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Back-end Engineer

at American Efficient, Inc. in San Mateo, CA   —   Mar 25, 2014   |  
Overview
As a back-end generalist, you will work all across our platform on a variety of interesting problems ranging from data mining and search relevance to scaling and architecture. If you’re really smart, love to play around with the kinds of data retrieval/manipulation challenges that make mere mortals weep, love architecting clever solutions to all manners of design challenges, and would like to define your role based on your strengths in this arena, you are going to love this job. Essentially, we’re still building out big pieces of our platform, and this could be an awesome opportunity to create something truly meaningful and interesting. To give you an idea of the kinds of things we’re working on in this realm, take a look at the list under "responsibilities" below.
Responsibilities
information retrieval & search relevance: out of many potential data sets, which should we display and what order should we display them in to maximize conversion?
doing the above really, really fast
architecting and scaling a reporting and analytics system to deliver fast and reliable numbers to drive decisions both internally and for our partners
developing heuristics to do fuzzy data matching between data sets with different structures and formats
feature design, including deciding the depth of customization and balancing tradeoffs of complexity, responsiveness, flexibility in the future, and administrative overhead
database design, including schema, indexes, query optimization, partitioning, and database abstraction
building levels of caching to allow us to scale, including investigation of different caching options and subsequent implementation of caching technologies
building platform infrastructure, which can include A/B testing, reporting, APIs, etc
Experience
Experience scaling systems
Significant experience w/databases (MySQL a plus)
PHP experience a plus
Mobile experience a plus
Education
B.S, M.S., or Ph.D in Computer Science or equivalent
Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience
Meaningful equity stake in the company
Benefits (medical, dental, vision)
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