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Pittsburgh - 3 jobs in April 2015

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RAND Corporation | Santa Monica - D.C. - Pittsburgh - Boston | Research Software Engineer & Data Science Engineer

We are looking for eager, creative folks who partner well with PhD level researchers to create cool prototypes of research concepts.

We are the world’s leading public policy and decision making think tank. Read more about us here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAND_Corporation or here: http://bit.ly/1ImrPH8 or here: http://rand.org

You will work on project teams of research staff and domain experts and will often be the sole software engineer on the project. Our group functions a lot like an internal software development consultancy.

For Research Software Engineer position, technical needs will vary by project so you should be a well-rounded generalist able to develop solutions in MORE THAN ONE of the following application areas: web, mobile, desktop, visualization, database, modelling & simulation, machine learning, and statistical analysis.

For Data Science Engineer position, similar to above but with your well-roundedness being more in the neighborhood of visual analytics and Hadoop/Spark/”Big Data” type skills.

Don’t be scared! You don’t have to be wizard at all these. The researchers provide the depth, you just provide the breadth, creativity, and eagerness to learn.

Good work life balance compared to startups and mainstream tech companies. 20 days of vacation per year that you are incentivized to take! Respectable salaries despite being a non-profit. Relocation package negotiable.

Ready yet? Shoot me your resume at: dev.hiring@rand.org



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IBM Watson in Pittsburgh has eight open positions as of this posting. This is for full time and IBM will do visas for qualified candidates. Our internships are largely closed, more on that in the reply.

I’m a software engineer and former consultant on the Watson Explorer connectivity team.


* Software Engineer * Quality Engineer * Quality Engineer * Senior Quality Engineer * Support Engineer * UI Developer * Design Team Manager * Technical Product Manager

We’re looking for folks versed in Java, Scala, and the Ruby on Rails stack. We do things like TDD, real actual pair programming†, kanban, agile-ish planning (IBM Design Thinking, not some convoluted buzzword bullshit), automated builds, “use the right tool for the job even if it’s not an IBM product”, and daily stand ups that, for the most part, never run past 15 minutes.

We have award-winning engineers, writers, and speakers in our office. One of IBM Design’s principals is located here, too. A few of our staff are on conference organizing committees for Steel City Ruby, DevOps Days, SATURN, etc. Almost half of our desks are standing desks in our open space office plan (where sitting is fine, too!) with a roof deck in the middle of a bustling, multicultural business district.

We like to have fun, too, having regular board game lunches and evenings, hosting meetup events, weekly communal lunch cooked by one or more of our fantastic cooks, and managers that are incredibly full-of-clue and treat us like the adults we all are.

We try to keep our interview process as bullshit-free as possible. If we think you look good on paper, we’ll reach out for a phone chat and give you the details on a pretty open-ended code test, where you’ll implement a simple library. If we like your solution, then we’ll invite you for a live culture fit and technical interview, in-person if you’re near or remote if not. This process has given us a ridiculously low turnover.

You can read more in the many /r/pittsburghjobs posts I’ve made throughout the years both as IBM and as Vivísimo, the startup that IBM acquired in 2012:


† no, really. We shoot for 50%-75% pairing, otherwise known as “pair when it makes sense”.


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Appcelerator Titanium Mobile Developer @ FreshTemp (https://freshtemp.com) - Part time, Remote, Pittsburgh, PA

We are a fast growing combination software and hardware company that monitors temperature for food safety in restaurants. We're well funded.

Our mobile application is currently used by restaurant owners and employees to take spot temperatures required for corporate or legal compliance. We've proven that customers want this, and now we need to take it to the next level by adding non-temperature question and answer capabilities and improving the UI.

You would be improving upon our existing codebase to add functionality and make improvements. Commits will go through stringent code review until your advisor has ensured your code has met all requirements.

You have strong JavaScript skills.

You are fluent in English.


This is a part-time job with flexible hours. We'll have at least 15 hours of work per week for you for the foreseeable future. You have to work at least a few of those hours between 10am and 10pm US Eastern time. You must be legally permitted to work in the US. You'll be paid as a contractor with a 1099.

To apply, fill out our Google Form here: http://goo.gl/forms/s7pFMEfk7t