Flexible hours

Various work from home options

Dog friendly

Employment type
Full time

Who We Are

Element is the startup that employs the core team behind matrix.org— the leading project for secure, open decentralised communication.

Matrix’s mission is to make messaging as open as email— allowing everyone to choose where their data is hosted, enjoy private conversations thanks to advanced encryption, and ultimately be in control of their own communication.

Matrix powers Element, our flagship messaging apps for the web, iOS & Android, along with Element Matrix Services (EMS), our SaaS platform for personal & professional use.

We build things for everyone, and we know we can’t succeed without a diverse team. Our hiring process is designed to be humane and give candidates the best chance to show us what you can do. If we ever fall down on this, please let us know.

The Role

Element is heavily investing in building out Matrix as the missing signalling layer for WebRTC: providing an open and decentralised e2ee transport for negotiating media streams and data channels. This is not just for E2EE one-to-one voice and video calls: we have recently extended Matrix to support scalable decentralised E2EE group voice and video calling too (MSC3401).

This role is your opportunity to build out this new open ecosystem of secure VoIP communication - whether that is by working on Selective Forwarding Units, client UX, gateways to existing VoIP platforms or even extending our signalling to support 3D video calling and other metaverse use cases.

Beyond VoIP, we are seriously working on ensuring that Matrix is the communication layer for the metaverse - both for communication and even world data. If you believe the metaverse should be open and equitable, come join the resistance to make it happen!

Since (almost) everything we do is open source you can get a great feel for exactly what it would be like to work on the team, come and say hi!

Requirements

The most important thing is that you believe passionately in the mission of decentralisation of the internet. More specifically that you believe that communications should not be centralised in the hands of a small number of very large organisations and instead individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with.

Additionally we are looking for someone who is:

  • Smart, curious and enthusiastic
  • Likes to ship early and often
  • Likes to write tests :)
  • A tireless advocate of code quality (understanding the need for trade-offs in the short term whilst keeping us honest in the long term)
  • Enjoys working in an Agile/Lean development environment
  • Is articulate and empathetic.
  • Is comfortable with the pace, trade offs and ambiguity of an early stage startup (specifically: how to take care of yourself and get your work done without working crazy hours).

Your experience

We don’t have hard requirements, we just want to build the best possible team, but as a bonus it would be great if some of the following are true.

  • Experience in WebRTC development
  • Knowledge of legacy VoIP protocols a plus (eg SIP)
  • Experience maintaining and/or contributing to open source projects
  • Experience working in a continuous delivery environment

If you have any questions before making an application reach out to Mischa (@mischawalmsley:matrix.org) via https://app.element.io/

Benefits

Our general approach is to treat people like adults and acknowledge that by being flexible we create an environment for people to do their best work. For more details here is our manifesto. That said specific points that differentiate us.

  • Work on FOSS projects with high visibility and a large enthusiastic community
  • Since our technology is relevant to anything that requires real-time comms, the role provides exposure to a wide range of domains from web and app dev through to VR, VoIP and IoT.
  • Family friendly environment, many of the team have small children and we look to accommodate that as best we can.
  • People tend to stay with the company for a long time, we take this as a sign that we have a cohesive supportive culture, that we have engaging challenging work and that people can develop their skills and careers here for the long term.

We build things for everyone, and we know we can’t succeed without a diverse team. Our hiring process is designed to be considerate and give candidates the best chance to show us what you can do. If we ever fall down on this, please let us know.

Element does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

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Flexible hours

Various work from home options

Dog friendly