Principal Developer – Social & Collaboration 


Software Development | Lehi, Utah, United States

Principal Developer – Social & Collaboration

  • Lehi, Utah, United States
  • Software Development
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 


With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.


Principal Software Developer –Social & Collaboration


We are seeking a top-notch Java Engineer to take our Social & Collaboration features to the next level. You’ll join our team developing innovative solutions to revolutionize the sharing of genealogical discoveries with the world. You will help drive the architectural decisions and development of customer profile data and services, our notification system, peer to peer messaging, and sharing services.


What you will do:

  • Development in Java using Spring Boot focusing primarily on backend processing
  • Data management with technologies such as MySQL, NoSQL, and caching
  • Develop and improve highly available and reliable applications
  • Work within an Agile (Scrum) development process
  • Write clean, well designed, testable, efficient code.
  • Write excellent unit and integration tests

What you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or equivalent degree/experience)
  • Minimum of ten years’ industry experience developing applications in Java. A qualified candidate must have a fundamental understanding of core Java language, and demonstrate an ability to solve problems in Java
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of SQL
  • Experience with Linux-based continuous delivery
  • Experience writing Unit Tests, Integration Tests and SonarQube
  • Familiarity with Java tools and the JRE
  • Understanding of software development processes, patterns, and principles
  • QA Automation experience is a plus
  • Experience working in a cloud-based ecosystem such as AWS experience is a plus

Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.


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