Jr SW Dev - Java - Back end - EdTech content management system development

Technology Brno, Czechia


Associate Software Engineer

Brno, Czech Republic



The Opportunity: 
Recently combined with Anthology, Blackboard offers the largest EdTech ecosystem on a global scale, supporting over 150 million users in 80 countries. The company’s mission is to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community so that learners and educators can achieve their goals.  


We believe in the power of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. As we expand globally, we are committed to making diversity, inclusion, and belonging a foundational part of not only our hiring practices but who we are as a company. 


For more information about our company and career opportunities, please visit www.blackboard.com.



This role focuses on SafeAssign, Blackboard’s cloud-based solution for plagiarism checking. Your focus will be on maintaining and improving the Java code base, implementing new features, fixing bugs and reducing the technical dept. You will implement and maintain tools and scripts to help decrease operation toil. You will work with site reliability engineers and test automation engineers and participate in operating and monitoring the cloud environments. 



As a member of our Product Development organization, you’ll work in an agile environment delivering industry-leading SaaS products and web service platforms. Software engineers work in a team environment, collaborating on the design, implementation, and support of Blackboard’s products. 



Specific responsibilities will include: 

  • Participating in hands-on technical design, coding, and implementation of product features  
  • Enhancing and supporting existing cloud-based product; designing and implementing new features; assessing and paying down technical debt 
  • Collaborating with teammates and others to design solutions to complex problems 
  • Participating in agile planning and execution 
  • Acting as an engineer on a development team responsible for developing and testing features and fixes for SafeAssign 
  • Contributing to the ongoing support and improvement of SafeAssign product 
  • Working with a variety of software development technologies, tools, and techniques (e.g. Java, Linux, Agile/Test-Driven Development, etc.) 
  • Developing a deep expertise in certain areas of the product to serve the primary point of contact for support and consultation 



The Candidate:

Required skills/qualifications:

  • Hands-on software development experience 
  • Abstract thinking and understanding concepts of OO programming and design 
  • Knowledge of J2SE programming in Java 
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills 
  • Knowledge of SQL and good orientation in database programming in Java 
  • Basic command line scripting knowledge in Linux like environment 
  • Very good command of English (written and spoken) 



Preferred skills/qualifications:

  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architectures and RESTful Web Service best practices 
  • Knowledge of Amazon Web Services (S3, EC2, RDS, Lambda, IAM, SQS) 
  • Knowledge of ElasticSearch 
  • Eclipse IDE or IntelliJ IDEA knowledge 
  • Experience with a version control system (Git, Perforce) 
  • Experience with a bug tracking system (JIRA) 
  • Build tools experience (Ant, Maven) 
  • Advanced JavaScript, Struts, Spring, Hibernate 
  • Experience with web application server technologies (Tomcat or similar) 
  • Experience with databases Oracle, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL


The Office: 

Blackboard has an office in the beautiful and vibrant city of Brno. 

  • Great office location in city center near Luzanky   
  • Accessible by public transportation as well as bike, with bike stands and showers in the office   
  • Cozy personal office spaces where you can shut your door to really focus or leave it open to interact with others   
  • Great benefits including health & life insurance and English lessons   
  • Countless walkable places to eat 
  • Option for remote work during COVID-19 pandemic



This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time.   



Blackboard is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, protected military/veteran status, or any other legally protected factor.  

Req ID: 184