Senior Software Engineer - Search Platform
Wikimedia Foundation
Cape Town, Western Cape
3d ago
source : findojobs-za

Senior Software Engineer - Search PlatformSummaryOur small team is passionate about making knowledge discoverable. We are responsible for the search engine used on Wikipedia, its sister projects, and for the Wikidata Query Service.

We are looking for a software engineer to help us bring the Search Platform team to the next level.We use open-source tools as much as possible, and always open source our own work.

Java, PHP, Python and Scala make up most of our code, but we value using the right tool for the job. Our world is vast and can be complicated, so we value communication, enthusiasm, and an eagerness to learn.

  • You are responsible for : Work and communicate clearly and effectively within a small team that spans multiple time zones across the worldHelp maintain, scale, and extend our Elasticsearch-based search engineImprove the integration of Search, Wikidata Query Service, and the MediaWiki platformGet your hands dirty to fix things at all levels of the stackSkills and Experience : Good working knowledge of software design principlesGood understanding of how to scale applications, in terms of load, complexity, and performanceAbility to work in a Linux server environmentWrite code in Java and PHP that stands the test of timeDemonstrated experience in large-scale Java or PHP applicationsBe willing to travel occasionally - sometimes internationally - for team and organizational meetingsProficient English speaker and writerAdditionally, wed love it if you have : Degree in computer science, statistics, math, physics or other quantitative discipline;
  • equivalent experience learned hands-on on the job also worksExperience with Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene or another search engineExperience working on open source, collaborative development projectsUnderstanding of free culture / free software / open source principlesExposure to applied machine learning (ML), deep learning, or natural language processing (NLP)Familiarity with statisticsExperience with an internet software environment operating at scale;
  • for example, messaging platforms that process hundreds of thousands of events per secondBig thumbs ups if you are a contributor to WikipediaShow us your stuff! If you have any existing open-source software that you've developed (this could be your own software or patches to other packages), please share the URLs for the source.

    Links to GitHub, etc. are especially useful.About the Wikimedia FoundationThe Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects.

    Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely.

    We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

    The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15.

    We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States (c) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

    As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace.

    We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

    If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or -.

    Health Care Benefits Covered at % : We cover % of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependentsWellness Reimbursement Program : Up to 1,.

    00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and moreTechnology and Equipment Stipend : In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive .

    00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtuallyProfessional Development Program : Up to .00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials(k) Retirement Plan : Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting periodPaid Time Off : Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes : vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer daysFlexible Schedules : Options available to balance your personal and remote-work lifeSilent Fridays : No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each weekNew Parent Leave : Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to workFertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan : Reimburses staff up to 5,.

    00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,.00 USDAssistance for those unexpected life events : Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance programPre-tax Savings Plans : Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.

    S., we defer to our PEO (Professional Employee Organization) to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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