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Jr SW Eng - Java/Scala/AWS - Full stack - EdTech SW for ACCESSIBILITY

Job Req: 181
Company Entity: Xythos Czech
Community: Technology
Location: Brno, Czechia
Date Posted: Apr 28, 2022
Remote: No
Travel Requirements: None

Job Description

Associate Software Engineer

Brno, Czech Republic



The Opportunity: 
Recently combined with Anthology, Blackboard offers the largest EdTech ecosystem on a global scale, supporting over 150 million users in 80 countries. The company’s mission is to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community so that learners and educators can achieve their goals.  


We believe in the power of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. As we expand globally, we are committed to making diversity, inclusion, and belonging a foundational part of not only our hiring practices but who we are as a company. 


For more information about our company and career opportunities, please visit


This role focuses on Blackboard Ally, a revolutionary product that makes digital course content more accessible. As the accessibility of digital course content is becoming increasingly important world-wide, institutions must address long-standing and often overbearing challenges. Blackboard’s Ally engineering team is responsible for developing industry-leading tools to improve accessibility through inclusivity, sustainability, and automation for all students. You can check some more details in the following video at 

As an Associate Software Engineer on our team, you will design, develop, and maintain features of the Ally product. You’ll communicate and partner with other developers, QA and SRE engineers in the Ally team. In this role, you will work on an ethical product, using Scala for the backend and JavaScript for the frontend. We run our applications in the AWS cloud and use Git for version control. You’ll work on a distributed team, collaborating with colleagues around the globe.   

The Candidate:  

Required skills/qualifications:  

  • Familiarity with the full-cycle development process  
  • Knowledge of backend programming languages (e.g. one of Java, Javascript, Python, etc.) 
  • Willingness to learn Scala programming language 
  • Familiarity with relational database design and querying concepts  
  • Willingness to break things and make them work again  
  • Good command of English  



Preferred skills/qualifications:

  • Awareness of how distributed systems work  
  • Experience developing, building, testing, deploying, and operating applications  
  • Familiarity with working with cloud technologies   
  • Functional programming experience such as Haskell or Scala 
  • Experience with frontend development or interest in learning 




The Office: 

Blackboard has an office in the beautiful and vibrant city of Brno. 

  • Great office location in city center near Luzanky   
  • Accessible by public transportation as well as bike, with bike stands and showers in the office   
  • Cozy personal office spaces where you can shut your door to really focus or leave it open to interact with others   
  • Great benefits including health & life insurance and English lessons   
  • Countless walkable places to eat 
  • Option for remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic



This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time.    



Blackboard is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, protected military/veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.  

Req ID: 181


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