Lead Software Engineer (full-time)

  • San Francisco
  • Melbourne
Seeking a Lead Software Engineer to deliver the core platform architecture and end-to-end functionality of our modern mobile apps, as well as prepare the platform for future products.

About Lua

Lua is a dating app designed by entrepreneurs and experts in the personal development and relationship field.

Our purpose is to deepen intimacy and connect people to Love. Lua's platforms infuse mystery, eros, and technology, create meaningful connections, and facilitate personal growth. We’re starting with a dating app for conscious communities.

We are in service of Love, humanity, and the planet. We are transparent, take self-responsibility, and are willing to grow personally and professionally. Whatever we do, we do it with passion and dedication. We are radically innovative and open to change.  

What is the role?

The person in this role will be responsible for delivering the core platform architecture and end-to-end functionality of our modern mobile apps, as well as preparing the platform for future products such as web applications and machine learning-based matching services.

We are looking for a person who is passionate about technology, security, stability, scalability, data integrity - and if you love intimacy and depth, that’s a bonus.

This role will report directly to the CTO, playing a key role in the company; for the right person, there will also be equity options in the business. 

Does all of this resonate with you? If so, we’d love to hear from you.


  • Responsible for the backend software architecture and development of our mobile application (iOS & Android)
  • Work with data scientists and analysts to build an effective data pipeline to constantly and automatically improve our matching algorithm. 
  • Deliver scalable and performance solutions
  • Responsible for providing guidance and leading technical designs.
  • Mentoring and coaching junior engineers.
  • Be involved in the planning and development of new products and processes.
  • Participate in technical design discussions across multiple products.
  • Develop and manage well-functioning databases, micro-services, and applications
  • Write effective APIs
  • Test software to ensure responsiveness and efficiency
  • Troubleshoot, debug and upgrade software
  • Create security and data protection configurations
  • Write technical documentation

What are the skills and qualities we are looking for?

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • You’re curious and empathetic, with an eye for the bigger picture. You deal with complexity by collaborating with colleagues, listening to customers, testing ideas, and continuously learning. You take authorship for what you create.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and will thrive on analyzing problems, formulating solutions, and making those a reality. 
  • Proactive monitor technology trends such as emerging processes, standards for new technology that may create opportunities.

We need you to have:

  • Demonstrable tech leadership experience.
  • Strong experience in modern engineering practices and disciplines.
  • Ability to stay calm in challenging circumstances and work through problems methodically.
  • Ability to question decisions and challenge the status quo. 
  • Be details oriented.
  • Good understanding of Agile & Lean delivery principles. Provide input to team processes.

And these technical skills:

  • Proven experience as a Backend Developer or similar role
  • Previous experience working in scalable server-side programming for mobile apps.
  • Strong PHP skills including Symfony framework and Laravel
  • Experience with Python for data engineering purposes
  • Demonstrable experience in Unit Testing Principles
  • Always-on microservice architecture
  • Strong PostgreSQL including performance optimization
  • Strong Javascript and Nodejs
  • Experience with event streaming, service bus, or message queues (Kafka, RabbitMQ, or similar)
  • Strong experience with AWS cloud services
  • Strong understanding of web security (OWASP TOP 10, etc.)
  • Adherence to a strong DevOps, CI/CD pipeline management mindset 

It would be nice if you had:

  • Working with Docker containers and Kubernetes 
  • Experience with building CI/CD pipelines, infrastructure as code, DevOps, automation
  • Experience with Data Science methodologies (e.g ML, AI, NLP) 
  • Experience in working with NoSql databases
  • Experience with microservice architectures
  • Experience with javascript frameworks such as Angular or React

Qualities we look for

  • Radically innovative and open to change. You're eager to learn new things.
  • Playful, creative, and take time for stillness.
  • In service of Love, humanity, and the planet. 
  • Transparent and communicative, take self-responsibility, and are willing to grow personally and professionally.
  • Authentic, value healthy boundaries, and honor all genders equally.
  • Striving to integrate our consciousness, heart, emotions, and sexuality.
  • Whatever you do, you do it with passion and dedication.
  • You take responsibility and get things done.

Perks & Benefits

We're here to create a world-changing app, grow and enjoy ourselves while we do it.

Lua is not an 'ordinary' place to work.


  • Remote work
  • Competitive salaries (and equity depending on the role)
  • Growth and co-learning with talented and high-performing colleagues
  • One-on-one meetings with leadership
  • Flexible working hours
  • Semi-annual salary review.


  • A progressive and caring work environment that celebrates your authenticity and humanness
  • Playful and deep team connection activities (including our version of team parties)
  • Your health and wellbeing matters to us!
  • Meetings can include sharings and meditation
  • Working with curious and open-minded people committed to evolving into the best people they can be
  • No bureaucracy and transparent communication
  • Wear what you like.

Lua is in a startup stage and we are so excited to co-create this app with you. We are excited to invite the right match onto the team!


Additional information

  • Remote status

    Fully remote


London, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Berlin, San Francisco and Melbourne
We usually respond within a week

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Workplace & culture

At Lua, all of you is welcome. We see work as a place to become more yourself and to grow personally and professionally.

At Lua, we are...

Radically innovative and open to change.

Playful, creative and take time for stillness.

In service of Love, humanity and the planet.

Transparent, take self-responsibility and are willing to grow personally and professionally.

Authentic, value healthy boundaries and honour all genders equally.

Striving to integrate our consciousness, heart, emotions and sexuality.

Whatever we do, we do it with passion and dedication.

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