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IBM Backend Software Engineer - Machine Learning in Austin, Texas


You bring the software engineering chops; we bring all you need to gain amazing new skills to deploy and scale AI and ML models in the real world!

Our mission is to revolutionize customer service by developing and deploying the latest conversational artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP) and speech technologies in IBM's industry-leading chatbot platform Watson Assistant.

We deploy, train and serve an enormous number of machine learning (ML) models for our enterprise customers from a diverse set of industries. We are proud of the state-of-the-art, scalable and performant machine learning infrastructure we have built, and we are now significantly expanding our team!

Your Role and Responsibilities

This position is for a senior backend engineer in IBM Watson Assistant's machine learning (ML) infrastructure team. Your responsibilities will include developing scalable and fault-tolerant distributed systems that will train and serve cutting edge machine learning models.

You do not need to have ML background; we will teach you! We are looking for experienced and strong back-backend developers, who have several years of experience with application development, preferably using container-based (e.g. with Docker runtime) micro-service architectures on the cloud (e.g. on a Kubernetes cluster).

Although this position is for ML infrastructure, you will have to always keep the business requirements and customer needs in mind. Your responsibilities will span the entire lifecycle of a component, including gathering requirements, design and development, continuous integration/deployment and operations. You will work with researchers, data scientists, user experience designers, and product managers to understand requirements, create technical solutions, and deploy to cloud.

You will use the latest software development tools, techniques and approaches and work with leading minds in the industry to build solutions you can be proud of. You will work in a collaborative, welcoming environment where new ideas drive technological innovation.

Above all, we are looking for team members with a keen sense of ownership, resilience and drive. If you like dynamic projects and enjoy being challenged, if you can make progress when faced with ambiguous requirements and uncertainty (and don't mind making a mistake or two on the way), then we may be the perfect team for you!

Location preferences: New York, NY; Cambridge, MA; Austin, TX; Littleton, MA; San Jose, CA; Raleigh-Durham, NC

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • At least 2 years of industry experience with Java, Python or C++ developing backend applications

  • Experience with design and development of production-grade applications.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience with container-based micro services for cloud applications (e.g. Docker runtime, Kubernetes)

  • Experience with deployment and troubleshooting micro services on Kubernetes

  • Experience with etcd, object stores and SQL databases (e.g. Postgres)

  • Experience with CI/CD

  • Understanding of machine learning fundamentals

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Location StatementIBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work. In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to:

*12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.

*World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.

*Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.

*Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).

*Select educational reimbursement opportunities.

*Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.

*Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.

*Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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