Search Backend Engineer (Vancouver) in Victoria, British Columbia

Search Backend Engineer (Vancouver)
Search Backend Engineer (Vancouver)

deviantART, Inc. is looking for an experienced software engineer to join the rest of our backend team in Vancouver, BC.
We are an Alexa top-150 site and home to the largest arts community on Earth, with tens of millions of users and hundreds of millions of works of art.  Our small backend team is responsible for the systems that power, as well as for designing next-generation technologies for content discovery and delivery.  As the newest member of this team, you'll be working directly with other senior engineers and data scientists; you will not have to report to any non-technical managers.
The newly-opened deviantART Canada office is located in the vibrant Gastown district of downtown Vancouver.  If you like the idea of working in a historic brick-and-timber office within seconds of walking, cycling, and rapid transit connections, and with stunning ocean and mountain views, then we think you'll enjoy it here!
We're looking for someone who can:
participate in the design, development, deployment and ongoing management of core backend systems
understand the end-to-end design, implementation, configuration, and operation of our search infrastructure
take responsibility for improvements in software scalability, performance and reliability
Here's a sample of what our backend team has done lately:
built a recommender system drawing on each of our hundreds of millions of unique works of art
launched a new algorithm for automatically identifying and promoting high-quality art from the more than 100,000 pieces submitted each day
designed a faceted browse system that dynamically adapts to users' search queries in real time
developed a service that transparently reuses connections to our MySQL servers in order to reduce overhead and improve throughput without requiring changes to client code
configured a cluster for running massively distributed "big data" analysis jobs
You're a great fit for us if you have:
expert-level knowledge of C++, including the STL and Boost
extensive practical experience building infrastructure for large-scale search and content delivery, using Solr, Lucene, Hadoop, Memcached, Thrift, or related technologies
strong knowledge of SQL and NoSQL databases such as MySQL and HBase; ideally working with very large data stores
exposure to modern machine learning techniques; including algorithms for classification, regression, topic modelling, and computer vision/image analysis
a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field
5 years of professional software development experience in agile, team-based environments
legal authorization to work in Canada
an appreciation for quality coffee and a desire to hone your barista skills
We enjoy looking at code samples. Please include links to your live projects, github accounts, etc.
To apply, please visit our online application page.
Location: Vancouver
Compensation: salary, equity, health, RRSP benefits commensurate w/experience
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