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Pittsburgh - 2 jobs in May 2015

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

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

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

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 positions, technical needs change with every project you work on. You should be a well-rounded type able to create solutions with the tools and tech that make most sense for the project. You could be writing an Angular prototype one week, Python NLP tools the next, and some social media analysis after that.

For the Data Science Engineer and Visualization Engineer positions, similar to above but with a focus on Hadoop/Spark/“Big Data” skills and visualization tech such as D3, Tableau, and R Shiny. We have particular strategic needs in Hadoop and Tableau, so if that is you, definitely hit me up.

Don’t be scared! You don’t have to be a wizard yet. The researchers provide the depth; you provide the breadth, creativity, and drive.

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. Santa Monica headquarters are a block from the ocean. Relocation for good fits.

Ready yet? Shoot me your resume at:




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IBM Watson | Pittsburgh | Front-end, back-end, QA, support, and PM

IBM Watson in Pittsburgh has six open positions as of this posting. This is for full time and IBM will do visas for qualified candidates.

I’m the software engineer tech lead on the Watson Explorer connectivity team and former consultant with the product's Professional Services team.


* Watson Technical Product Manager

* Watson User Interface (UI) Junior Developer

* Watson Software Engineer

* Watson User Interface (UI) Developer

* Watson Quality Engineer

* Watson Support Explorer Engineer

We’re looking for folks versed in Java, Scala, and the Ruby on Rails stack. The UI positions are heavily focused on Angular.js and Bootstrap. We're in new development mode right now, so if you like to start from nothing, you'll like what we're doing.

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 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.

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