Machine Learning - Senior Software Engineer (Search)

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Elastic is a search company with a simple goal: to solve the world's data problems with products that delight and inspire. As the creators of the Elastic Stack, we help thousands of organizations including Cisco, eBay, Grab, Goldman Sachs, ING, Microsoft, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and many more use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. From stock quotes to Twitter streams, Apache logs to WordPress blogs, our products are extending what's possible with data, delivering on the promise that good things come from connecting the dots. We have a distributed team of Elasticians across 30+ countries (and counting), and our diverse open source community spans over 100 countries. Learn more at elastic.co

We are looking to add a hardworking software engineer to join our team, who can help contribute to our information retrieval initiatives through machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP).

Your primary focus will be driving forward development of machine learning based information retrieval features in the Elastic Stack. You will be working and collaborating with exceptional engineers in the machine learning and core Elasticsearch teams.

What you will be doing

  • Design and implement new NLP and ML-driven features in the Elastic Stack

  • Work on topics ranging from learning to rank, click and attention modelling to semantic matching and natural language querying

  • Work with senior technical leads and product management to prioritise, design and deliver new features that use the power of modern information retrieval practices

  • Promote knowledge share and collaboration in a distributed team

  • In collaboration with project lead, incubate and grow a virtual team

  • Create and maintain testing and development environments

  • Working with the community on bugs and performance issues and assisting out support engineers with tougher customer issues

What you will bring

  • Industry experience in information retrieval, building search systems at scale, in a role such as search relevance engineer, search data scientist, or similar

  • Experience in academia or industry with modern information retrieval topics and techniques, such as learning to rank, click modelling, search evaluation, and question answering

  • Demonstrated data science and machine learning fundamentals, being able to apply research to real-world problems in search

  • 5+ years experience Java / C++ / Python

  • Self motivated, collaborative style, open communicator, experience distributed

  • Good attention to detail and highly organized

  • Real passion for data, analysis and achieving excellence

  • Experience with the Elastic Stack is useful, but not mandatory

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving — we match up to 1% of your salary
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Elastic is an Equal Employment employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all applicants and employees. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. Elastic also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees consistent with applicable law.

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