Careers at Burner

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Hello. We’re Ad Hoc Labs, the makers of Burner.  We're a mobile software company focused on creating tools to empower consumers by giving them better control of their privacy, communications, and identity.  We're passionate about this mission.

We’re an early startup based in Silverlake, Los Angeles. We’re proud to be located in the heart of Los Angeles's burgeoning east side culture. We value excellence, independence, ownership, and trust in each other. We strive to keep a culture of collaboration and learning to grow both our business and technical skills. 

We are looking for exceptional individuals who can bring their skills and passion to the team. We strive to create excellence in our product and also want it to reflect the personality of our team. Hence, we want people who are both technically strong but also authentic, unique individuals.

In all technical positions, we are looking for people with software development experience and strong Computer Science fundamentals. As part of a small collaborative team, effective communication skills are important, and we will both encourage and expect you to exhibit ownership in our application stack.

We have excellent perks and benefits, including:

  • 100% health insurance coverage for employees, dependents & domestic partners
  • creative, dog-friendly work space in a converted industrial building in a walk- and bike-friendly neighborhood
  • collaborative but autonomous work environment (and we use slack, trello, and other low-friction collaboration tools), with an emphasis on good communication
  • kitchen stocked with craft coffee and beer from east-side and other local purveyors


Current positions:

Senior Platform Engineer

Burner is empowering people to take control over their primary channel of communication – the phone number. As Platform Engineer, you will be a key member of a team building the next generation of mobile privacy tools. You will work closely with the mobile and product teams to architect new features and build out fast, scalable backend services.

Our team members are encouraged to embrace new technologies/frameworks and find the best tool for every problem. We are currently making use of Scala, functional programming, and TDD to develop new services. 



  • Build fast, scalable features on the server side to support the Burner mobile app ­

  • Work closely with the mobile engineers and product owners to move quickly on new projects ­

  • Maintain and improve existing infrastructure, and be willing to jump in when things break


  • At least 5 years experience working with JVM languages ­

  • At least 2 years experience working with Scala ­

  • Experience with Postgres and Redis ­

  • Experience designing highly responsive REST APIs ­

  • Experience building microservices and distributed systems ­


QA Automation Engineer

Burner is looking for a motivated QA Automation engineer to join our group. You are passionate about ensuring our users have an excellent experience along all dimensions and will take ownership of working  with the mobile and backend teams to drive  the quality of the entire Burner stack, from mobile apps through backend services.


  • Develop and administer automated UI testing on mobile clients and integration tests on back-end REST APIs

  • Maintain accurate defect tracking records

  • Work closely with mobile and backend developers to address coverage gaps and resolve issues

  • Constantly iterate and improve procedures and tools that help us test our products



  • Computer Science Degree or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years of related experience

  • Proficient with scripting languages (Ruby/Python/Shell)

  • Experience writing automated UI tests for iOS / Android mobile applications using Calabash

  • Experience writing automated tests for REST APIs

  • Comfortable working with Git for source control



  • Experience using and administering Jenkins


Growth Manager, Mobile

The Manager of Marketing & Growth will be responsible for building and leading a center of excellence around user engagement, and retention, as well as leading development of the tools, infrastructure, measurement and insights to support it end to end.

This is a new role and will be a mission-critical part of the team that manages the growth and optimization functions for one of the top-grossing apps in the Apple and Google app stores and will work closely with stakeholders across business, product, design, marketing and technical teams.

This role will report directly to the Chief Revenue Officer and will have a significant impact on revenue and growth metrics for the category-leading Burner app, representing an opportunity for qualified and passionate candidate looking to build a practice from the ground up or level up from a more specialized role.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in mobile.


  • Overall responsibility of the strategy for growth and engagement, from inception to execution, including measurement and reporting

  • Develop insights and lead ideation, evaluation and implementation of a queue of a/b tests and other optimizations across acquisition channels, product elements, and communications touchpoints that drive improvements in user activation, engagement, retention, and conversion metrics

  • Measure and iterate user engagement, behavior, and conversion in funnels using tools like Google Analytics, MixPanel, and Adjust.  Serve as a “key customer” and help guide specifications for instrumentation, tagging, and other analytics implementation elements

  • 3rd-party tool sourcing, evaluation, and selection

  • Develop and communicate metrics and reports to a wide range of stakeholders including the Board

  • Assess personnel and agency needs to grow and support robust, scalable channels

  • Work closely with senior leadership team to close communication loop on competitive and market trends in your channels

  • Track and own KPIs around this role’s goals of growth and conversion



  • Dedicated to becoming a world-renowned growth expert

  • 1-2 years of mobile marketing experience

  • The courage to take risks, we want you to have an opinion

  • Proven analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Be super-cool and fun to spend time with (seriously)



If you are interested in one or more of these positions or would like to be considered generally, please drop us a line at Include your resume and note specific experience. Also send any links or information that represents you technically and as a person: Github, Linkedin, photos, favorite hobbies or reading topics.

You may also apply via Angellist or Stack Overflow.