[Baypiggies] Job at Yahoo! Search

Doug Durham ddurham at yahoo-inc.com
Thu Nov 30 00:11:44 CET 2006

Greetings Piggies,


I am Doug Durham a hiring manager here at Yahoo! Search.  I manage the
Relevance Tools team where we develop tools and applications to measure and
improve web search relevance.  


We use Python for our core web relevance framework.  We have deployed
several applications using Cheetah templates and the Aquarium framework.


I am looking for someone who can develop tools in Python and has experience
managing reliable remote web applications.  Knowing an Asian language is a


I have already recruited two engineers on my team from Bay Piggies and have
been very impressed with the caliber of the engineers on this list.


If you are interested in learning everything about Web Search while
developing applications in Python this may be the position for you.  


The full job description is given below.




Doug Durham

Manager, Relevance Tools Team

Yahoo! Search

ddurham at yahoo-inc.com


Position: Senior Software Engineer, Relevance Tools

Location: Santa Clara, Ca.

Job ID: RX1000018614

The Internet is a big, busy place, and we at Yahoo! are proud to stand out
in the crowd. As the world's number one Internet brand, servicing over a
half billion people, we're determined to maintain our commitment to
delivering news, entertainment, information and fun... each and every day. 


In order to maintain our position as one of the world's most trafficked
Internet destinations, we're always on the lookout for people with big ideas
and big talent to help us provide our visitors with the innovative products
and services they've come to expect from Yahoo!. We're looking for people
like you.


How Big Can You Think?


How good is Yahoo Search? In what ways is it better than the competition,
and in what ways is it worse? The Yahoo Search Technology Relevance Tools
group is seeking an experienced software engineer to design and build tools
for answering questions like these. We're passionate about building the best
search engine on the planet, and our team brings together some of the best
and brightest minds from across the search industry. Our product now powers
over 100M queries a day, and the Relevance Tools team plays a key role in
informing decisions about its direction. As part of the team, you will be
responsible for designing, implementing and deploying tools used for
evaluating web-search relevance and for creating relevance modeling data.
You will play an important role in improving and evaluating the quality of
Yahoo! web-search results.


Essential Responsibilities


Work as part of a team of engineers who build tools used for measuring
relevance and for creating relevance modeling data. Work with research,
analysis, and editorial teams, as well as other engineering teams, to
define, design, and implement relevance evaluation and modeling data
creation methodologies. Help to produce metrics of success that are
fundamental to the web-search development effort. 


Minimum Job Qualifications


* Experience in building web-based tools, using languages such as Python,
Perl, and/or Javascript.

* Experience in deploying and maintaining remote Web applications. 

* Outstanding track record of teamwork and excellent communication skills.

* Database application development experience. (MySQL).


Preferred Job Qualifications


* BS in Computer Science (or equivalent experience).

* Fluency in a South-East Asian language.

* 5+ years of software development experience.

* Search Engine/Information Retrieval experience.

* Background in statistics and/or data mining.

* C/C++ programming experience.

* Experience in user interface design.

* Experience with software internationalization.


Yahoo! Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. For more information or to
search all of our openings, please visit http://careers.yahoo.com.



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