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Employee Type - Full-Time EmployeeExperience - Not SpecifiedIndustries - General Labour


CBC Digital Products is taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team. 

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

This isn’t your typical machine intelligence role. You are taking the best of data systems engineering, machine learning and software development, and applying it to interesting problems you wouldn’t normally get a chance to solve at a big enterprise or a startup.

As a Machine Learning Developer, you’ll be able to apply Machine Intelligence to products, where the expected outcome is to show value to our audience, rather than to increase company revenue. At CBC Digital Products, we tackle the hard problems, apply the very best solutions and reevaluate those choices when new data presents itself.

Our new Machine Learning Developer position will join our growing Machine Intelligence practice and be responsible for research, development and deployment of Machine Intelligence algorithms, uniquely catered to our various product offerings and content areas, and their success metrics.

If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are and what you bring

  • The passion for machine learning and data. You like to experiment and explore bleeding edge technologies and techniques, and validate their effectiveness.
  • The flexibility. You are comfortable with the level of ambiguity these new technologies and projects might bring.
  • The experience. You have strong software development principles and apply them rigorously. You have at least two years experience in building machine learning models and deploying them into production. To that end, we will be asking you to complete a timed technical assessment before setting up our first conversation. We want to respect your time, evaluate your skills and ensure you have the knowledge that will enable you to thrive and grow in our environment.
  • The education and the technical skills. Ideally, you have a Masters or Ph.D. in Computer Science. At a minimum a Computer Science, Engineering degree is required. Strong Python skills, along with knowledge of machine learning libraries (e.g. Tensorflow) is required for this role, with Java being a great second language to have. You have knowledge or interest in Big Data technologies, NoSQL, Google Cloud Platform, AWS, ETL, Statistics, or academic research.

What’s in for you

  • Cutting edge tech. You will be applying machine intelligence in novel ways for the creation of a product specific, and/or audience specific recommendation systems. This is a chance to experiment with various algorithms to help surface content to our audience without the creation of filter bubbles.
  • Building. As part of the Machine Intelligence team, you will create key data systems and data pipelines for the collection of content features, user features and link disparate data sources.
  • Career growth. You’ll be joining a team of highly capable and creative Machine Learning Developers, that has a strong team culture. CBC is fully invested in our people. We will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We strive to represent the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. Our values - collaboration, learning and continuous improvement- embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules and an excellent benefits package. We want to ensure you are happy in and out of the office. 

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression.

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects.

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

To apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here.

What you can expect from our interview process:

  • A short technical assessment.
  • A phone interview discussing your interest in the role, the team’s culture and how you can grow as a developer and beyond within Digital Products.
  • An interview via hangout with a panel of team members and your future Senior Manager during which you can ask questions, learn about our culture and growth opportunities and dive deeper into your process and how you will work with us.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

Due to COVID-19 please expect changes to our standard recruitment process. In all instances, the safety of our employees and our candidates is of our utmost concern so we will be conducting interviews virtually and online. We will keep you informed on these changes and ensure that you are prepared in advance with the necessary instructions to conduct the next steps in the recruitment process.

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