Software Engineer - Personalization

We are looking to hire a product-focused engineer to our brand new Personalization team. In this role, you will apply text mining, NLP and machine learning technology to the applied problem of building a private, local community-based social media platform.  This person will bring a background of sophisticated machine learning experience to drive personalization and recommendation abilities as we grow: first throughout the United States, and soon, the world.  If you love extracting big meaning out of nebulous data, optimizing on algorithms and optimizing again, and want to take your grand, big company experiences to a team in pursuit of a great mission – this is the job for you! 


  • Apply data-mining, machine learning, information retrieval and/or NLP techniques to a variety of relevance and modeling problems involving members, neighborhoods, neighbor relationships and behavior, neighbor interests and their location-based activities.
  • Deploy and improve performance of your machine learned models in production.
  • Strategize and design the use of aggregate and user-level data to create an optimized user experience.
  • Analyze unstructured text and extract relevant entities to aid in categorization and personalization of content.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced startup environment.


  • Ph.D. or M.S. in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, or a related field
  • 3+ years working hands-on with any of the following technologies: machine learning, information retrieval, NLP, artificial intelligence or social media analysis.
  • Extensive experience writing and implementing own code; Python experience preferred.
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced startup environment.
  • Strong desire to learn about new technologies and systems.
  • Want to work in San Francisco - we can help you relocate if necessary.


  • The opportunity to work with a collaborative and entrepreneurial team on a powerful mission to change the world, one neighborhood at a time
  • 100% company-paid health insurance premiums (medical, dental and vision) for you and your family
  • Paid vacation and company holidays
  • 401K plan
  • Meaningful equity for all employees
  • Commuter benefits through Clipper card
  • Free catered dinners during the week, Monday-Thursday
  • Fully stocked kitchens with drinks, snacks and candy
  • La Marzocco espresso machine with Blue Bottle coffee
  • Vibrant downtown San Francisco location near Union Square
  • The option of an adjustable standing desk
  • Shiny Apple products and a free smartphone on your start date

To learn more, check out our engineering blog at https://engblog.nextdoor.com. 

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