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Java Server/Chinese Language Support Engineer

kikin, Inc. was founded by successful serial entrepreneurs, with a passion for compelling, disruptive consumer products.  We are a group of talented professionals who have reinvented the search experience, allowing users to search by touch, and bringing users relevant, actionable answers. With kikin, users search, learn and do more!

Our engineers work on a variety of hard problems (semantic indexing, named entity recognition, federated search, behavioral profiling, on-the-fly 3D presentation, latency reduction, etc.). We work in several programming languages to best solve each problem (Java, JavaScript, C++, Objective-C); and by leveraging several programs and markups (Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, CSS, SVG), we design and build elegant user interfaces. Our application spans a user's domain (iOS and mobile applications); reaches our servers and CDNs; and extends to third party APIs (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Amazon).

kikin Inc is looking for a Java Server/Chinese Language Support Engineer.  

The right candidate will:

  • Participate in all stages of development including design, implementation, and testing of our next-generation Federated Search and Personalization back-end
  • Integrate Content, Commerce, and Service partners' feeds into our backend
  • Collaborate with Product Management on algorithms and engaging features
  • Address evolving user requirements, process flows, performance and scalability
  • Enjoy problem solving and designing algorithms
  • Write efficient and maintainable code
  • Learn more about, disseminate and incorporate leading edge technology
  • Be a contributing member of a high-performance engineering team


  • 3+ years leading projects and managing a small team
  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and oral English and Mandarin skills.
  • Knowledge of advanced Java and experience with in performance-oriented Java
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) experience is required
  • Prior experience with REST, Caching, Clustering, Distributed Computing, XML Object Mapping, and Web Services
  • Data loading experience and overall database experience is a must
  • Experience with Spring, AJAX, DHTML, JavaScript, jQuery and/or CSS
  • Expertise in XML, MySQL, Apache, Application servers such as Resin, Linux
  • Experience with Compass, Lucene, SOLR desired
  • Sees the world as semantic relationships and translates them into code
  • Interest in both the big picture and minute details

Benefits/ Perks

  • Competitive salary
  • Performance based stock options
  • Three (3) weeks vacation
  • Low/No cost Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401K
  • Flexible Spending
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Plan
  • Free snacks & beverages
  • Gym Reimbursement 
  • Competitive foosball games daily
  • Work in the heart of SoHo

This position is full-time located in New York City (SoHo). This is not a telecommuting or contract role. 




kikin Inc. headquartered in SoHo, New York City, was founded by successful serial entrepreneurs with a passion for compelling, disruptive consumer products.

kikin is empowering people to learn and do more via contextual search. Select anything of interest in an application or website and obtain highly relevant search results and answers.


  • Competitive Salary
  • Stock Options
  • Three Weeks Vacation
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401K
  • Flexible Spending
  • Commuter Plan
  • Free Snacks & Drinks
  • Competitive Foosball
  • Work in SoHo