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Job Position: Senior Software Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia
Job Location: Remote
- We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to support our work on Abstract Wikipedia, a project that aims to improve knowledge equity by enabling more people to share more knowledge in more languages.
- We’re committed to making knowledge available to everyone globally. This is an opportunity to do good while building new technology at the intersection of machine learning, natural language generation, and computational linguistics.
- Our geographically-distributed team is writing the code to build Wikifunctions, a new technology to enable a collaboratively edited catalog of computer functions that will power Abstract Wikipedia. Working in the open alongside our community is the norm.
- Designing and building robust and scalable systems, together with a multidisciplinary team, to support knowledge equity.
- Becoming familiar with a new codebase and how it interacts with a large, mature codebase to drive engineering solutions.
- Supporting fellow engineers through code reviews, transferring knowledge, collaborating on projects, and writing documentation.
- 3-5 years of work experience in software development.
- An interest in and ability to work with a distributed team (which requires good asynchronous written communication skills as well as good verbal communication skills in English).
- Experience with open source development methodologies and open source community.
- Ability to interact effectively and develop productive working relationships with management, peers, and communities, including non-technical staff.
- Must be comfortable with evolving requirements and priorities in a dynamic environment.
Qualities that are important to us:
- Experience with large-scale, global developer ecosystems.
- Alignment with our mission and values.
- Resilience: we work on new and interesting problems in public and collaborative ways.
- Working together for outcomes, and being willing to change course.
- Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect.
Additionally, we would love it if you have:
- Experience with the Wikipedia, Wikidata, or Wikimedia Commons communities, or other collaborative enterprises.
- Familiarity with MediaWiki.
- Experience in developing systems using structured content, knowledge graphs, or taxonomies.
- Experience supporting teams developing Web-scale deployments in PHP.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online