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Senior Software Engineer (Elasticsearch / Relevance)

Italy (Remote)

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About the role:

As a Senior Search/Relevance Engineer, you will be responsible for implementing search systems and developing the search platform. Your contributions will directly impact our customers and ultimately improve the overall user experience.

In this role you will:

  • Design, develop and support a world-class search platform based around Elasticsearch

  • Produce robust, efficient and maintainable code; our primary languages are Java, Python, and C/C++

  • Work at the core of Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene open source software with opportunities to contribute to open source

  • Work on challenging problems in areas such as distributed systems architecture, information retrieval, relevancy tuning, query optimization, JVM performance optimization, security, machine learning and more

  • Continually challenge what exists and explore what should be changed to best meet evolving customer needs

  • Possess expert knowledge in large scale distributed system design and engineering best practices

  • Participate in setting a vision and objectives for the search & machine learning platforms in alignment with customer needs and market opportunities

  • Lead algorithm and architecture design, execute and deliver results

  • Invent the future of search and machine learning in the cloud

  • Join a great group of motivated, top-notch people and work with them to solve challenging problems in a fun, collaborative environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related engineering discipline

  • 2+ years of experience contributing to the design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems

  • 4+ years of programming experience with Java or Python

  • 5+ years of professional software development experience

  • 2+ years of experience in distributed systems design and large-scale data processing

  • 2+ years of experience building full-text search systems with enterprise search platforms such as Elasticsearch or Apache Solr

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Computer Science

  • Experience with public cloud infrastructure

  • Experience with event streaming platforms such as Apache Kafka

  • Experience building customer-centric enterprise products

  • Code contributions to open source projects

VUI Offers:

  • The ability to make real impact on enterprises seeking search innovation

  • Fully-paid health benefits

  • Fully remote work environment with an office in downtown Boston

  • Unlimited PTO

  • 15 paid company holidays (including your birthday!)

  • Significant growth opportunities

Featured Benefits:

  • Medical insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • 401(k)

About the Company 

VUI, Inc. is a startup based in Boston, MA and Trento, Italy. VUI's AI-powered eCommerce search solution accurately finds the products customers want. Our team is revolutionizing online and in store search using patented natural language query understanding, deep learning technology, and an optimized search engine to return the most relevant search results. Join us to help shape the future of product search!

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