…. If you are you might want to take a look at the following job advertisement from Ontology Works.
As a software developer I always become suspicious of any job that
advertises “programmer” positions and not “developer” positions (see blog post on Programmer vs
Thoughts of a desk behind the company coffee vending machine, a small
desktop, and a “how to program in C” manual spring to mind when
employers use the term “programmer”. As if this isn’t bad enough,
Ontology Works is looking for a “hacker”, now if this doesn’t send most
moderately talented developers running for the hills then I don’t know
Note: If you know the “right” thing when you see it, you’ll probably realize that this job isn’t it.
I am intrigued in what it would take to get one of those Ontology Works
mugs, given that even Ontology Works does not have them. I’m guessing
the person who ordered them was not too “smart”.
Ontology Works seeks a programmer to help push forward its cutting edge ontology-based information management products.
What you know is less important than how smart you are, but the following skills will help:
– Java (kind of a requirement, really. A smart hacker like you could
pick it up fast, but a smart hacker like you probably already knows
– Prolog/Logic Programming
– Web Ontology Language/Semantic Web
– Relational databases
– Non-relational (OO, OR, etc) databases
– Database theory & implementation
– Distributed & parallel algorithms
– GUI programming
– The ability to decipher academic papers
– The ability to write academic papers
– The ability to write cogent documentation
– The ability to recognize the Right Thing when you see it.
– Even trickier: the ability to work with clients.
– Any of the usual round of acronyms (WSDL, J2EE, SOAP, XML, UDDI, EJB,
ERP, JMS). Bring in a new buzzword and get an Ontology Works mug. *
A clearance is _not_ required for this position, though it would be nice.
Email resumes and such to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to include an anecdote from a bug hunt.
This position is open only to US citizens.
* Actually, we don’t have Ontology Works mugs yet.