Software Engineer

Software engineer

Full-time; remote (US-based)


Cortico is looking for a software engineer to help us build the Local Voices Network, a platform that gathers and amplifies under-heard voices from communities across the country. We are looking for somebody who is comfortable all across the backend, from designing data pipelines to building API endpoints. The role is best suited for someone who is passionate about building software that acts as a complement to deep human interactions as opposed to software that polarizes or surveils. Specifically, you’ll be working on our online platform and app-assisted hardware product that supports community organizations, journalists, policymakers, and citizens in gathering people together for constructive dialogue, amplifying voices from these conversations to a wider audience, and making sense of large collections of public conversation data.

As a member of the Cortico engineering team, you will be working with a large corpus of audio and transcript data from facilitated conversations. In the past three years, we have collected, transcribed, and indexed over 75,000 minutes of audio data, all of deep local community conversations. In addition to working with other engineers, you will also be working alongside a team of experienced facilitators and community organizers. Due to Cortico’s unique relationship with the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, you will also be able to work with researchers and experts in areas from natural language processing to civic engagement.

Unfortunately, we can not sponsor visas at this time. Please see our careers page for further information about Cortico’s benefits plan.

A note about culture

Cortico’s product and engineering team is kind, collaborative, inquisitive, and inclusive. We have high standards for quality and ethics, and help each other learn in order to reach our objectives. We think technology is best built by teams with a diversity of background, thought, and experience. Every team member is a human first, and we strive to create a culture and environment that supports your career goals and respects all of the hats you wear in life, not just the ones that earn you a paycheck.

Check out these resources by Cortico engineers to get a sense of the kind of work we do:

Qualities we’re looking for

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Minimum qualifications

Preferred qualifications

Next steps

Please send an email to with the following information:

If you are unsure if you are qualified, please consider applying anyway.

The process

  1. Phone call with the hiring manager to set expectations and determine role alignment
  2. Time bound (2-4 hours) Python take-home assignment
  3. “On-site” via Zoom (with many breaks!)
    1. 15-20 minute technical talk on any topic of interest to you, followed by answering questions from the Cortico team (both technical and non-technical team members). This presentation is intended for us to understand your communication style, not your technical skill.
    2. Pair programming exercise
    3. An overview of Cortico’s system architecture for you to ask questions about.
    4. Conversation with a member of the product team to chat about where we see the product going.
    5. Meet with our CEO.

We aim to review and respond to all applicants within three weeks of submission.

About cortico

Cortico was created in 2017 out of a desire to transform our polarized and toxic national discourse into a thriving public sphere. As we built the organization beginning with deep expertise in media and technology, we realized that building a healthier public sphere would require not just software and data analytics, but also hardware and technologies for community building. The Local Voices Network was born of the understanding that it is not enough to understand existing behavior and attitudes; in order to affect the health of the public sphere – and our democracy – we must create experiences of meaningful encounters, deeper understanding, and opportunities to surface new possibilities.

Cortico maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.