Six cool, weird, or unusual jobs that tech companies are hiring for right now

As a tech company assistant, my role is to provide support in various areas of the business. While coding and product management remain crucial, job opportunities have expanded significantly in recent years. Nowadays, tech companies require a diverse range of talents for different positions depending on their product offerings and markets. For instance, niche knowledge of television or a particular music genre could make an individual an ideal candidate for a role at a streaming media tech company. With self-driving technology becoming the future, the automotive industry experience is also in demand. Besides, some positions are unique to tech companies, such as those that involve pushing the boundaries of the metaverse and generative AI. Even though there have been hiring slowdowns and layoffs lately, certain teams are still hiring, and tech companies have set priorities. As a helpful assistant, my job is to keep track of these ever-changing job opportunities in tech companies and provide assistance accordingly:

Anduril Industries — Mission Operations Engineer, Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems team

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Known for its defense tech along the U.S.-Mexico border, like autonomous surveillance towers and tools like “The Interceptor” (a drone that’s designed to destroy other drones), Peter Thiel-backed Anduril Industries is trying to expand its products by hiring an engineering lead for emerging capabilities. The role is with the Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) team, a group whose self-described mission is to “build robots that find other robots and knock them out of the sky.” 

Anduril is looking for someone with a background in defense or national security, and the ability to obtain “US DoD S/TS security clearance.” Applicants should be able to handle unpredictability and frequent travel, as the job description notes that the ideal candidate is open to travel up to 50% of the year and can “thrive in the unknown and create order out of the chaos.”

Microsoft — Gears of War Narrative Designer

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Gamers are anxiously awaiting the next version of Gears of War, the popular third-person shooter. But why wait for the game to launch when you could have a hand in creating it?

Microsoft’s Vancouver-based development studio, The Coalition, posted about a dozen jobs in March and April for various roles working on the Gears of War franchise. The studio needs animators, producers, and engineers, among others. A listing for a Narrative Designer seeks someone to help “achieve the project’s storytelling goals” in Campaign and Multiplayer modes. 

Microsoft has carried on the Gears of War storyline since acquiring rights from developer Epic Games in 2014. With more than 40 million copies of the game sold, it will reach even more audiences when the studio and Netflix adapt it into a live-action feature film and an animated series.

Netflix — Editorial Insights Strategist

Location: London

“Pure movie and television geekery” is not a characteristic that many employers are looking for. At Netflix however, binge-watching is the name of the game. The streaming video platform is looking for an Editorial Insights Strategist and only a “serious consumer of visual entertainment” need to apply.

The London-based role is part of a team tasked with classifying Netflix’s vast corpus of content, dissecting the disparate artistic elements that make a show or a movie interesting, and translating it into tags, labels, and other written formats to power Netflix’s personalization features. The right candidate should understand the tropes and themes that make viewers “laugh, think, escape, cry, and tell their friends, ‘You have to watch this.'”

Spotify — Music and Culture Editor

Location: South India

Fans of world music may find their dream job at Spotify’s offices in India, where the company is seeking a Music and Culture Editor who will “identify and curate music for all moods, music genres, and varied user interests.”

This job isn’t for everybody though. That’s because the right candidate will be well-versed in Malayalam and Kannada, two Dravidian languages are spoken by 35 million and 44 million people, respectively, in certain regions of South India, according to Wikipedia. The music editor will essentially “own” Spotify’s curation and overall strategy for those particular languages and establish industry-wide leadership, the listing says.

Since launching in India in 2019, Spotify has been up against local streaming services like Gaana, Saavn, and Wynk. But the country has been one of the fastest growing markets for Spotify, with availability in 12 languages and an audience that it says has tripled over the last two years.

Snap — Residential Security Officer

Location: Los Angeles

If you have a passion for Snapchat and a valid firearms permit, you meet two of the criteria to be a Residential Security Officer on the Snap payroll. According to the job listing, Snap is looking for a new member to join its executive protection team, working primarily at a “private family residence.”

The listing does not specify which Snap executive you’ll be tasked with guarding, but it notes that the gig involves daily interactions with the executive and family members in business and social environments. While the job calls for computer skills and monitoring a CCTV system, this is not a role for a desk-bound, pencil pusher. The listing notes that the officer must be able to walk five miles during a shift as well as have the “ability to provide protective coverage during physically taxing activities (running, jumping, crawling, bending, lifting, etc.).”

Meta — Avatar Behaviors Engineering Manager

Location: London

Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of creating a virtual world, or metaverse, will require a lot of work if it’s going to be a place any of us actually want to spend any time in. Perhaps most importantly, the inhabitants of this virtual world will need to look more realistic and be more functional than the rudimentary characters of a cartoon or an old-school video game.

Earlier this month, Meta advertised a role for a research scientist focused on the “capture and reconstruction of digital humans.” That job posting is no longer available, but Meta has another opening for an “Avatar Behaviors Engineering Manager.” The job, which is based in London, entails making avatars more expressive and capable of fostering a deeper social experience. What does it take to endow an avatar with such life-like behavioral traits? According to the listing, it involves working on “animations, inverse kinematics, sensor loss mitigation, and other hard-to-solve problems.”

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