Senior Software Engineer in Algorithms & Platform

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | Full-time


Role Summary:

This is an opportunity in the exciting and fast-growing transportation technology industry. Public transit is being transformed from a system of static, scheduled fixed-routes, to a dynamic on-demand network, and you will be one of the pioneers shaping this transformation.

As a senior member of our Algorithms & Optimization team, you will help architect and scale up our systems and suite of algorithms that power RideCo's core ridesharing platform. The ideal candidate must possess a sound grasp of Algorithms and Data Structures, strong critical thinking and reasoning skills, and be passionate about building efficient, elegant solutions to complex problems. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of building scalable and maintainable systems and understands how to deliver solid code within rapid agile iterations.



At RideCo you will be focused on building scalable and maintainable solutions within the RideCo platform, making use of your well-honed technical skills to improve our existing software and participating in the continuous improvement of our development and release processes. You will spearhead initiatives that will see our platform to next-level scale.

You will:

  • Contribute to a distributed platform architecture design for smart partitioning of the problem space, caching mechanisms, and microservices.
  • Use various logging data to identify areas of the platform that can be improved either in design or implementation, and make actionable recommendations.
  • Have a deep understanding of database systems and how to analyze and optimize query performance.
  • Craft database migrations that result in zero downtime and minimize deployment risk. 
  • Identify database performance issues and implement solutions ranging from adding indices to overhauling data models. All without incurring downtime. 
  • Build systems to intelligently automate manual bottlenecks in service rollouts.
  • Expand the system’s capabilities to new features and use-cases while maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Prototype, iterate on, develop, and test the ideas and algorithms that you invent.
  • Build tools to gain greater visibility into the performance of our Optimization engine.
  • Coach more junior engineers on best practices and improve processes where they can be improved.
  • Advocate for product and platform improvements that improve the long term stability of the RideCo platform.
  • Understand how to identify work that delivers the greatest value and the tradeoffs that come with prioritizing performance or stability improvements over product work and vice-versa.


Your playground / what you’ll learn:

At RideCo you’ll get a chance to play, learn and build with the following tools and technologies, and as part of a cross-functional team that is the world’s foremost innovator in on-demand transit software.

  • Languages: Python, JavaScript / Angular
  • Web Stack: Django, Flask, Gunicorn, Nginx
  • Mobile: Ionic, hybrid apps for Android and iOS
  • Logistics Engine: algorithms for real-time vehicle routing, Optimization
  • Mapping/Routing: OpenStreetMap, Open Source Routing Machine, Traffic forecasting algorithms
  • Infrastructure: AWS, Terraform, Redis, PostgreSQL, Celery, RabbitMQ
  • Health/Monitoring: AWS CloudWatch, Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana
  • Development Processes: Agile, continuous integration, Jenkins, zero-downtime software updates 

Qualifications and Experience:


  • A deep and intuitive understanding of Algorithms and Data Structures.
  • Past experience building or maintaining a scalable public-facing system with compute-intensive workloads.
  • A willingness to share knowledge with junior engineers on industry best practices.


Specialized knowledge. Seeking candidates with expertise in two or more of the following:

  • Combinatorics and Discrete Optimization
  • Online Algorithms
  • Open Street Maps or Open Source Routing Machine
  • Distributed computing / Web Scale architectures.
  • High performance computing applications.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related technical discipline and 7+ years of experience in Software Development. Past experience building or maintaining a scalable public-facing system with compute-intensive workloads.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base Salary: $150k - $200k + performance-based bonus or stock options.
  • Work-Life Balance & Additional Perks: Flex-time work schedules, vacation time, weekly catered lunches, social events, casual dress code
  • Benefits Plan: Medical, dental, prescription, life/health spending accounts and more
  • Work Environment: Located in KW's most desirable work space in the heart of Uptown Waterloo 
  • Commuter Program: Complimentary rides to and from work 

Who we are: 

RideCo powers on-demand transit. Public transit agencies use RideCo's cloud-based software platform to provide on-demand shared rides in dynamically routed buses and vans. Our clients include some of the world’s largest transportation operators such as Los Angeles Metro, Houston Metro, San Antonio Metro, and Calgary Transit. 

Have you experienced getting frustrated with transfers and waiting while taking a public bus? Have you seen buses drive around in low-density areas with very few passengers on-board and wondered how inefficient that seems to be? You are likely aware of the first & last mile access challenges faced by transit hubs. We are solving these problems by re-imagining shared mobility. Imagine a world where vehicles have dynamic routes responsive to real-time trip demand. This 'dynamic shuttle' (or van /sedan) would pick you up, on-demand, at or near your doorstep, and take you to your destination or transit hub. Along the way, it may pick up other passengers going in your direction. Your experience will be seamless: less waiting, less walking, fewer transfers, shorter travel time, and timely pickups and drop-offs. RideCo's 'dynamic shuttle' platform enables this seamless experience and low-cost shared rides for vehicle fleet operators and their passengers. By seamlessly moving more people in fewer vehicles we are catalyzing a generational shift in how people get around cities and towns. This means commuters spend less time in transit and more time doing what they enjoy. 

RideCo powers a diverse range of use cases, including residential/ suburban travel; first-mile-last-mile connections for transit hubs; and corporate employee transportation. We are investing to scale up and capture the growing demand for on-demand shared rides solutions. 


RideCo is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to building and supporting a culture of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We hire the best talent regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.  Building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills benefits our employees, our customers, our products, and our community.  

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you require special accommodation to complete any portion of the application or interview process, please contact