Pandora is hiring a

Senior Software Engineer, Music Playlist R&D

Oakland, United States

At Pandora, we're a unique collection of engineers, musicians, designers, marketers, and world-class sellers with a common goal: to enrich lives by delivering effortless personalized music enjoyment and discovery. People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service itself: bright, eclectic, and innovative. Collaboration is the foundation of our workforce, and we’re looking for smart individuals who are self-motivated and passionate to join us. Be a part of the engine that creates the soundtrack to life. Discover your future at Pandora.


Want to work on the largest scale music recommender and playlisting engine in the US?


We have a terrific opportunity in the Computational Programming team for innovative problem solvers who are enthusiastic about developing high quality software for Pandora. You will be a key contributor to high profile areas of development including playlisting, recommendations, analytics, big data, web applications, data infrastructure, and more. You'll get the chance to take on complex problems as part of a fast paced highly collaborative team. We hold ourselves to high standards and take pride in our work.


This is a great opportunity for a seasoned engineer with several years of diverse experience and a passion for learning and applying technical knowledge. You should have outstanding analytical and programming skills with a deep understanding of Java application and web development. You should have a track record of building robust, scalable, multithreaded applications. As a member of our highly motivated team you should be dedicated to excellence and have a strong sense of personal responsibility. You place a high value on automated testing and have experience using test frameworks such as JUnit.



  • Minimum five years professional experience.
  • Expert level experience developing object oriented software in Java.
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Significant experience developing real time web applications.
  • Significant experience developing software for deployment on Linux.
  • Significant experience working with database systems like PostgreSQL.
  • Significant experience unit testing with frameworks such as JUnit.
  • Dedication to thorough testing and creating high quality software.
  • Comfortable working across the full technology stack.


Plus Requirements:

  • Domain expertise in online music space, including work on music recommender systems or music information retrieval (MIR).
  • Experience developing high quality software in Python.
  • Experience with recommender, or search systems.
  • Experience with NoSQL architectures and map reduce concepts atop Hadoop, HDFS, and Hive.
  • Experience with Apache Spark and Scala.
  • Experience with Agile software development.
  • BA/BS or better in Computer Science or related field



Pandora is committed to diversity in its workforce. Pandora is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.


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