We're Hiring a Backend Developer!

For inquiries, please contact Paul Fijal by email:

Who We Are

Awake Labs was founded in 2015 by Andrea and Paul. They founded the company out of a shared desire to build products that could provide access to timely, effective mental health support for everyone. And when we say ‘everyone’ – we mean everyone.

Our first users are adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) – a group of citizens who are often overlooked, shut away, and forgotten. Since launching our first pilot in March 2019, our technology is helping over 240 adults with IDD participate more in their communities and develop stronger and more trusting relationships. We are proud that our technology helps empower people to live happier, healthier and more independently.

Our platform includes a smartwatch app, a mobile app, and a web dashboard that measures stress and strong emotions in real-time using a clinically-validated algorithm. We work closely with our partners at Holland Bloorview Hospital, Community Living Ontario, and the Ontario Brain Institute to maximize our impact.

About the role

We are looking for a Senior Backend Developer with strong system design and security skills. In this role, you will lead the scaling up of our platform to create a performant, resilient, scalable and secure service for our customers. You will make design decisions and define development milestones. You will advise on technical direction and you will prioritize the privacy and security of our users.

Awake Labs welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Annual Salary : $75,000 – $115,000 CAD


You will:

  • Lead the scaling up of our API (JS, Flask, SQLAlchemy,) and database (PostgreSQL) with a focus on security and scalability

  • Be in charge of network & data security as well as systems administration

  • Define technical development milestones & timelines

  • Oversee and conduct code reviews and testing in accordance with best practices

  • Participate in the design, development, and management of other development efforts



  • You have 5+ years experience in API development, system design and network & data security

  • You have in-depth knowledge of SQL, relational database management systems (RDBMS), and NoSQL database systems

  • You are an expert in AWS

  • You have worked in small teams and you are comfortable setting tasks, managing priorities and keeping yourself and your teammates accountable

  • You are comfortable working independently from home and collaborating with a remote team

  • You learn quickly and you are excited to gain experience in new areas

  • You have built & launched products for enterprise and/or consumer applications

You will stand out if:

  • You have experience in analyzing system health & performance

  • You have worked with digital health and/or healthcare applications

  • You have strong mathematical & data science skills

  • You have worked on applications for wearable devices

Our team runs on:

  • AWS

  • PostgreSQL

  • Javascript (Node.js)

  • Python (Flask/Django/Pandas/SQL Alchemy)

  • React Native

  • Tizen

  • Grafana

Our Work Philosophy

We take pride in our commitment to empower people to live happier, healthier and more independently. As Awake Labs continues to grow, we are excited to welcome new team members who share in our vision. You will enjoy working with us if:

  • You are suited to work in a dynamic environment with a close-knit team

  • You are excited to play a part in growing and leading the Awake Labs technical team to help us realize our commitment to strengthening our product and procedures

  • You are organized, self-motivated, confident, accountable, and comfortable exercising initiative

  • You have an interest in mental health and you are keen to work with a mission-driven company

We prioritize the safety and well-being of our team members. Our team has been working remotely during the global pandemic and will continue to do so until it is safe for everyone to return to a more social lifestyle. Once the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end, we will continue to foster a work environment where well-being is the number one priority. This means that you will work where you are most comfortable; whether it’s at home, at the office in Toronto, or elsewhere!