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Software Development Engineer II, Search Geocoding



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

Mapbox is the leading real-time location platform for a new generation of location-aware businesses. Mapbox is the only platform that equips organizations with the full set of tools to power the navigation of people, packages, and vehicles everywhere. More than 3.5 million registered developers have chosen Mapbox because of the platform’s flexibility, security and privacy compliance. Organizations use Mapbox applications, data, SDKs and APIs to create customized and immersive experiences that delight their customers.

What We Do

Search has a lot of challenging areas for engineers to explore and grow. Mapbox search is about location and it can be highly adjustable to the end-user use cases, like navigation routable points, along the route search, or limited connectivity search. We focus our efforts on relevance, geo-context optimizations, data conflation, merging offline and online solutions, and measuring all of that with high-volume user feedback. Search is the key component of our solutions. Every route and every delivery starts with a search.

Get familiar with our search service first-hand or do the searching in the playground and find room for improvement.

What You'll Do

We are looking for an innovative and curious Senior Software Engineer to join our Search API team and help us improve the quality of our geocoding search engine. You will help people find the places, addresses, and businesses they search for every day.

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Search API team, you'll be responsible for designing, developing, and operating critical components of our search services. A key focus will be on improving aspects of our feature recall and retrieval module, supporting our search engine to make our customers’ experience as smooth as possible.

In this role, you can expect to:

  • Develop robust, flexible, and performant information retrieval systems in Rust to support the best geocoding search engine on the market

  • Design and implement scalable services for our API and search engines, following and establishing best practices for deployment, resiliency, and observability

  • Participate in end-to-end feature implementation within the larger search organization; review code and design documents, shepherd feature releases, and participate in an on-call rotation

  • Evaluate the quality, reliability, and capacity requirements of our user-facing search products and become a well-rounded owner of what you deliver

  • Work with product owners, sales engineering, and management to drive future product direction

  • Mentor other software engineers to develop all aspects of their engineering skill sets

What We Believe are Important Traits for This Role

  • 4+ years of industry experience

  • Strong understanding of search techniques (such as information retrieval) and data structure with ability to engineer performant solutions

  • Experience working on search engines (e.g. ranking, relevance, recommendations, etc.)

  • Experience with Rust

  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with globally distributed teams

  • Proficiency in implementing monitoring instrumentation, operational diagnostics, resolving customer issues, and continuous product improvement

Nice to Have Traits for This role

  • Experience with search engines such as ElasticSearch, Solr, Lucene

  • Experience with NLP/ML/Generative AI

  • Experience with Node.js applications

  • Experience building highly-available API services within container-based environments (e.g. Docker, ECS, etc. on AWS)

  • Experience with geospatial data and services

Our annual base compensation for this role ranges from $151,000 - $225,000 for most US locations and 5% to 10% higher for US locations with a higher cost of labor. Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

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