Knowledge Engineer - Big Data
Equilar, Inc. - Redwood City, CA

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Equilar is looking for a Knowledge Engineer to help drive the development and assist in the design of Big Data and Information Processing systems. These systems involve information extraction, machine learning and natural language processing (NLP). You will be critical in turning our ambitious product roadmap into a reality by acting as a key technical resource in NLP, information extraction, data mining, and machine learning. We are looking for an innovative, motivated, communicative, and driven key contributor who thrives in a team environment.

You will work with:
Next-stage knowledge systems and technologies using emerging techniques.

Solving some of the most interesting problems in “Big Data”.

A very energetic, dynamic and talented team.

We will provide immigration sponsorship for qualified applicants.

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Efficiently employ optimal techniques and frameworks in NLP, information extraction, data mining, and machine learning

Where existing techniques are inadequate you will be expected to develop, or assist in the development of, novel techniques to solve challenging problems in NLP, information extraction, data mining and machine learning

Assist in research and design of next-stage Big Data systems

Be an “expert” resource on a number of the many next-stage technologies being used by the team


Success in this role will depend greatly on:
Strong knowledge of, and experience in, Java development in a server-side environment

Knowledge of NLP, machine learning, and data mining required

Knowledge and/or a passionate interest in the techniques required for the position

Experience with, or at a minimum a strong interest in, modern information extraction and categorization

Strong desire to learn and grow


BS or MS in Computer Science and/or Information Science required

Minimum of three years of experience in Java and/or Python development

Minimum of two years of experience in information processing tools

E xcellence, Q uality, U nity, I nnovation, L eadership, A ccountability, R esults. These are the qualities that we seek in everyone we hire.


Based in Redwood City, California, Equilar is the market leader for benchmarking executive and director compensation. Equilar’s award-winning suite of online databases is the first choice of companies seeking executive compensation and corporate governance solutions. Equilar’s clients include leading human-capital consulting firms, over 1,100 publicly traded corporations (including over half of the Fortune 500), law firms, private-equity investors, and individual executives. These clients all rely on Equilar to rapidly and accurately compare individual executive and director pay packages across companies. Equilar’s research is featured regularly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal , on CNBC, and in other leading media outlets.

Equilar Atlas is an online tool that allows nonprofit organizations, executive and board recruiters, wealth managers and businesses to reach out to high net-worth corporate executives. Equilar Atlas gives subscribers the ability to map out networking pathways to these individuals as well as track real-time wealth events to ensure a meaningful and well-timed approach.


Rapid Growth . We’ve been recognized repeatedly as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Deloitte, Inc. magazine, the Silicon Valley Business Journal , and the San Francisco Business Times. With our new EquilarAtlas service and expanding international opportunities, we expect our growth rate to accelerate even further in the near future.

Financial Strength . Our business is built on a profitable , subscription-based model with high client retention rates. We’ve had 11 years of consecutive growth, with no down years or layoffs. We take pride in our disciplined fiscal approach and have consciously avoided the financial irresponsibility that has taken down many startups in Silicon Valley. We do not have any outside investors (nor do we seek any), and maintain full control of our company’s future.

Performance-Driven Culture . We come from diverse backgrounds and top universities with proven track records of success. We seek top-quartile performers who strive to be the best at everything that they do. We are 100% employee-owned and reward our top performers with a unique profit sharing program.

Great Career Opportunities . As a rapidly growing market leader, we offer plenty of opportunities for those passionate about career advancement and developing a broad skill set. When opportunities arise, our preference is to hire from within and train a top performer with a high career ceiling, rather than bringing in someone from the outside.

In Summary . We offer the energy and ambition of a startup and the stability and benefits of a publicly traded company. We are growing rapidly and looking for exceptional talent who share our values to join our team and help take our business to the next level.


Equity Ownership and Profit Sharing . Our pay-for-performance culture gives top-performing employees the opportunity to take part in a unique profit sharing program. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company in Silicon Valley that offers a broad based S-corp equity ownership structure that pays out annual cash dividends to its employee shareholders. Providing equity ownership opportunities and profit distributions is our way of sharing Equilar’s success with you.

401(k) Match Program . We generously match up to four percent of salary in our 401(k) plans, and have never reduced, eliminated or capped our matching contribution. All matching contributions are immediately vested for you to keep.

Health Benefits . Employees and their dependents receive medical, vision, and dental benefits. We have several flexible benefit plans to choose from, including HSA and PPO plans.

Training and Development . Equilar promotes a culture of continuous learning and strives to offer top training and development opportunities. We offer tuition reimbursement for employees taking courses relevant to work or graduate-school preparation and have long-term training programs in place to develop business, leadership, and management skills.

Onsite Company Gym . We are committed to keeping employees happy, healthy, and productive. Our fully-equipped onsite gym is open to all employees so you can come back to work refreshed and energized.

Free Caltrain Passes . Our office is within walking distance of the Redwood City Caltrain station. All employees who choose to take public transit are provided with a free Caltrain pass.

Time Away . Time to recharge is an important part of life at Equilar. Employees receive up to 28 paid days off in their first year. This includes vacation days, sick days, holidays, and a company-wide "Holiday Week" which gives all employees who have been with us for a full year paid time off for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

As part of our commitment to a safe work environment, we require authorization to conduct pre-employment drug testing.

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Equilar is dedicated to the idea that better leaders make better companies. We help leaders and companies improve by providing information...