Software Engineer in Test


As a SET, you are a software engineer with a strong test disposition. You should have coding skills that are on par with the software engineers (SWEs) that you will be working with.

You will work closely with development teams to influence testability, taking into account the risks associated with the technology stack being used as well as the design and architecture of the software under test.  You will work to enable software engineers to deliver highly testable and stable code.  

You will use your software development and testing expertise to drive improvements in our software design and architecture. You will work closely with your peers in the Quality and Test Engineering and the whole Engineering Productivity team to drive improvements across the Foundation’s development and testing ecosystem. Lending your expertise to your peers, you will enable their success.

You are responsible for:

  • Design, implement, and support test tooling infrastructure.
  • Work with software engineers to improve the testability of their code.
  • Review unit and/or integration tests for completeness.
  • Work with the development and test engineering teams to automate testing.
  • Perform code reviews when necessary.

Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience as a Software Engineer in Test or Software Engineer.
  • Demonstrated success in improving the testability of code.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in JavaScript, PHP, HTML5, CSS, and modern web standards including their inherent risk areas.
  • Experience with unit testing frameworks for Javascript and PHP.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with software engineers.
  • Experience in ‘refactoring for test’ efforts. 

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Deep understanding of software testing strategies and tradeoffs.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience with containerization technologies like Docker/Kubernetes.
  • Experience working asynchronously in a globally distributed organization.
  • Experience with SDLC and Software Quality principles.
  • Familiarity with FLOSS.
  • Working knowledge of a language other than English

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
  • Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually 
  • Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
  • Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
  • Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
  • New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
  • Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
  • Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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