Backend Developer


  • Malaysia
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 2 months ago
  • Apply easily

Proto is including everyone in the conversational AI movement, regardless of gender, geography, income or education level. Our AICX suite and HermesAI™ engine for rare and mixed languages, automate support for the fastest-growing emerging markets, where local language communication is the key to including bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers.

Our AICX suite is designed for 100% of the automation process at multilingual contact centers, with vertically-integrated products for rapid annotation, chatbot design, human takeover, case handling, and dialogue retraining.

Instead of reusing English-based natural language processing engines such as LUIS or Watson, Proto’s AICX solutions rely upon HermesAI™ — a customized engine for Global South languages such as Yoruba, Swahili, Thai and mixed-languages such as Manglish, Chinglish and Taglish, built by an exceptional team of NLP engineers from Taiwan to Malaysia to Ghana.

Our out-of-the-box AICX solutions for financial inclusion, energy distribution, player experience, and patient support are accessible via Fortune 500 enterprises and government entities to over 200 million consumers. These solutions have been designed through competitive sponsorship processes with organizations such as regional development banks, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network, and Rockefeller Philanthropy.

Proto’s global team of 30+ employees work across our priority markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas. We’re excited to welcome remote-first and SaaS-experienced team members.


Proto’s core values are integral to our ability to adapt and grow across incredibly diverse markets. All team members are expected to fail fast & often and voice local perspectives on everything from sales strategy to product design.

Build fast with usage. We deploy functional products and iterate fast with real-time usage. With this approach, Proto rapidly implements cutting-edge natural language processing technology.

Lead first into frontiers. We target customer segments in underserved markets around the world. With this curiosity, Proto ventures first where others overlook.

Stay hyper-global. We’re a team with Taiwanese developers building Canadian software powered by Thai NLP for Swedish clients based in the Philippines. This won’t change.

Backend Developer

Proto’s Engineering department team members take pride in staying atop of the latest knowledge and best practices across our various programming languages. As a Backend Developer, you will be responsible for the development and maintenance of complex AICX software products and infrastructure by using Python.

  • 3+ years work experience with web backend development.
  • Strong in Python 3 and Flask development, including in areas of multi-threading, asyncio and performance optimization
  • Strong relational database skills: writing complex SQL queries
  • Adept at finding the right tool for each task, avoiding the NIH syndrome
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Test Automation (we use Gitlab Pipelines with docker-compose and pytest for build and test)

Experience in the following backend technologies is a plus:
  • NATS or other message queue tools
  • Redis
Experience in the following frontend technologies is a plus:
  • Vue.js
  • ES6

20 vacation days. In addition to national and local holidays in your country.

Remote / flexible work. We’ve been remote-first since founding, with a tested process of team collaboration that maximizes productivity (<5% of time spent on meetings).

Proto gear & allowances. Proto outfits its team with quality swag and offers a WFH program for computer and ergonomic equipment purchases.

High standards & autonomy. Work with a global team of self-starters doing their best work, led by a management team executing upon an ambitious expansion plan.

Proto is committed to equality of opportunity for all team members. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship or migrant status, pregnancy or maternity, and race or religion. We value diversity in our lives and business, and have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, discrimination and unethical conduct.

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