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Software Development


2014-06-27 20:40


Spark is hiring a front-end developer to make simple and elegant interfaces in a world filled with ugly crap: engineering tools.

Engineering tools like Spark's tech stack exist to make an engineer/designer/developer's life easier. Yet they so often don't. We believe that engineering tools should be as easy to use as consumer products, because everyone likes easy. At the same time, they must be advanced enough to handle the complexity that advanced users will throw at them.

To see the sort of thing you might be working on, check out our Web IDE:


Our web IDE was built from the ground up using Ember.js and Ace code editor. Your job would involve expanding upon existing interfaces like the web IDE to make them better, and building new development and administrative interfaces for Spark's users, who range from Saturday afternoon hobbyists and artists to product designers and professional engineers.


  • Develop front-end administrative interfaces for Spark users
  • Create and implement wireframes for new interfaces and new features
  • Work with existing code base to improve on current features
  • Run A/B tests on UI and act upon results


  • Degree in computer science, or equivalent work experience
  • Fluency in HTML/CSS/JavaScript, as well as common templating languages (Handlebars, Markdown, SCSS/LESS, etc.) Familiarity with modern web design principles such as responsive design
  • UX/UI/Design experience/background is a huge plus
  • Experience with Ember.js is a huge plus

We're a fast-growing start-up with venture capital and crowdfunding in hand seeking like-minded individuals to join our team and help define the nascent Internet of Things.

Here at Spark, we make tools for engineers and designers to create amazing new experiences through internet-connected hardware. Our first product, the Spark Core, is a Wi-Fi development kit designed for engineers, designers, and product creators who want to build a Wi-Fi connected product. We also provide a cloud service, the Spark Cloud, to communicate with and manage a fleet of connected devices. Our tech stack provides a simple, affordable, open source solution for connected products, for things like Wi-Fi connected sprinkler systems, garage door openers, thermostats, Nerf guns, whatever. We help everyone from Makers to large enterprises, and we're building our team to keep up with our growing base of customers big and small.

Spark is currently based in Minneapolis, but will be moving HQ to San Francisco this summer. We offer competitive salaries, equity, health insurance, and a casual, flexible work environment. We will hire employees anywhere, although proximity to San Francisco is a plus.

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