A pair of openings at Halifax-based Dash Hudson and an opportunity at Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship headline our Jobs of the Week column today.

The Newman Centre is Dalhousie’s hub for entrepreneurship, assisting students and staff across the university’s faculties who are interested in pursuing business ideas. The centre is looking for an Associate Director of Commercialization and Startups.

Dash Hudson is a visual marketing Software-as-a-Service company that helps its clients increase engagement on their social media. Its software, called Vision, is a one-stop spot for clients to manage, source and engage with the traffic of their photos and videos. The company has openings for a Senior DevOps Engineer and a Senior Full Stack Developer.

The Job of the Week column features openings posted on the Entrevestor Job Board, which focuses on jobs in technology, innovation and startups in Atlantic Canada. The Entrevestor Job Board helps match job openings and candidates in the tech and startup communities and is operated by Entrevestor and Alongside.

Here is an excerpt from the headline postings this week:


Dash Hudson

Senior Full Stack Developer

At Dash Hudson, we believe that in today's world, some of the most meaningful interactions between brands and consumers happen through photos and videos. We aim to make these interactions impactful for brands. Our visual marketing software provides brands with a one-stop solution to create, source, measure, and enhance the engagement of their photos and videos.

We work with the world's leading brands and publishers to drive visual performance across all of their marketing channels. The Senior Full Stack Developer role offers a unique opportunity to build products for the world's leading brands and publishers such as Apple, Nordstrom, Sephora, Unilever, and Hearst from our office in the heart of downtown Halifax.

In case you were wondering, here's a little bit more about our team and products:

We're a diverse and growing team from around the world.

We offer competitive benefits, a flexible work schedule, bi-monthly catered lunches, a kitchen stocked with snacks, quarterly wellness benefits, and an annual company trip (dependent on hitting our annual sales target).

We build best-in-class beautiful, functional products that our customers love.

Our marketing platform is competing with the biggest companies in the marketing software industry.

We have a big vision for the future of visual intelligence. We want you to be part of it.

Our current stack includes: Vue.js, Python, Flask, Celery, Docker, MySQL, Redis, AWS (Aurora, ELB, ECS and lots more).

And here's a few interesting details about our tech:

Over 30 million unique monthly visitors for tools we support

Our tools are used on many very popular websites

Hundreds of TBs of media processed

Over 1 million images / videos added every month

Tens of TBs of data in our databases

Over 100 EC2 production instances

99.999% uptime

Large ML compute clusters for real time feedback

Large ElasticSearch clusters for snappy searches

Full CI/CD pipeline, 100% containerized microservice architecture

Dash Hudson is a group of hard-working go-getters. We're energetic, lively, and fast-learning. We take our work seriously, but not ourselves. The Dash Hudson office isn't your conventional office-you won't find any cubicles here. We created a space for our team to thrive in, and made sure to invest in a space that promotes both productivity and pause. We should also mention that we're very fond of furry friends at Dash Hudson, and have many honourary mascots that double as occasional coworkers.


You will be collaborating closely with our designers, product owners and other developers. You will influence the initial specs for new products and features, build/modify backend APIs, write front-end javascript code that integrates with back-end APIs, and be responsible for ongoing improvements once deployed. If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people who like to work hard and play hard, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Design, build, test and maintain web applications and services

Implement APIs using RESTful conventions for integrating with web and mobile applications

Work closely with our product and design teams to customize user experience on the front-end

Analyze and optimize application code for efficiency and performance

Write clean and well-organized code in accordance with industry best practices

Participate in peer reviewing of code and share expertise with other team members . . .

Read the full job posting here.

Senior DevOps Engineer

[See the description of Dash Hudson in the entry above.]

As a Senior DevOps Engineer you will play a key role in the overall success of Dash Hudson by managing, and monitoring internal systems and infrastructure. You will be responsible for various engineering efforts related to automation, scalability and security. 


