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Backend/Machine Learning Engineer

San Mateo, CA, USA




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About the role:

The Backend/Machine Learning Engineer is a key role at Storytell, with ownership around building backend systems and improving our machine learning algorithm to address our users’ needs. The candidate should be extremely capable, willing to get their hands dirty, excited about joining an early-stage company, and thrives off of the pressures and challenges of working in an unstructured environment.

This role reports into: Jing Conan Wang, our Co-Founder & CTO

Job responsibilities:

This is the scope of work the job entails — although we are all Crew, so we help each other succeed outside of these core responsibilities

  • Design and implement new machine learning algorithms based on business needs.

  • Analyze user feedback and use them to drive machine learning improvement continually.

  • Improve the accuracy and relevance of the generated content by our machine learning system.

Requirements for this role:

These are the minimum requirements we are looking for in this role

  • 4+ years of work experience building a production backend and machine learning systems.

  • Experience building production-quality code incorporating testing, evaluation, and monitoring using Python.

  • Able to execute with high velocity and turn ideas into production code in a quick turnaround.

  • Experience in independently driving Machine Learning model iterations to solve business problems.

  • Experience in using user feedbacks and using them to drive ML development.

  • Experience in data analysis using Jupyter, SQL, Pandas, or other tools.

  • Experience in Large Language Models and Deep Learning.

  • Comfortable with distributed systems, big data, and data-intensive systems

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

  • Passionate about productivity and storytelling

  • Willingness, interest and ability to communicate with users and understand their pain points so you can build product that meets their needs

The ideal candidate also has:

The ideal candidate will also have these skills in addition to the minimums above

  • Have experience in building Large Language Models-based applications for solving enterprise problems.

  • Have experience working in an early-stage startup and driving ML system development under dynamic business needs.

What does "Great" look like for this role?

This is how you'll know you're performing this job at a level of excellence

  • Living our shared values

  • Be able to deliver and execute with minimal guidance

  • Operate with a growth mindset

  • Ability to balance speed with long-term thinking

  • Proactively thinking about system improvement and unblocking fellow team members

  • Has adaptability & change agility — this is an ever-changing role with many surprises in store!

  • Has a “User-focused” mindset.

Life at Storytell









We are here to Distill Signal from Noise and we'd love to have you join our Crew.

Storytell is an early-stage venture-backed startup with some incredible investors including Eric Ries and Brian McClendon. We are looking for incredible people who share our values, including:

Meet the Founders
We are building a remote-friendly company. The Founders are based in the San Francisco Bay area and we work in a distributed manner across several US time zones.
Learn about our Vision, Mission and Strategy:

Storytell is distilling signal from noise by creating and recommending Story Tiles™.

We are building AI-driven platform that converts any content into Story Tiles™ and uses AI & ML to create useful knowledge — “stories” — to break down organizational silos internally, and fuel go-to-market and recruiting efforts externally.

Dig into our Vision, Mission and Strategy here.

Our Shared Values:

We believe that being aligned on our shared values is the foundation of how we build, belong, and how we show up for each other and to the broader ecosystem. You can find our shared values here.

Don't Meet Every Single Requirement?

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Storytell we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

We offer you an opportunity to:

  • Work directly with our C-level executive team

  • Exercise your problem-solving skills

  • Learn the fundamentals of a startup

  • Grow in your career journey through support on many dimensions, such as:

  • 1:1s

  • Regular trainings

  • Learning and practicing clean communication

  • Build our systems and processes

  • Make a huge contribution to the future of Storytell, AI – and the world!

  • We will support you if you want to become a Founder someday

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