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Algolia is a search-as-a-service platform delivering digital experiences for companies.

NLP Staff Software Engineer - Core API Squad

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Algolia is seeking a Software Engineer to improve and contribute to its search engine. You will be responsible for implementing new features, making them run in production and improving the overall quality of the code base.

This is a unique opportunity for someone who wants to help Algolia improving language support and relevancy. All sorts of challenges arise in a distributed search network of more than a thousand machines: ranging from improving existing features to designing new ones at scale!
You need to be autonomous, concerned with producing readable and maintainable code, and having a knack for solving problems in a pragmatic and efficient way.

Algolia keeps innovating with features to make the search engine smarter and our customers’ lives easier: from Query Rules, to handling language specificities (compounds, declensions, segmentation…) or voice search, the scope is ever expanding. That will give you many opportunities to have a major impact on the company’s success by producing bleeding edge features.

Are you a developer willing to contribute in a C++ codebase? We’re looking someone who doesn’t just maintain, but raises the bar for how we think about search and relevance. You should value and practice transparency, have the humility to accept your weaknesses and continuously strive to improve both personally and professionally. Are you ready for the challenge?


YOUR ROLE WILL CONSIST OF:
* Design and implement new NLP features from draft to deployment
* Identify opportunities to improve the search engine
* Troubleshoot issues in production environment (On-call)
* Provide support and technical mentorship to junior engineers to help them grow
* Help the Product Manager and Product Designer write functional specifications
* Design the software architecture and write technical specifications
* Coordinate with other teams (infrastructure, analytics, API clients...) to ensure smooth project deliveries

YOU MIGHT BE A FIT IF YOU HAVE:
* 8+ years of development of production-released code
* Experience with the problematics around natural language processing (NLP)
* A rock-solid foundation in Computer Science (data structures, algorithms, software design)
* Ability to work in a UNIX-like environment and practical knowledge of shell scripting
* Full professional English proficiency
* Ability to make independent decisions and taking ownership for them
* Rigor in high code quality, automated testing, and other engineering best practices

NICE TO HAVE:
* Knowledge of C++
* Knowledge of rest API design
* Experience debugging a program on a remote system
* Experience with distributed systems

WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN LIVE OUR VALUES:
* GRIT - Problem-solving and perseverance capability in an ever-changing and growing environment
* TRUST - Willingness to trust our co-workers and to take ownership 
* CANDOR - Ability to receive and give constructive feedback
* CARE - Genuine care about other team members, our clients and the decisions we make in the company
* HUMILITY- Aptitude for learning from others, putting ego aside

BENEFITS:
* Private Medical Insurance
* Life and Disability Insurance
* Business Travel Insurance
* Relocation support
* Company Canteen (high standard)
* Flexible work hours and time off

PERKS:
* Competitive pay and equity
* Coaching and sponsorship to participate and speak at leading industry conferences
* Ongoing professional education opportunities through internal & external workshops, including public speaking, language learning (English/French)
* Fun: we spend time together — team building, socializing and making tools that encourage getting to know teammates across offices and continents
* Charitable contribution matching
* Unique referral rewards program: refer a candidate, and we’ll donate to your charity of choice
* Corporate flats available for the first months of relocation and when you travel to different offices
* Fully stocked kitchens
* Team workouts
* Meals & happy hours