Syntacog Published: February 14, 2021
London, United Kingdom
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Founded by an ex-lawyer and data scientist, Syntacog's mission is to make the law easier to understand for non-lawyers.

Our first product is a health and safety app for small business. It transforms compliance from a confusing and time-consuming task into a simple guided quiz.

Is this your next job? Read the full description below to find out, and don’t hesitate to make an application.

The app provides customised advice on how to meet regulatory requirements, powered by a complex knowledge base kept up-to-date using NLP and AI to extract information from legislation, government guidance and best practice.

About the role:

Syntacog is an exciting new startup looking for developers to form the core of our technical team. You'll be the first or second engineer in a small, friendly team, working remotely across the UK. We expect to hire more than one person to cover everything that we need to do.

About you:

  • You like to learn new things - As an early stage startup, we expect that we're likely to need to pivot. You're keen and willing to learn new tools and share your expertise.
  • You're friendly and thoughtful about what you do - We're a small team building something cool together. You'll get the chance to shape our product, processes and culture.
  • You know that writing software is about more than code - You are comfortable taking on a degree of technical leadership; as well as collaborating with the rest of the team to design and scope features. You are more interested in picking the best tool for the job than a particular technology.
  • You like our tech! - The core of our product is based on Elixir and Phoenix, and we make heavy use of graph databases and related technologies.

We don't expect you to have direct experience with every part of our stack. If you have a solid programming background, including some functional experience (e.g. Clojure, Lisp, one of the ML family), and are keen to dive into Elixir we'd love to hear from you.


  • DevOps, including AWS, Terraform, CI/CD
  • Python or related scripting languages
  • Graph databases and RDF/SPARQL
  • Web scraping and crawling, parsing and transforming XML
  • Interest in good software engineering, e.g. design patterns, TDD
  • Data engineering, NLP and working with data scientists.


  • Pension
  • MacBook
  • Flexi-working
  • 28 days of annual leave (which includes bank holidays)

Also, if you need to work mornings while the kids are in school and then log on after dinner, we'll make it happen. If you're a night owl or need to take Wednesdays off, that's fine too. We're not fully asynchronous - there are a couple of team meetings and times when you'll need to collaborate with colleagues. But we trust you to organise your own time so that you can do your best work and still have a life.

  • Telephone call
  • Github review
  • Video Call with CTO
  • Referees
  • Offer!

Elixir, Phoenix, Python, Clojure, LispElixir, Phoenix, AWS, Terraform, CI/CD, Python, XML, TDD, NLP


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