Data Engineer: Chicago

The Nerdery is seeking a Data Software Engineer to work on a wide variety of projects as part of our team.

About the Software Engineering Team

At the Nerdery, our Software Engineering team believes strongly in quality workmanship, meaningful collaboration, and outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on being able to partner with our clients to develop custom software to solve their business problems.

From startups to corporations, our team makes an impact on millions of users every day.

About the Position

As a Data Software Engineer at The Nerdery, you'll have the opportunity to work on projects for a wide range of clients. We have opportunities to solve customer projects with a wide variety of frameworks and platforms such as Scala, Java, Hadoop and others. The position provides opportunities to expand your horizons to reach your personal development goals.

Most of our engineers contribute to a multitude of projects each year. You’ll never feel like you’re stuck working on a single project for the rest of your career.

About You

You are passionate, flexible, and ready to collaborate with talented engineers to craft brilliant applications from even bigger ideas. You’re a good citizen of the web who believes in choosing the right tool for the job, values including all users, and understands the power of testing.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with clients to understand business needs and create scalable technical solutions.

  • Document key aspects of a project for the client and other team members.

  • Contribute to our collective brain power through innovation and peer review

  • Architect and implement scalable, distributed data processing solutions to meet business needs.

  • Create prototypes in Scala, Python, R or other languages to create models from real world data and evaluate their effectiveness.


  • Expert in Scala and Java

  • Experience working with Hadoop and large amounts of data

  • Experience with Python, R, or Matlab

  • Experience with Git source control

  • Experience with Linux

Nice to have

  • Experience with Apache Spark and any of its submodules

  • Experience with natural language processing, machine learning, data

  • modeling, etc.

  • Experience consuming and designing REST APIs

  • Experience with Apache Hive or Pig

  • Experience with columnar, document, or key-value data stores such as

  • Accumulo, HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB, Redis, etc.

What’s Next

After you submit your application, you’ll talk with a Nerdery Talent Advocate. The Talent Advocate will answer any questions you have about the job and validate that you’re the person we’re looking for. Next, you’ll receive the Nerdery Assessment Test (NAT). The NAT is a quick exercise that will provide you with an opportunity to showcase your technical skills. Once complete, an engineer from our team will review your NAT and either provide you with in-depth feedback on the submissions or invite you to a second interview to discuss the opportunity to join our team.

We hope to hear from you soon!

See Inside the Office of The Nerdery

Founded in 2003, The Nerdery is a developer driven interactive production shop, partnering with advertisers, marketers, and other creatives to build award-winning interactive projects. The Nerdery was founded by three developers and has exploded into a fast growing company, working collaborative to deliver top results—and be the best place in the world for nerds to work.

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