About SmartNews

Shibuya, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position

Every day, SmartNews analyzes millions of URLs to deliver the top articles that matter in near-real time to millions of users around the world. Our AI Foundation team developed state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms in the areas of search ranking, collaborative filtering, natural language processing, classification, which serves as features or fundamental machine learning models for News Ranking team, to deliver the world’s quality information to the people who need it.

Responsibilities

  • Research and core technology development for machine learning
  • The ability to solve issues ranging from fundamental algorithm development, implementation and optimization to deliver product metrics
  • In this position, you are expected to utilize your expertise on one or more of following R&D areas to provide cutting edge solutions or core technologies for SmartNews * recommendation systems (Ads, News, etc)
  • General Machine Learning, Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing (entity recognition, categorization, text embedding, etc)
  • Computer Vision, Image Processing
  • Knowledge Graph
  • Recommendation, Collaborative Filtering Algorithms
  • Rapid prototyping and iterating

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2+ yrs. experience in designing and implementing machine learning algorithms, and applying them to real world problems
  • Solid Machine Learning background and good understanding of certain domain of machine learning techniques, especially in natural language processing, recommendation systems, computer visions
  • Good written and spoken communication skills, can work across functional teams
  • Strong coding abilities in multiple programming languages (e.g. Java, C++, Python, Scala)
  • MS in computer science, mathematics, physics or other quantitative fields

Preferred skill/experience

  • Ph.D Degree in computer science, mathematics, physics or other quantitative fields
  • Strong interest in news media and our mission

Hiring Process

  1. Application review

    When you submit your application to SmartNews, it will be reviewed by our recruitment team, to make sure it is relevant to the position.

  2. Online coding test

    When you pass this initial screening, you’ll then be sent out an online coding test. The results of this test and your resume will then be reviewed in more detail by one of our engineers.

  3. Interviews

    After you pass this secondary screening, you’ll be invited in for a round of interviews, covering both behavioral and technical topics.

  4. Offer

    Once you’ve passed these interviews, we’ll make you an offer.

Meet SmartNews's Developers

Engineering freedom at SmartNews

with YuCheng Chen

YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Engineering management at SmartNews

with Cortland Klein

Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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Being one of SmartNews’ first overseas hires

with Robert Speller

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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Shibuya, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

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