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Software Engineer - Frontend



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

About MotherDuck

Don’t let the quirky name fool you! We’re on a mission to transform the way people interact with and understand their data. We aim to empower and delight data practitioners by building an even richer, more scalable, and more collaborative experience atop the already amazing DuckDB open-source project.

We’re rapidly driving towards general availability and need your help to create many “aha moments” for our users. Our team is a diverse mix of passionate, collaborative and empathetic data industry veterans from Google, Amazon, Meta, Snowflake, SingleStore, and Databricks. We’re geographically distributed across 4 engineering hubs, spanning the US and Europe.

Core Responsibilities

As a frontend engineer at MotherDuck, you hold the keys to our user experience. You are tasked with developing the user interface for a highly technical product in a way that’s striking and satisfying, striving towards our vision to “make the hard things easy, and the impossible - possible.”

MotherDuck is still a new company and new product, and our technical foundations enable new interaction patterns for understanding and interacting with data. You will be directly involved in understanding user needs and reimagining the future of data analytics to meet those needs. Importantly, you are a seasoned generalist comfortable in ambiguity, and enjoy working closely and iteratively with other engineers, designers, researchers and product managers.


  • 5+ years of experience in software development, with a focus on frontend development.

  • Track record of developing delightful and expressive web applications and user interface components

  • Strong aesthetic sense for both end user experiences and internal component APIs

  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript / TypeScript.

  • Experience with React or other frontend frameworks

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and independent execution

  • Experience with rapid prototyping

  • Experience taking complex products from 0 to release

Nice to haves, but definitely not deal breakers

  • Previous experience working on databases, BI tools, developer tools, or data visualization

  • Previous experience on developer-focused tools like IDEs or code editors

  • Experience developing UI component libraries, implementing pixel-perfect implementations based on mocks, and sweating the details of micro-interactions

  • Experience working with WebAssembly (WASM) and interfacing between WASM and JavaScript

  • Solid understanding of the JavaScript and TypeScript tooling ecosystem

  • Experience with SQL and data warehouses

  • Experience with notebooks, SQL IDEs, and analytics tools

What we provide

  • Competitive compensation and stock options

  • For US-based employees:

    • 100% paid medical, dental, and vision for employees

    • 80% paid medical, dental, and vision for dependents

  • For Non-US based employees:

    • You probably have a functioning health system and social safety net so healthcare is not a major factor in employment. If that is not the case let us know and we’ll work something out.

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off

  • 401k plan

  • Regular offsites in hub or exotic locations

  • Geographically distributed team with hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, & Amsterdam

Please Apply

Does this role sound appealing to you, but you’re missing some of the requirements or don’t quite think you’re qualified? Please apply anyway. Research has shown that underrepresented groups in technology often shy away from roles which aren’t a 100% match. We aim to build a diverse team and will strongly consider applicants who bring many of the requirements plus have other experiences which round out their qualifications.

MotherDuck is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. MotherDuck is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and mental disabilities.