Senior Software Engineer, Applied Machine Learning

3+ months agoSan Francisco, CA


Every day, SmartNews analyzes millions of URLs to deliver the top articles that matter in near-real time to millions of users around the world. Our News Ranking team, along with our AI Foundation team, works on a range of recommendation and optimization problems, e.g. news feed ranking, push recommendation, search ranking/discovery, collaborative filtering, personalized recommendation, diversification to deliver the world's quality information to the people who need it.


This is a hybrid of system engineering and machine learning role:

  • Propose machine learning initiatives to fuel our business growth, build end to end machine learning framework/solution to improve our KPI/metrics
  • Write server-side production code for applications that are robust and efficient
  • Develop machine learning algorithms, combining with rule-based optimization to deliver improvement in product metrics
  • Build recommendation and ranking algorithms for news articles
  • Develop toolings to make ML engineers to be more productive
  • Lead medium/large sized projects to improve news ranking

Minimum Qualifications
  • 3+ years of experience in designing and implementing machine learning algorithms, and applying them to real world problems
  • Solid Machine Learning background and deep understanding of certain domain of machine learning techniques, especially in natural language processing, recommendation systems, computer visions
  • Strong software development skills with proven record of shipping changes to production that improved product metrics with machine learning technologies
  • Able to have deep end-to-end understanding of sophisticated ranking systems and can proactively detect problems and make improvement suggestions
  • Good written and spoken communication skills, can work across functional teams
  • Expert coding abilities in multiple programming languages (e.g. Java, C++, Python, Scala)
  • MS or BS in computer science, mathematics, physics or other quantitative fields

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with cloud based architecture (e.g. Amazon Web Services)
  • Strong interest in news media and our mission

  • Equity included
  • 100% medical, dental and vision insurance coverage (100% coverage for dependents)
  • Monthly housing, commute, mobile phone and gym allowances
  • 401k matching program
  • Free lunch, snacks, drinks, etc.
  • Pet friendly office

Job ID: SmartNews-D44B346237