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Senior Backend Engineer (AI Team)



Software Engineering, Data Science
London, UK · Europe · Asia · Europe
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

We want to make work and study more efficient and enjoyable, by providing the best digital paper solution possible. We plan to be the go-to tool for all forms of notes. Our digital paper and learning ecosystem inspires anyone to take notes, share what they know, collaborate with others, and learn as a community

Our Values:

Dream big
—Be visionary, strategic, and open to innovation

Build great things
—Work in service of our users, always improving and pushing higher

Take ownership
—Take responsibility with bold decision-making and bias for action

Win like a sports team
—Be trusting and collaborative while empowering others

Learn and grow fast
—Never stop learning and iterate fast

Share our passion
—Share ideas and practice enthusiasm and joy

Be user obsessed
—Empathetic, inquisitive, practical

About the team:

AI team in Goodnotes is looking to transform education and productivity using the latest technologies. We are working on helping students and teachers learn and teach more efficiently, and aim to achieve this by developing tools such as AI tutors, Classroom AI and more foundational technologies like subject-oriented handwriting recognition.

You will join a distributed team across Europe and Asia focusing specifically on building backend infrastructure for running our end-to-end AI technology. You will work alongside other backend software engineers, as well as iOS engineers, machine learning engineers, QAs and designers to build and improve our new suite of AI features. Type of AI technologies running on our infrastructure include large language models, math solvers, handwriting recognition systems, etc. Besides models, our backend engineering team is building a holistic data engineering pipeline for training and production data.

About the role:

We are seeking an experienced and passionate software engineer to help us build our AI and data infrastructure. This person will work on building the end-to-end data pipeline, both in production and for training, as well as the infrastructure for training, hosting and running our ML models in production (on the cloud, on our servers and on-device).

This is the role for you, if you’re excited to work on the things listed below:

  • Build and maintain end-to-end backend infrastructure for training and running our models in production
  • Design and build components within data pipelines for collecting production data
  • Data engineering for efficient ingestion of data for the model training and evaluation
  • Helping the team build and maintain compute training and inference infrastructure
  • Monitoring the production and setting up alerting mechanisms

The skills you will need to be successful in the above:

  • 7+ years of software engineering experience, notable part of it being in the data engineering space
  • Experience with designing and building data pipelines
  • Expertise in distributed systems, as well as different database systems and big data solutions
  • Previous experience in designing, building and maintaining cloud infrastructure to support machine learning operations
  • Experience in backend monitoring
  • Experience with working in Python and basic understanding of the ML ecosystem
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to think critically.
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Even if you don’t meet all the criteria listed above, we would still love to hear from you! Goodnotes places a lot of value on learning and development and will support your growth if needed.

The interview process:

  • An introductory call with someone from our talent acquisition team. They want to hear more about your background, what you are looking for, and why you’d like to join Goodnotes
  • Take-home Assignment: A short online coding skills test.
  • Live coding & Technical interview: A live coding call with one of our engineers. This is where you get to see what it would be like working at Goodnotes as well as the chance to ask any engineering questions you may have
  • Hiring Manager interview: A call with your hiring manager. This is the person who will be managing you day to day, working on your growth and development with you as well as support you throughout your career at Goodnotes.
  • Values interview – Meeting with members of the Goodnotes Team to answer questions relating to take ownership AND build great things

What’s in it for you:

  • Meaningful equity in a profitable tech startup
  • Budget for things like noise-cancelling headphones, setting up your home office, personal development, professional training, and health & wellness
  • Sponsored visits to our Hong Kong or London office every 2 years
  • Company-wide annual offsite (we met in Portugal in 2023 and Bali in 2024)
  • Flexible working hours and location
  • Medical insurance for you and your dependents