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Senior Software Engineer - Desktop

GitHub is changing the way the world builds software, and we want you to help build GitHub.

We’re looking for an engineer to join our team to develop Desktop apps like GitHub Desktop [1] and more. You will work with our team to:

  • Make it easy for coders to commit their work by providing a UI to interact with their Git repositories
  • Integrate the right Git and GitHub workflows into Desktop apps
  • Provide coders a safe workspace to handle confusion and gotchas around Git and their work
  • Improve our Open Source community

Stack: Our applications are built on Electron and make significant use of TypeScript and React.


Your responsibilities on Desktop would be to:

  • Ship features that improve people's workflows with Git, GitHub and other collaborators
  • Collaboratively define and prioritize projects and tasks
  • Encourage the technical growth of your peers
  • Review code and provide thoughtful, constructive feedback for your team and the community
  • Triage, reproduce, and debug technical support requests, bugs, and feature requests reported by users in our Issues on GitHub
  • Help maintain and evolve our internal infrastructure
  • Foster an open source community around the products we ship

A day in the life of a Desktop Application Engineer

Our team is distributed worldwide which means we work asynchronously most of the time. Your typical week would include:

  • Collaborating with design, analytics, support, and product management to understand the problems we want to solve and exploring how we can solve them
  • Responding to feedback from design and product management
  • Discussing and collaboratively solving engineering and product problems with engineering collaborators in Slack
  • Opening a Pull Request to implement the next most important feature or fix the most critical bug
  • Trying to reproduce a reported bug and responding to issues with the open source community
  • Reviewing your teammates' Pull Requests and providing helpful feedback
  • Working with your engineering manager in your one-on-one meetings to grow your team and career

Because we work on open source projects, you can always visit our repo on [2] to see what we are working on and how we interact with the community.


Ought to have:

  • Strong written communication skills
  • High degree of empathy
  • 5+ years experience as a full-time professional coder
  • Experience with React and JavaScript/Typescript
  • Experience working asynchronously on a remote, distributed team (does not have to be professional experience)

Nice to have

There are only a handful of folks who meet all qualifications. Is this you? Excellent, please apply. But we care most about developers that have a track record of caring deeply about shipping software that helps people with their work. Either way, we want to hear from you.

  • Experience with React or Electron
  • Desktop application development experience for any or all of macOS, Windows, and Linux
  • Familiarity with Git
  • Willingness to develop on multiple platforms and languages
  • Knowledge of testing, profiling, and debugging practices

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.



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