Backend Engineer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Uken is looking for a Backend Engineer to work on our Platform Team to manage and improve our rapidly growing infrastructure. Our infrastructure is constantly evolving so this role will have the opportunity to learn, build and suggest new tools!

You will be working on meaningful things like:

  • Enabling fast, reliable and consistent user experience by measuring and optimizing the entire technology stack
  • State of the art containerized, microservice architectures for gaming backends
  • The entire scope of a custom, flexible big data/analytics solution with a serverless architecture
  • Automating tasks and streamlining processes to easily manage a growing 200+ server farm
  • Analyzing and improving efficiency, scalability, and stability of various system resources
  • Writing, reviewing and documenting code in various languages and frameworks
  • Maintaining 2 Million+ TCP sockets and pushing 2 million+ real time messages in 1 second
  • Debugging the hardest problems, live

Your background should include:

  • JVM languages (e.g. Java, Scala)
  • Cloud computing technology (Amazon AWS)
  • Linux, networking and security skills
  • Experience measuring, optimizing and automating everything
  • Experienced building tech that operates at scale
  • Contributions to an Open Source Project
  • Passion for the tech industry; interest in emerging technologies

Some recent technology we have been focusing on include:

  • Microservices with Spring Boot and Vertx(async non-blocking) frameworks
  • Big Data/Analytics with Spark and Serverless architecture
  • ECS, Kubernetes, Docker
  • Mysql, Redis, DynamoDB, InfluxDB, Redshift
  • AWS (EC2, EBS, VPC, S3, EMR, CloudFormation)

We believe in a fun and meaningful work environment:

  • You'll be equipped with a high-end laptop, monitor and mobile device
  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • Full health, dental and vision coverage
  • Fully catered breakfast, lunch and snack-filled kitchen
  • Uken social nights including movie night, pub night and more…
  • Convenient location at the corner of King & Duncan

About Us

Uken builds beautiful social games that make people stare, smile, jump, and feel awesome inside.  We consider ourselves designers and technologists, storytellers and artists. Through collaboration, we pair the craft of design with feedback and data to deliver a pace and rhythm in each game that ends in delight. Our games are enjoyed by millions of people everywhere and we’re just getting started. 

Uken welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who would contribute to the further diversification of our team. 

Uken is committed to offering reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at

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