Platform Engineering

Cambridge, MA
Join our team to work on audacious technical problems! By bringing together world-class machine learning & analytics algorithms, we are building a scalable media platform with massive, heterogeneous data. We believe the most effective engineering teams keep things simple, prioritize thoughtfully, and deploy new technologies only when benefits outweigh the costs. We’re planning to build a lot with a small team, so we’re looking for people who are intently execution-focused while maintaining reliability and quality. We like to laugh and keep things fun too as we work and collaborate in the creative and high-energy environment of the MIT Media Lab.

You are a backend engineer who would help build out the Cortico platform. Your role will be focused on core infrastructure, from devops through data pipelines and APIs. Typical day-to-day activities will include: evaluating and deploying new and emerging data-management technologies, coding at all levels of the data stack, and integrating the latest advances in machine-learning-based data analysis as developed by MIT Media Lab researchers. You will have access to the Media Lab to learn the latest methods home brewed at the lab.

Python is our go-to language because it offers good support for core use-cases of applied machine learning, API development, data pipelines, and devops tooling. We use elasticsearch for search and for text analytics, and evaluate other data-management technologies (Hadoop/Hive, Spark, PrestoDB) for inclusion in the platform as our requirements evolve. We appreciate AWS’s power and flexibility, if not all its warts, so we use AWS services extensively. Familiarity with all of these technologies is not required, but interest and willingness to learn certainly is.


    • Minimum of five years of relevant experience
    • At least one academic degree in a technical or mathematical discipline
We're an equal opportunity employer and celebrate diversity at Cortico as our mission itself is to give voice to our common ground. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.