Software Development Engineer II, Search API



Software Engineering
Remote, OR, USA · United States
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Mapbox is the leading real-time location platform for a new generation of location-aware businesses. Mapbox is the only platform that equips organizations with the full set of tools to power the navigation of people, packages, and vehicles everywhere. More than 3.9 million registered developers have chosen Mapbox because of the platform’s flexibility, security, and privacy compliance. Organizations use Mapbox applications, data, SDKs, and APIs to create customized and immersive experiences that delight their customers.

What We Do

Search has a lot of challenging areas for engineers to explore and grow. Mapbox search is about location and it can be highly adjustable to the end-user use cases, like navigation routable points, along the route search, or limited connectivity search. We focus our efforts on relevance, geo-context optimizations, data conflation, merging offline and online solutions, and measuring all of that with high-volume user feedback. Search is the key component of our solutions. Every route and every delivery starts with a search.

Get familiar with our search service first-hand or do the searching in the playground and find room for improvement.

What You'll Do

We are looking for an innovative and curious Senior Software Engineer to join our Search API team and help us improve the quality of our geocoding search engine. You will help people find the places, addresses, and businesses they search for every day.

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Search API team, you'll be responsible for designing, developing, and operating significant areas of our search services. A key focus will be on improving aspects of our ranking algorithm and query understanding of our search engine to make our customers’ experience as smooth as possible.

In this role, you can expect to:

  • Optimize algorithms in Node.js to build the best search engine on the market and grow your search-specific knowledge and tech stack
  • Design and implement scalable services for our API and search engines, following and establishing best practices for deployment, resiliency, and observability
  • Participate in end-to-end feature implementation within the larger search organization; review code and design documents, shepherd feature releases, and participate in an on-call rotation
  • Evaluate the quality, reliability, and capacity requirements of our user-facing search products and become a well-rounded owner of what you deliver
  • Work with product owners, sales engineering, and management to drive future product direction
  • Mentor other software engineers to develop all aspects of their engineering skill sets

What We Believe are Important Traits for This Role

  • 4+ years of industry experience
  • Strong proficiency in Javascript, Node.js, and performance optimization
  • Experience working on search engines (e.g. ranking, relevance, recommendations, etc.)
  • Experience building highly-available API services within container-based environments (e.g. Docker, ECS, etc. on AWS)
  • Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with globally distributed teams
  • Implementation of automated testing platforms and unit tests (Jest, Codebuild)
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as Git

Nice to Have Traits for This Role

  • Experience engineering web services in Rust
  • Experience with geospatial data analysis and processing

What We Value

In addition to our core values, which are not unique to this position and are necessary for Mapbox leaders:

  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities.
  • We believe in individuals being their whole selves at work. We commit to this through supportive health care, parental leave, flexibility for the things that come up in life, and innovating on how we think about supporting our people.
  • We emphasize an environment of teaching and learning to equip employees with the tools needed to be successful in their function and the company.
  • We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.
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