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Sr. Software Engineer - Machine Learning (Remote Friendly)

Software Engineering | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect 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 24/7/365, 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 drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping 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” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 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.

The Role

As a software engineer on the Machine Learning (ML) Team you will help to develop and implement our machine learning operations (MLOps) stack. You will be responsible for working closely with machine learning engineers and oceanographic domain experts to ensure that they can easily and efficiently define datasets, train and share models and test and deploy those models on the Saildrones. You’ll also work closely with our Data Pipeline team to ensure that data coming from a variety of sensors on the robots (e.g. cameras, radar systems, bathymetric sensor suites, hydrophones, maritime automatic identification system, etc.) is stored effectively for ML training and testing workloads both while the robots are at sea and in port. 

Required Skills

Strong Python skills and the ability to design and implement reliable, maintainable, and testable object-oriented code leveraging CI testing, hardware in the loop testing and version control. Must have experience with one (or more) of the most popular machine learning frameworks and one (or more) of the most popular cloud computing platforms. Strong interpersonal skills - someone who pairs well with others, and is eager to help guide the technical direction of our software stack, and diligently review other’s code and designs.

Desired Skills

Experience with C++ and runtime libraries for machine learning models, such as TensorRT, will be an added advantage. Knowledge of bazel build systems and python bindings would help a candidate stand out. Experience training and deploying models on edge devices would be very beneficial as would an understanding of the lifecycle of machine learning models under continuous development.


Minimum Experience

  • 3+ years with Python
  • 2+ years with Machine Learning Frameworks (e.g. PyTorch, TensorFlow, scikit-learn) 
  • 2+ years with Cloud Computing Platforms (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure)

 

Location: We are open to having this role as remote as long as you would be able to travel to our office in Alameda, CA from time to time. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  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'.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

  • Enhanced Paternal Leave Programs

  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

 

Catch up on the latest news about us:

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)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist

 

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.

 

In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.

 

Any unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles submitted through our website or to personal email accounts of employees of Saildrone are considered property of Saildrone and are not subject to payment of agency fees.


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