The New York Times

Software Engineer, Machine Learning Platform

Nov 07, 2023

New York City

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 

Job Description

Machine Learning (ML) at the New York Times enhances the experience of our 150 million digital readers from around the globe and grows our subscriber base through content recommendations and personalizations. 

The Machine Learning Platform (MLP) team builds and maintains the infrastructure that hosts all of The New York Times real-time ML inference models, including both data and compute. Our partners are Data Scientists that build and deploy their ML models on the ML platform. On the other end, our partners are engineering systems that call these hosted models with low-latency and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) guaranteed by the MLP.

We are looking for a Software Engineer, with a focus on MLOps, to join our Machine Learning Platform team to help solve creative challenges around Machine Learning infrastructure for the New York Times.

Hybrid work schedule based in New York City reporting to the engineering manager of the machine learning platform.


  • Research, develop, and deploy infrastructure for the Machine Learning Platform at scale

  • Build infrastructure to train and test algorithms that provide real-time content recommendations and personalization

  • Enhance ML platform’s CI/CD and integration testing capabilities

  • Promote developer productivity by rolling out capabilities that maximize self-sufficiency and minimize the toil in learning those capabilities in building scalable applications with high speed, quality, and performance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of direct relevant experience in MLOps or DevOps, including experience operating large systems in a production environment

  • Experience deploying and monitoring systems using cloud infrastructure (GCP or AWS)

  • Experience working with Kubernetes, Docker, and CI/CD

  • Familiarity with at least one high-level programming language like Python or Go

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with any of the these technologies: Terraform, Airflow, SQL/BigQuery, Drone, Triton, TensorFlow, scikit-learn, DataDog

  • Experience building real-world machine learning applications like recommendation systems, bandits, etc.

  • Experience engaging with stakeholders to understand pain points, observe patterns, and identify opportunities for improvements

The Times also provides an annual tuition reimbursement program for those aiming to continue developing their skills while with us. 

This role may require limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined when you join, taking into account team size and other variables.


The annual base pay range for this role is between:

$104,000—$130,000 USD

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. Individuals seeking an accommodation for the application or interview process should email [email protected]. Emails sent for unrelated issues, such as following up on an application, will not receive a response.

The Company will further consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws. 

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