Open Positions

Members of Technical Staff


Join our team to work on audacious technical problems! By bringing together world-class machine learning & analytics algorithms, we are building a scalable media platform with massive, heterogeneous data. We believe the most effective engineering teams keep things simple, prioritize thoughtfully, and deploy new technologies only when benefits outweigh the costs. We’re planning to build a lot with a small team, so we’re looking for people who are intently delivery-focused while maintaining reliability and quality. We like to laugh and keep things fun too as we work and collaborate in our creative and high-energy environment.


Platform Engineering

You are a backend engineer who would help build out the Cortico platform. Your role will be focused on core infrastructure, from devops through data pipelines and APIs. Typical day-to-day activities will include: evaluating and deploying new and emerging data-management technologies, coding at all levels of the data stack, and integrating the latest advances in machine-learning-based data analysis developed as part of our collaboration with MIT Media Lab researchers at the Lab for Social Machines.

Python is our go-to language because it offers good support for core use-cases of applied machine learning, API development, data pipelines, and devops tooling. We use elasticsearch for search and for text analytics, and evaluate other data-management technologies (Hadoop/Hive, Spark, PrestoDB) for inclusion in the platform as our requirements evolve. We appreciate AWS’s power and flexibility, if not all its warts, so we use AWS services extensively. Familiarity with all of these technologies is not required, but interest and willingness to learn certainly is.


  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience
  • At least one academic degree in a technical or mathematical discipline

Web | Mobile Engineering

You are a front-end engineer building amazing user experiences on top of the Cortico platform. Your typical day-to-day activities will include rapid prototyping of novel data visualizations, developing internal tools for training and running machine-learning models, and creating rich public-facing views that demonstrate the power of our data. You will be able to choose which front-end technologies to use to develop for desktop and mobile web. 

You have expertise in Javascript, modern HTML, and CSS, and familiarity with the rapidly evolving web ecosystem. You can wow our team with demonstrated experience in building simple-yet-powerful user interfaces as your day-to-day work will include creating meaningful and beautiful user experiences without a dedicated designer. If you’re interested in current trends in data visualization, data science, and multimedia data then you’ll fit right in.


  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience 
  • Portfolio of front-end work

Members of Business Staff


Join our team to work on one of the most pressing issues of our democracy today. As a non-profit uniquely hosted by MIT, we are a tech organization focused on building media trust through large-scale public sphere analytics and journalism tools. We are developing a sustainable, world-class organization and looking for people who are intently delivery-focused while maintaining reliability and quality. We like to laugh and keep things fun too as we work and collaborate in our creative and high-energy environment.


Head of Operations

You are a key member of Cortico's senior management team, leading the development and implementation of our operations, communications, and finances. You will spearhead Cortico's financial reporting and manage the annual auditing, budgeting, and planning processes in conjunction with the president. To scale our organization, you will drive all aspects from recruiting to onboarding and professional development, ensuring a focus on our organizational mission while maintaining our culture.

You have owned the financial reporting for a business, division, or program area, and ideally have overseen people operations. You thrive in a fast-paced environment that values flexibility and initiative, and you have a strong track record of setting priorities and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


  • Minimum of 5-7 years of overall professional experience; ideally 3+ years of general financial and operations management experience
  • Minimum of a BA, ideally with an MBA/CPA or related degree
  • Knowledge of accounting and reporting software strongly preferred


We're an equal opportunity employer and celebrate diversity at Cortico as our mission itself is to give voice to our common ground. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.