Overview

BenchSci is a remote first organization. At this moment, we are welcoming applicants from Canada, the US and the UK for this position.

BenchSci’s vision is to help scientists bring novel medicine to patients 50% faster by 2025. We empower scientists to run more successful experiments with the world’s most advanced, biomedical artificial intelligence software platform.

Backed by F-Prime, Inovia, Golden Ventures, and Google’s AI fund, Gradient Ventures, we provide an indispensable tool for scientists that accelerates research at 16 top 20 pharmaceutical companies and over 4,300 leading academic centers. We’re a certified Great Place to Work®, and top-ranked company on Glassdoor.

We are seeking a Technical Lead – ML Engineering to join our growing R&D team! Reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will run our end-to-end machine learning platform, from research to production ML models. Successful candidates for this role are well-versed with the nuances of the machine learning lifecycle and have a  clear approach to measure the improvement of our ML systems and their peers’ workflows. The technical lead role is a unique expansion of the scope of a Senior ML engineer that takes on various facets of technical leadership, team building, and building out our technical roadmap. You can expect to collaborate with your ML teammates as well as folks from MLOps, Data, and Science teams.

You Will:

    • Design, build, evaluate and deploy robust, scalable, and production-ready ML models that enhance the speed and quality of life-saving research
    • Partner with the Engineering Manager and other Tech Leads to recruit and build the team
    • Lead or consult the authoring of engineering design proposals in accordance with the unified Platform Stream roadmap at BenchSci
    • Drive core components of our technical roadmap
    • Be responsible for facilitating and making technical decisions in cross-functional forums
    • Help define best practices based on personal industry experience and research across the Machine Learning team
    • Lead sprint planning, estimations, and code + design reviews
    • Oversee the solutions and long-term technical investments that will  inspire technical creativity at BenchSci

You Have:

    • 4+ years of experience working as a professional developer applying machine learning techniques to solve business problems
    • Strong experience with Python and programming fundamentals
    • Extensive experience with NLP (ideally including NER) and PyTorch
    • Experience with designing, building, and evaluating robust and scalable production-ready ML models
    • Experience with complex problem solving and an eye for details such as scalability and performance of a potential solution
    • Experience with data manipulation and processing, such as SQL or pandas
    • A growth mindset and a constant desire to learn
    • Experience with building and maintaining functional, production level models in the cloud
    • Experience with scoping and planning of projects
    • Strong cross-team communication and collaboration skills
    • A desire to see teammates succeed together

Nice to have, but not mandatory qualifications

    • Research publications in ML/AI-related fields
    • Experience with PyTorchLightning and image processing libraries such as OpenCV and scikit-image
    • Experience with Google AI Platform for PyTorch implementations
    • Background in Life Science
    • Familiarity with industry standards such as MLFlow and DVC
    • Experience with hermetic build tools such as Bazel
    • Experience with computer vision
    • A  degree in Computer Science,  Mathematics, or other closely-related disciplines
Benefits and Perks:
An engaging remote-first culture
A competitive compensation package that includes BenchSci equity options
Comprehensive health and dental benefits
Emphasis on mental health with $2500 CAD (or equivalent in your country’s currency) for Psychologist, Social Worker, or Psychotherapist services
Three weeks of vacation plus an additional day for every completed year
Unlimited flex time to use toward sick days, personal days, religious holidays, birthdays and appointments
Additional time-off: 2 weeks for Winter Holidays, every other Friday in July and August, your birthday, and more!
Generous parental leave benefits with a top-up plan or paid time off options
A $2000 CAD (or equivalent in your country’s currency) Annual Learning & Development budget
A $1000 CAD (or equivalent in your country’s currency) work from home allowance to make your home setup perfect for you
A lifestyle spending account for employees to receive reimbursement for eligible expenses related to wellness, lifestyle and productivity $2500 CAD  (or equivalent in your country’s currency) per year
Our Culture:
At BenchSci, we’re committed to cultivating an inspiring, inclusive, and equitable work environment for high performing, ego-free, self-starting individuals with a growth mindset, who enjoy the challenge of solving hard problems. We recognize that everyone here is a person first and an employee second. We want people to feel cared for and supported to bring the best versions of themselves to work and help the company achieve its mission. We believe culture is critical to success and invest accordingly.
We live and promote our FASTT values of Focused, Advancement with Speed, Tenacity, and Transparency. We work hard to maintain an engaging, supportive environment where everyone can do their best work. To learn more, read our culture deck.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive. We believe that improving diversity, equity and inclusion is our collective responsibility, and this belief guides our DEI journey. To learn more, read about our DEI initiatives.
Accessibility Accommodations:
BenchSci provides accessibility accommodations during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.
BenchSci is a remote first organization. At this moment, we are welcoming applicants from Canada, the US and the UK for this position.
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