Senior Full Stack Engineer, Semantic Scholar


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Do you love crafting world-class web applications? Are you passionate about delivering the highest level of value to your users? AI2, an artificial intelligence research institute in Seattle, is looking for engineers like yourself to expand our application development team in an effort to change the way scientists perform their research. You will lead projects ranging from ideating and building high value user features to topology decisions in scaling a 10+ TB (and constantly growing) Elasticsearch cluster. Are you a leader who can balance pragmatism and quality? Can you effectively execute on large ambiguous projects? If these challenges motivate you, let's talk.

Why This Role Is Important

Since its launch in November 2015, Semantic Scholar has indexed and learned from tens of millions of computer science and biomedical research articles from thousands of journals and conferences. Researchers trust our platform to help them discover the information they need. As a senior engineer you will work to craft and execute the technical roadmap for a world-class semantic search engine.

What You Bring to AI2

  • You're a pragmatic engineer who knows how and when to compromise in a forward-looking manner
  • You bring experience in launching many high-impact features / products
  • You're an organic leader with a knack for building trust among your team members
  • You find ways to simplify the big challenges and can drive forward the best solution for the team and the user


  • An experienced software engineer who can execute
  • An amazing teammate, effective collaboration is core to the way you operate
  • A depth of experience in designing and building scalable web applications
  • Expertise or capability to quickly learn our core technologies: Javascript, React, Scala, Docker, Elasticsearch

About AI2

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen and headed by Professor Oren Etzioni. The core mission of AI2 is to contribute to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

Why AI2

In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through how we treat each member of the AI2 Team! Some highlights are:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is place where you will have opportunities to continue learning right alongside us;
  • We value diversity - We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion - We understand the value that people's individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave;
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures;
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door;
  • We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States;
  • We are friendly chances are you will like every one of the 70+ (and growing!) people who work here. We do!

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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