You’ll be building and running the backend systems that make Chromatic hum. We’re not talking about a simple CRUD application. We run an elastic browser rendering grid on AWS Lambda, managed by a queue service backed by Redis and written in Node.js, which uses GraphQL to talk to our application backend, which in turn is built on Express and backed by MongoDB. And then there’s connections to various 3rd party APIs. In short: you’ll be working on interesting problems and leveraging your foundational CS skills and experience in building scalable systems.


  • Build new backend services at massive scale — millions of browser sessions over thousands of machines every day.
  • Configure scalable, elastic cloud infrastructure and deployments to run the services you build.
  • Troubleshoot infrastructure issues including outage post-mortem analysis and customer issues traced to backend services.
  • Participate in the engineering team’s on-call rotation (mostly during business hours owing to our distributed team).
  • Work closely with product to help refine specifications and provide technical guidance.
  • Mentor and provide technical leadership both for your teammates and within the larger open source community.
  • Help define our product roadmap through ideation and your knowledge of backend development.


  • 5+ years of real world experience building and operating (scaling, debugging) complex backend systems.
  • CS/Software Engineering degree or proven understanding of CS fundamentals.
  • Some experience in a low level language such as C, Rust or Go (i.e not a scripting language).
  • Experience setting up and operating on a complex PaaS environment (e.g AWS).
  • Excellent technical communication skills and enthusiasm for writing things down.
  • Bonus: Experience working with web browser internals and/or Node.js.
  • Timezone: US East Coast to US Pacific (you don’t have to live in the US) or EU.

You’ll join our world class engineering team to build software you’ll be proud of. We build tools that are used by thousand of development teams around the world. And of course we use them ourselves. We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Why work here?

 Build the tools behind the biggest sites. Our products help companies develop UIs for hundreds of millions of people.

 Work with brilliant frontend people who helped create core frontend tech for thousands of companies from Airbnb to Zenefits. Three times. In a row. Meteor, Apollo GraphQL, and now Storybook. Learn more

 Have a big impact and learn a ton by working across open source, cloud services, and developer experience. You’ll ship products you can be proud of.

 Now is the best time to join. Storybook is one of the fastest growing open source projects with wide adoption. We’re profitable and scaling quickly with customers like Shopify, Adobe, and BBC.


  • Be respectful
  • Take pride in the work
  • Invest in each other
  • Inspire others to grow
  • Outcome over ego
  • Don’t overthink it
  • This is supposed to be fun


  • Work from anywhere
  • Annual retreats
  • Health benefits for you and yours
  • Parent and family-friendly
  • Home office setup stipend
  • Learning stipend
  • Unlimited vacation
  • 401(k)

Everyone talks to customers

The best way to serve customers is to talk to them. We schedule one day a week for you to get to know our users first-hand. You’ll learn about their challenges, answer questions, implement improvements, and support their success.

Our top secret business model

Build an open source project to scratch our own itch. Build production-grade cloud services that complement the open source project. Use that money to build more open source stuff. Along the way, make UI development faster and more satisfying for everyone. About us

Join an inclusive team

We’re an equal opportunity employer. We don’t discriminate based on race, nationality, belief system, sexual orientation, gender, age, military service, marital or partnership status, family or parental status, disability or any other status protected by law. View other openings