Python Backend Engineer - Contract

| Joplin, MO, USA
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About Midwestern Interactive:
For 12 years, we've provided embedded engineering, design, and project management services to clients like Lyft, Meetup, and Coca-Cola. We know talent like the back of our hand; that's why our clients have entrusted us to find exceptional contractors and full-time hires for their own teams. We help place talent from engineering to design, junior to leadership, startup to enterprise.

About the Client:

We are hiring a world-class team of software engineers to architect, implement, and deploy a consumer-facing product that harnesses AI to surface trusted information for more confident user decisions.

You are excited to help build a performant and secure backend and set of data pipelines to power our AI systems and other user facing features. You are excited to build web scale internet systems to deliver value and information to millions of users, and are equally driven by producing secure systems to store and retrieve user information, writing tests, digging into deployment infrastructure, and generally diving into all things backend and data. You pride yourself on writing clean code, striving for simplicity, and helping shape strong and healthy long term patterns and habits for your team. While you can execute on implementation and experimentation independently, you thrive in collaborative environments, can integrate feedback from active users into your own vision for the product, and can work with designers and engineers to refine our vision into your own.


  • Design, build, and maintain data pipelines to support our crawling and indexing infrastructure

  • Develop and maintain our production databases (SQL and NoSQL), are comfortable maintaining databases and building performant query patterns for scale.

  • Collaborate with machine learning and MLops teams to make sure your infrastructure and data work is easily consumable and helping power the user experience.

  • Debug live production issues and proactively write tests to avoid those issues in the first place.

  • Ship performant, monitored, user facing production services

  • Contribute to a healthy and supportive culture of code review and strong coding practices. Help build a team culture and set of architectural patterns that will help the org and team scale as we grow.

  • You are excited by building a first class consumer search engine!


  • Experience working with distributed processing frameworks: Databricks/Spark and stream processing, event driven technologies such as Kafka, and are happy working with these systems via rest and python APIs.

  • experience working distributed storage and retrieval databases and document stores (Sql, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Vector databases)

  • You have built and deployed mission critical REST/RPC consumable services and built code to test and monitor those services to watch for issues.

  • Comfortable writing unit and integration tests and the related frameworks, you default to writing tests to cover your code paths.

  • Are comfortable with k8s, making basic updates to deployments or configuration and debugging when things go wrong in these systems.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively written and verbally in English

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

It is the continuing policy of Midwestern Interactive to provide equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including those in connection with recruitment, hiring, placement, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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Midwestern operates in the Software industry. The company is located in Springfield, Missouri . Midwestern was founded in 2012. It has 93 total employees. To see all 2 open jobs at Midwestern, click here.
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