Senior Software Engineer - Machine Learning
Software Engineering | Remote in Alameda, CA | Full Time | From $150,000.00 to $220,000.00 per year
At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, protect, and preserve our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing into the eye of a category 4 hurricane to obtain new data about how storms intensify collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, and counting fish biomass to inform sustainable fishery management, to mapping the ocean floor and reducing illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022”, earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, won “Best Tech For Good” in the 2022 Timmy Awards, and were recognized by Andreessen-Horowitz’s American Dynamism 50 list of the “Top 50 companies kickstarting American renewal. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times’ “21 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2021,” and Popular Science's “100 Greatest Innovations of 2021.”
We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.
This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.
As a software engineer on the Machine Learning team, you will help to develop and harden our MLOps stack, enabling easily definable datasets, robust and reproducible model training, efficient inference and evaluation, and smooth model deployment to Saildrones.
- Write efficient, well-tested, reliable and maintainable code following CI/CD best-practices.
- Optimize machine learning pipelines and models across multiple performance dimensions- runtime, compute resources, stakeholder-derived performance metrics, etc.
- Work with machine learning and software engineers to implement and deploy performant models that leverage Saildrone’s unique sensor suite (e.g., cameras, radar systems, bathymetric sensors, hydrophones).
- Collaborate cross-functionally with oceanographic domain experts and the machine learning, perception, and data pipeline teams to ensure sensor data quality and runtime performance of the models at sea and at port.
Required skills and experience
- Strong Python and C++ skills to enable new types of models in the training pipelines and deployed on the drones
- Experience developing ML Ops pipelines that touch the full ML lifecycle, including maintaining ML models under continuous development
- Experience with one or more ML frameworks (e.g., PyTorch, TensorFlow, Caffe)
- Experience with one or more cloud computing platforms
- Experience with runtime libraries for ML models, such as TensorRT
- BS in a related field
- 5+ years professional experience
Desired skills and experience
- MS, PhD in a related field
- Experience with sensor fusion
- Experience fielding ML models on robots, cars, cell phones or other edge devices
- Experience with oceanographic, maritime, and/or acoustic data
- Knowledge of bazel build systems and python bindings
Location: This position is remote friendly but based out of Alameda, CA. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.
- Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
- Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
- Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
- Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan
Catch up on the latest news about us:
Interagency Public-Private Partnership Sends Uncrewed Saildrone to Explore Remote Alaskan Waters - NOAA OER (August 11, 2022)
An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)
Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)
They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)
Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)
With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)
Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)
Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)
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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
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