[erlang-questions] Senior Software Engineer Needed for Machine Learning Group

Charles Weitzer charles@REDACTED
Wed Dec 2 00:31:52 CET 2015

The Voleon Group is a quantitative hedge fund located in Berkeley, California. We would like to hire a senior software engineer as soon as possible.

Voleon's founders previously worked together at one of the most successful quantitative hedge funds in the world. Our CEO has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford and has been CEO and founder of a successful Internet infrastructure startup. Our Chief Investment Officer has a PhD in Statistics from Berkeley. Voleon's team includes PhD's from leading departments in statistics, computer science, and mathematics. We have made several unpublished advances in the field of machine learning and in other areas as well.

Here is our formal job description:


* Senior Software Engineer *

Technology-driven investment firm employing cutting-edge statistical machine learning techniques seeks an exceptionally capable software engineer. You  will architect and implement new production trading systems, machine learning infrastructure, data integration pipelines, and large-scale storage systems. The firm researches and deploys systematic trading strategies designed to generate attractive returns without being dependent on the performance of the overall market.

Join a team of under 30 people that includes a Berkeley statistics professor as well as over ten PhD's from Berkeley, Chicago, CMU, Princeton, Stanford, and UCLA, led by the founder and CEO of a successful Internet infrastructure technology firm. The firm's offices are walking distance from BART and the UC Berkeley campus in downtown Berkeley, California. We have a casual and collegial office environment, weekly catered lunches, and competitive benefits packages.

We seek candidates with a proven track record of writing correct, well-designed software, solving hard problems, and delivering complex projects on time. You should preferably have experience designing and implementing fault-tolerant distributed systems. Experience with building large-scale data infrastructure, stream processing systems, or latency-sensitive programs is a bonus.

We are growing rapidly. Willingness to take initiative and a gritty determination to productize are essential.

Required experience:

- experience with functional programming languages such as Erlang, Haskell, etc.
- developing with C/C++/Python/Go in a Linux environment with a focus on performance, concurrency, and correctness.
- working in TCP/IP networking, multi-threading, and server development.
- working with common Internet protocols (IP, TCP/UDP, SSL/TLS, HTTP, SNMP, etc.).
- architecting and designing highly available systems.
- architecting and designing large-scale data management infrastructure.
- working in large codebases and building modular, manageable code.

Preferred experience:

- debugging and performance profiling, including the use of tools such as strace, valgrind, gdb, tcpdump, etc.
- working with build and test automation tools.
- working with well-defined change management processes.
- diagnosing RDBMS performance problems, exploiting indexing, using EXPLAIN PLAN, optimizing at the code layer, etc.
- working with messaging queues (RabbitMQ, Redis, etc.) as well as distributed caching systems.

Interest in financial applications is essential, but experience in finance is not a primary factor in our hiring.

Benefits and compensation are highly competitive.


The above job description is just a starting point in terms of possible duties and seniority.  We can be very flexible for the right person.

If you are interested, please apply with your full and complete CV: http://voleon.com/apply/

The Voleon Group is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, genetic information, veteran status, citizenship, or any other factors prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

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