Senior Backend Engineer

Toothpic is an app that takes the pain out of dental care and allows people to access the care and advice they need, when they need it. We are based in Dublin and New York.

At Toothpic, we’re building the future of dental care. Over the past 4 years we have become a leader in consumer focused dentistry. Each day people use Toothpic to find a dentist, get a dental report from their smartphone and take control of their oral health.

We’ve spent the last 2 years on a number of major pilots and in 2019 we are beginning large scale rollouts to a contracted population of over 40 million members.

We are expanding our Dublin team to prepare for a very exciting 2019 and beyond, so if this sounds like you, we would love to talk.

Key Things We’re Looking For

  • 3-5 years experience with backend application development, focusing on scalable RESTful API design supporting Native Mobile Apps and SPAs.
  • 2+ years Experience with API or MVC frameworks such as Rails, Laravel, Django, Sinatra etc.
  • SQL database experience (PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite).
  • Experience with deployments to Heroku, AWS, or similar.
  • Hungry for impact and growth, motivated for constant learning, proactive at collaboration, and strong sense of responsibility.
  • A track record of balancing fast-and-dirty and long-term code maintainability with scalability always in your mind.
  • Being comfortable dealing with a lot of moving pieces and the ability to prioritise these effectively.
  • Enjoy being part of a small team and actively thinking of ways to enhance our processes, internal tools and the way we work.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science (or equivalent demonstrable professional experience).

Extra Credit If You Have

  • Deep knowledge of Ruby and a Ruby framework such as Rails, Sinatra, TrailBlazer, etc.
  • Experience with Redis, Elasticsearch, Docker, AWS S3, SNS and Lambda.
  • Experience working with healthcare related software and PHI compliance.
  • Experience working with Aptible.
  • Familiarity with tools and services such as Postman, Rollbar, Travis CI.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Building new features from start to finish, including architecture design, coding, testing, and supporting in production.
  • Helping to maintain, refactor and scale the Toothpic backend.
  • Tackling a wide variety of technical issues throughout our backend stack and contributing to all parts of the code base.
  • Helping to build the engineering team as we grow from pilots into full commercial deployments with hundreds of thousands of users over the next 12 months.
  • Using and evaluating third party tools and services that may be integrated with our codebase.
  • Own new products and features, from breaking down requirements, planning tasks for other engineers and shipping to production in weekly sprints.
  • Lead code reviews and provide guidance for junior engineers to maximize their potential.
  • Collaborate on the product roadmap with Product, Sales and Customer Support functions.

Personal Attributes

The culture at Toothpic is one of the most important aspects of the company. Here you’ll find
people who appreciate the value of your time, respect your personal context outside work, and
discuss with facts, not opinions. The list below includes aspects that will make working at Toothpic
a breeze:


  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Keen attention to detail with superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • The confidence and desire to challenge yourself and others around you.

Benefits at Toothpic

There are some usual perks to working with Toothpic, like the city centre location and the flexible hours, but there are some small things that are important to us too.


  • Remote working options
  • Flexible hours.
  • Flexible holidays.
  • In office health activities, like yoga or group runs.
  • Bike to work scheme and in office bike storage.
  • Toothpic life (our social committee) including game nights.
  • Free coffee in local cafe.
  • Bonuses for excellent work.
  • Training budget.
  • An office dog named Dash.

Salary is commensurate with experience

If this sounds like the right fit for you, then we’d love to hear from you. Please email our COO, Jack Berrill ( and tell us why you are the perfect candidate!