Software Engineer, Media & NLP

Remote - US, CAN, …

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About Messari.

Messari is the leading provider of crypto market intelligence products that help professionals navigate crypto/Web3 with confidence. We bring transparency and smarter qualitative and quantitative analytics to the industry by combining a global research database with a comprehensive suite of data visualization and asset discovery tools. We help drive smarter participation in crypto from individuals and institutions alike.   The name “Messari” came from the Franciscan monks who declared "clean books" a moral imperative during the renaissance and pushed merchants to use proper accounting methods.  This led to the flourishing of investment via "trust but verify" methods and industry growth throughout Europe. That's what we aim to do. Provide participants, investors, builders, platforms, and everyone else with reliable information to better participate in the crypto ecosystem.   Our users range from some of the most prominent analysts, investors, and crypto individuals to top organizations including Coinbase, BitGo, Anchorage, 0x, Chainanalysis, Ledger, Compound, MakerDAO, and many more.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced backend engineer to own, maintain and extend our media monitoring & social analytics service. This service ingests news and social media data from many relevant outlets and social media sources, processes their content using natural language processing (NLP) models and stores the enriched data for news feeds and deeper analysis.   

The media analytics service is built in Python using spaCy on top of PostgreSQL & RabbitMQ and is deployed as a Kubernetes cluster of microservices (for independent reliability and scaling of the ingest, digest and API services). 

Our media data is both real time and historical across a wide range of media sources (e.g., news articles, Tweets, Telegram messages), often covering the entire history of a source (going back almost a decade). This presents interesting challenges in ingestion, processing, storage & querying as well as valuable opportunities in extracting good signals from historic and current media.  

The relevant NLP/ML architecture is already built out, tested, documented and working. You won’t need experience with ML but a willingness to learn the relevant tools and libraries to ensure its continued accuracy and accommodate new data & new features.

What you'll do

  • Own and manage the architecture, implementation, deployment and use of the media analytics services within Messari and to outside consumers (via the web app or API)
  • Maintain and extend the existing ingestion pipeline for web scraping & social media connections, adding new ingest sources as needed (forums, websites, outlets, etc.).
  • Maintain and improve existing NLP models and digest pipeline, evaluate and improve performance on existing and new data.
  • Extend the media API to add and update interfaces, exposing existing capabilities to the rest of our platform and external API users.
  • Iterate on the data architecture to add substantial new features or improve query performance.
  • If you’re up for it, build new or design our NLP models for better performance.

Who you are

  • 2+ years experience with production backend development using reasonably modern technologies (like SQL, Git) and languages (like Python, Java, Golang).
  • Ready to own and drive a project end-to-end, from taking into account internal and external stakeholders to defining, refining, planning, executing and maintaining a vision.
  • Experienced with or interested in machine learning & data science, particularly in building data pipelines, improving language models and building internal data tools.
  • Willing, capable and happy to get deep down into the unglamorous but essential details of operating a complex service (e.g., tuning SQL query performance, stabilizing data pipelines)

Projects you could work on

  • Media ingestion: Extend our media ingestion pipelines to cover any crypto news/signal source you care about.
  • Media analytics/digest: Take over and improve our text processing and machine learning infrastructure to get the most out of difficult input text for the media service.
  • Internal media tools: Build and integrate online and historic media analytics tools for our internal research team (which may eventually make their way into external products).

What's it like to work with our engineering team?

  • A welcoming and open environment with people who love to collaborate on ideas and tackle complex problems
  • Work with a small team of engineers with large impact across product, research, and business development
  • Participate in forums like Family Meals and Messari Lab to share ideas or technologies you’ve been exploring and tinkering with

What you'll love about Messari.

We understand in order for you to do your best work, you need the resources to stay healthy, recharge, and feel like you have ownership in the future we are building.   We care about your well-being so we contribute to the cost of your health benefits. Messari covers 80% of your health, dental, and vision! 
  • FSA, Life Insurance, Virtual Health
  • WeWork All Access Pass
  • $500 for anything you need to build your home setup
  • Flexible Time Off - Forget accrued PTO days. We believe in the power of personal time, so we offer as much flexible time as you need. Just clear it with your team and bon voyage!
  • Mental Health Therapy via TalkSpace & Health Advocacy
  • Invest in your future with our 401K and equity options
  • Parental Leave - We encourage you to take care of your little one! We provide 18 week primary / 4 week secondary.
  • Get paid in Crypto!
When the company succeeds, so do you! We often do “airdrops” of crypto to encourage you to explore and grow in this industry. Community - Messari is a community, we work hard, and bring each other up!  *As Messari is a fully remote company hiring candidates around the world, our perks and benefit packages may adjust based on your location.

Join our Global, Fully-Remote Team. 

Messari is committed to maintaining a workplace where diversity of identity, culture, and life experience is the norm and respected consistently. Diversity of experience drives creativity and innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and integrity, and competitive and collaboration throughout our business and in the market. We depend on our differences to make our team stronger, and have our product reflect the diversity of our customers.   At Messari, we welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic status, religion, age, marital or parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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