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IBM Software Engineer (Search & Analytics) in St Louis, Missouri


Software Developers at IBM are the backbone of our strategic initiatives to design, code, test, and provide industry-leading solutions that make the world run today - planes and trains take off on time, bank transactions complete in the blink of an eye and the world remains safe because of the work our software developers do. Whether you are working on projects internally or for a client, software development is critical to the success of IBM and our clients worldwide. At IBM, you will use the latest software development tools, techniques and approaches and work with leading minds in the industry to build solutions you can be proud of.

Your Role and Responsibilities

IBM Watson Discovery is seeking a Software Engineer with exposure to Information Retrieval techniques to join the Search Software Engineering team. Watson Discovery is a next generation AI-enhanced insight engine. The Search team is focused on the enhanced query functionality that is a critical component of Watson Discovery. In this role, you will help expand and improve the search capabilities of Watson, working with IBM research and collaborating with our product management and design team in order to build innovative solutions.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for software development with experience using functional programming languages (preferably java/SCALA) following agile methodologies in a continuous delivery environment. For this role you should have a passion for building high-quality, innovative and fully performing software in compliance with coding standards and technical design. As part of your responsibilities you will participate in requirements gathering, sprint planning, design and technical review to support the overall achievement of business objectives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in the design and implementation of sophisticated software systems in Java using functional programming techniques

  • Participate in software design/architecture and code reviews. Reviews include other Software Engineers and are held to ensure a high level of software quality and to share knowledge with team members.

  • Participate in, and adhere to, professional software engineering practices using such tools and methodologies as Agile Software Development, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Source Code Management (git) in GitHub

  • Participate in the planning, creation and execution of automated test cases and load/performance testing

  • Address production issues in a timely manner. This includes root cause analysis and working with manager and team members to resolve the problem.

  • Fair understanding of machine learning, NLP.

  • Good Understanding of Information Retrieval and Search systems

  • Maintain a high level of proficiency with Computer Science/Software Engineering knowledge and contribute to the technical skills growth of other team members

  • Work well independently and as part of a team

  • Work as an Agile scrum team member

  • Engage in 24/7 support periodically to assist in critical production issues to maintain the system

Location & Travel: Once IBMers are no longer working from home due to COVID-19 this will be an office based position in the greater Boston, MA area or San Jose, CA (IBM Silicon Valley Labs). Periodic travel may be required for team meetings or industry conferences.EndFragment


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 3+ years’ experience software development using functional programming (Preferably Java)

  • Proficiency in object oriented development using Java/Scala/Python.

  • Proficiency with unit testing

  • Proficiency with Version Control

  • Cloud / Microservices development experience

  • Experience with Elasticsearch or other similar search engine (Solr,Lucene)

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable work experience

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Passion for Computer Science and Programming

  • Strong understanding of data structures and algorithms

  • Knowledge of functional programing languages and techniques

  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming languages and techniques

  • Solid understanding of concurrency and concurrent programming techniques

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, or comparable work experience

  • Experience with plugin development in a search system (like Elasticsearch or Solr)

  • Experience in AI related technology, ML/NLP

About Business Unit

IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive software business is committed to bringing the power of IBM’s Cloud and Watson/AI technologies to life for our clients and ecosystem partners around the world. IBM provides you with the most comprehensive and consistent approach to development, security and operations across hybrid environments—with complete software solutions for business and IT operations, development, data science, security, and management. Our experts and software capabilities help organizations develop applications once and deploy them anywhere, integrate security across the breadth of their IT estate, and automate operations with management visibility. With IBM, you also have access to new skills and methods, governance and management approaches, and a deep ecosystem of industry experts and partners.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge? Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible. Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.