Foldscope Instruments, Inc. is a Bay Area start up with the explicit mission to get scientific instruments into the hands of children around the world. Our first and flagship product is the Foldscope, a paper-based microscope that can be manufactured for about a $1. To date, we have distributed 1.4 million Foldscopes to over 150 countries around the world.
As a Software Developer, you will be responsible for designing classroom-friendly user interfaces and developing digital products for new scientific educational tools. This will involve collaborating with our engineering team, maintaining existing software, and helping integrate our online ecosystem, mobile application, and any digital or hardware products.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, design, or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in designing efficient and reusable front-end systems.
  • 2+ years of JavaScript experience, including concepts like asynchronous programming, closures, types, and ES6.
  • 2+ years of HTML/CSS experience, including concepts like layout, specificity, cross browser compatibility, and accessibility.
  • Strong React and Node abilities.
  • A strong understanding of UI/UX principles, cross-browser compatibility, responsive web design, and general web functions and standards.
  • Possess home office environment with development PC and high speed Internet connection.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Knowledge of current web design trends and best practices.
  • Experience with MEAN and MERN.
  • Experience with Firebase.
  • Familiarity with SEO principles and ensuring application adherence.
  • Experience with Figma, Sketch, or Adobe Illustrator mockups.
Besides the primary job requirements, you will be expected to contribute to group meetings and brainstorming sessions for new product ideas and corporate strategy. Additional tasks may be required at the discretion of the CEO.
We currently work from home, but this may change once it is safe to return to a workplace.
We believe that people with an affinity to our mission will be the best candidates for a position with Foldscope. You must believe in what we are trying to do and be willing to plunge full force into this job! We need sincere, personable people with integrity and spirit. If you have been in a professional programming role before, all the better, but it is not necessary if you have a thirst to use your skills to help reach children around the world with a new set of tools that will allow them to discover a whole new world. We hope you are a practical person with the basic skills to get things done. We trust that you will apply yourself fully to whatever tasks are required.

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