Prototype, design, and implement build system components
Implement automation tools and frameworks (CI/CD pipelines).
Collaborate with team members to improve the company's engineering tools, systems / procedures, and data security.
Optimize the company's computing architecture.
Conduct systems tests for security, performance, and availability.
Develop and maintain design and troubleshooting documentation.
Troubleshoot production issues and coordinate with the development team to streamline code deployment.
Develop data, process and network models to optimize architecture and to evaluate the performance and reliability of designs
Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures for operating systems, communications environments and applications software


Qualifications & Experience

4+ years of experience as a DevOps Engineer or similar role(s)
Experience with Linux server environments
Strong working knowledge of containers and orchestration (docker + kubernetes)
Knowledge of primary AWS services (EC2, ELB, RDS, Route53, S3, etc)
Proficiency with APIs / microservices architecture
Knowledge of system/network security and data backup/recovery
Ability to create scripts using Bash, Python, Perl or other language
Resourcefulness and problem-solving aptitude
Excellent communication skills

Additional Information

We believe in building great products that solve real problems for marketers, and being unabashed about our unique ability to be the best at what we do. We believe that mutual support among the team, and a willingness for all to figure out the seemingly impossible are what will propel us forward. . . 

Read the full job posting here.

Dalhousie University

Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship

Associate Director of Commercialization and Startups

The Norman Newman Center for Entrepreneurship is part of Dalhousie's Faculty of Management. The Centre offers assistance to students and staff across faculties who are interested in pursuing business ideas, and there are options for students in the Faculties of Management and Commerce to complete majors in the area of entrepreneurship.

The Commercialization and Startup Programs include four different programs which are outlined below:

• Lab Crawls: These one-day events involve inviting Principal Investigators and their graduate students and postdocs to a “Lunch & Learn” about Dalhousie’s commercialization and startup programming, and in particular Research2Innovation, Lab2Market, Ready2Launch Accelerator and Creative Destruction Lab. This is followed by visits to several laboratories during the afternoon to understand their research, and is followed by a social event.

• Researcher2Innovator: This two-day programme explores the value of entrepreneurial thinking as (1) a means of developing careers and research of leading graduate students, post-docs and faculty; and (2), advancing the research, innovations and ideas into impacts, whether that be scientific, economic, social, cultural or environmental. It will inspire academic researchers to become innovators, and provide a pipeline of teams for the Lab2Market program.

• Lab2Market: The new Lab2Market program will generate a pipeline of more and better science- and engineering-based startups emerging from post-secondary research which can accelerate their growth at university-linked incubators and accelerators and eventually the broader startup community. The Lab2Market program uses the Lean Startup model and Business Model Canvas, and is based on similar successful I-Corps program in the U.S. and I-CURE program in the U.K. The Lab2Market national pilot will be led by Dalhousie and Ryerson. In addition, the first cohort of I-INCLab2Market will occur in Halifax in Winter/Spring.

• Ready2Launch Accelerator: The Ready2Launch Accelerator will be a 3-month program during the summer. It will focus on “teams” of newly formed startups, and use MIT’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship accelerator model. Up to ten teams would receive between $10k and $15k for the 3 months. The program will have three key components over three months: (1) Customer; (2) Product Value; and (3) Overall Economics. Each month there would be a 1-hour “board meeting”. The Launch Accelerator will include a Demo Day.


Job Summary

Working with the Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Director of the NNCE, the Associate Director will be responsible for Commercialization and Startup Programs which prepare scientists and engineers to: extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and advance the economic and societal benefits of research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization; identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research; gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs; and accelerate their growth in building viable, sustainable innovation-driven ventures. In addition, there will be another Associate Director of NNCEresponsible for other NNCEprogramming.

Key Responsibilities

- Develop short and long-term strategic plans and related operational measures and benchmarks for the Commercialization and Startup Programs, in conjunction with broader Dalhousie and Dal Innovates strategies, ensuring that resources and systems are in place to achieve planned objectives; establishes and monitors milestones to measure success.

- Develop and implement the Lab2Market national pilot program with others in the I-INCnetwork. Collaborate with other I-INC network Nodes across Canada in delivering and overseeing the Lab2Market programming nationally. Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of Lab2Market and I-INC and the resources and support available.

- Develop and implement the Ready2Launch Accelerator.

- Create all business processes and workflows to ensure the appropriate level of organization and service for Commercialization and Startup Programs, in accordance with Dalhousie policies and procedures. Work to establish metrics and a reporting structure for the metrics, as well as prepare an annual report of results (including economic impact) for Commercialization and Startup Programs.

- Manage the day-to-day operations of Commercialization and Startup Programs, ensuring the office operates in compliance with Dalhousie policies, procedures, and standards and is a model for operational best practices across the University.

- Manage stakeholder relationships including liaising and reporting with donors, corporate partners, senior Dalhousie employees, and government officials. Resolve conflicts between stakeholders, while ensuring strong cross Faculty relationships are maintained and strengthened. . . . .

Read the full job posting here.