Junior Software Engineer - Data collection

| 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:

This role is not one-size fits all. We are excited to consider candidates from all types of backgrounds. Be prepared to discuss how your background, personal strengths and previous experience can contribute to your ability to excel in this role and help New Knowledge accomplish its mission. This is an ideal role for lifetime learners interested in moving into software engineering. In lieu of previous development experience we will consider candidates who can demonstrate relevant skills with personal/professional projects, volunteer work, blogs or other ways you can showcase your interests and talents.

Important things in no particular order:

  • We have revenue and are VC funded, but this isn’t a Redbull-fueled, brogrammer kind of place.
  • The company is based in Austin, and we give preference to candidates who already live in Austin.
  • We're building applications from scratch and have the ability to build in the most relevant, latest technologies.

What you’ll do:

  • Design, develop and maintain web scrapers written with Python
  • Create tests and other early warning signals to alert when and how scrapers fail
  • Support and monitor scrapers performance in production
  • Create documentation capable of describing how your scrapers work to non-technical audience
  • Work as part of a team to integrate scrapers into New Knowledge’s data pipeline using tools like Docker, Kubernetes and Kafka

Skills:

  • Familiarity with HTTP, HTML, Javascript and how websites are built
  • Ability to create abstractions. Much of your work will require you to find commonalities across disparate datasets and re-use code where possible.
  • Experience with Selenium, Python scraping libraries (Scrapy, Beautifulsoup, etc.) is a plus.
  • Familiarity with tools and techniques used to extract data from websites is a plus.

Who you are:

  • You are seeking a career transition from related fields such as QA, analyst roles or other non traditional background which you feel will make you an excellent team member.
  • And/or you are a highly motivated recent graduate of a coding bootcamp.
  • And/or you already have 2+ years experience developing software as part of a team.
  • You’re adaptable and looking for new things to work on
  • Not afraid to ask for help

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
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks

Location

We love this area because of all the amazing local spots to eat or grab a beer, close proximity to tacos is very important. We also have free parking.

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 Associate

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Weaponized narrative and disinformation campaigns are storming into our lives over the Internet. It is incredibly rewarding to have a career where you can detect these activities and protect our institutions and the communities and discourse around them.

Dakota

Software 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 Scientist

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

What we do requires creativity from everyone in the company. The space is large and the problem unsolved - this isn't something anyone's built before. Our success depends on everyone looking for being resourceful and creative. We give people the tools they need, the problems we're facing and the guidance they may need to discover the right tools.

Sandeep

CTO

What makes someone successful on your team?

A slightly unhealthy obsession with protecting people, people who are driven to solve problems by relentless curiosity, and a technical ability to explore various data sets and persuasively present discoveries.

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) and professional development opportunities.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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