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Junior Data Engineer

| Austin

You're looking for a team where you can drive decisions, be challenged and build a powerful and novel product. You want to collaborate with smart, creative, and energetic people. You’re comfortable with being uncomfortable. You look for projects where you can learn new technologies and techniques. You’re comfortable designing, developing, testing, and launching software. You’re creative. And if this sounds like you, you sound like someone we want on our team.

New Knowledge is on a mission to defend public discourse. We build products that repair online communities, identify manipulation, and help them communicate more authentically. In a world where social media is being manipulated on a massive scale, this is no small task. We care about protecting communities, brands, and companies from being targeted by the spreading of disinformation. The kind of people who work with us have to be passionate about that challenge and mission.

While we take our mission very seriously, we are also a team of fun-loving, laid-back, self described geeks who love tacos and topo chico.

Summary:

We are looking for junior engineers with an interest in working on our data pipeline. The best candidates will have an interest in the state of the art stream and batch processing architecture and a strong desire to grow skills in this area.

What you’ll work on:

  • Work as part of a team to design, develop and maintain New Knowledge’s data pipeline
  • Support and monitor pipeline performance in production
  • Create and maintain documentation capable of describing how the pipeline work to non-technical audience
  • Work as part of a team to integrate new services into New Knowledge’s data pipeline using tools like Docker, Kubernetes, Kafka, PostgreSQL and more.

Skills:

These are not hard requirements or an exhaustive list. Consider this an outline to give you a better understanding of what you’ll be doing. We expect a junior engineer to meet at least half of these requirements and be comfortable and excited to learn the rest

  • Experience or familiarity plugging processes into Kafka or similar distributed systems
  • Experience or familiarity with popular stream processing framework such as Spark Streaming, Kafka Streams, Flink or similar
  • Experience supporting or writing batch analytics (relational and/or hadoop ecosystem)
  • Experience working with, configuring or supporting workflow automation/coordination tools like Airflow or Luigi
  • Understanding of how to evaluate data model, database indexes and how to evaluate a SQL query performance

Other notable skills:

  • Ability to monitor current solution to understand its limits and stay ahead of business needs
  • Work with senior engineers to research, prototype and implement new services and tools
  • Comfortable in a role where you will be constantly learning and working as a part of a team doing things no one in the company has done before

Who you are:

  • 1+ years professional software development
  • Experience with gathering/analyzing social media, text and image data is particularly relevant
  • Highly motivated to research, prototype and implement state of the art data pipeline in partnership with a team of engineers.
  • Comfortable with knowing what you do not know and asking for help or finding your own answers when required

Why we love working here: 

  • Competitive salary, 401(k) matching, and Fortune 500 level healthcare
  • We are a business that trusts and embraces technology and harnesses it for good. We embrace diverse ideas, autonomy and collaboration
  • Professional development opportunities–– we host lunch and learns, hold weekly 1-1’s, and have a policy where you can expense professional development books
  • A diverse leadership team that wants to uphold ethical practices in our software development process
  • A strong commitment to creating a diverse environment
  • Free parking in our building in downtown Austin
  • Free access to a gym in our office building
  • A $2,000 annual credit that you can spend on the technology and work gear of your choice
  • Parental leave (plan with your manager) and unlimited vacation (and no, that is not code for you never take a vacation, we encourage and value time off)
  • Weekly catered lunches and a stocked kitchen full of fruit, energy bars, popcorn, coconut water, and other healthy snacks


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're located downtown, we're not in Capital Factory, there are 8 bars in a 1 block radius from our office, and we pay for parking. Mic drop.

An Insider's view of New Knowledge

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe in the office is genuine and welcoming. Too many times tech companies try to contrive their culture, and tell people how they need to act. This couldn't be more different from New Knowledge. It's an environment that celebrates individuality, and welcomes new ideas.

Chelsey

Demand Generation Marketing Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

New Knowledge’s research division, NK Labs, is responsible for driving discoveries in emerging artificial intelligence and machine learning research through open-source DARPA programs — Data-Driven Discovery of Models (D3M) and Active Social Engineering Defense (ASED) — which we use internally to build tools to fight disinformation online.

Numa

Machine Learning Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I have learned how to incorporate feedback from users to make models and statistics to answer multifaceted questions about communities on social media. I have also had the chance build APIs around my models in order to make them more accessible to users.

Becky

Data Science Manager

What is your vision for the company?

To bring authenticity to the internet. Most people believe the internet is a cocktail party at scale. In reality, the conversation online is driven by hyperactive mobs, or factions as we call them, that exploit platform dynamics to manipulate the narrative.

Jonathon

CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

A slightly unhealthy obsession with a futuristic cat that guides how we proactively pounce on this problem. Integrity, obsessive pursuit. nerdiness, collaboration, accountability, and teamwork are the DNA of our company. We are relentless in our pursuit, and IONCAT leads the charge.

Ryan

COO

What are New Knowledge Perks + Benefits

New Knowledge Benefits Overview

We are a startup company in the fun sense, we move quickly and get a lot done, but an established company when it comes to benefits. We have funding and revenue and we know the value of investing in our employees to grow New Knowledge. We offer Fortune 500 level health care benefits, vision + dental, free parking, a 401(k) + matching, and professional development opportunities.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Our leadership team is 50% female! New Knowledge is an autonomous company staffed with a diverse array of passionate, brilliant people who trust each other and love what they do.
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 14 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Quarterly.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Free parking in our downtown office
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program.

Additional Perks + Benefits

People love working here because they get a chance to do purpose-driven work with smart, dedicated colleagues. We like to treat our team by doing monthly team-wide events like Alamo Drafthouse movie screenings, escape rooms, and stand up paddle boarding. We take care of our employees by providing healthy lunches once a week and a variety of snacks and beverages throughout the week. We also offer an annual stipend to purchase the gadgets, books, subscriptions, and other tools you need to be successful and happy at work. There are many more benefits to working here at New Knowledge, apply to find out!

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