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Senior Research Scientist, Applied ML

About the Job:

The Sama R&D team is focused on delivering integrated solutions solving the most complex Machine Learning problems for over 25% of the Fortune 50. We use advanced practices to build scalable, secure, and efficient solutions covering multiple aspects of Machine Learning and AI; from data ingestion to annotation as well as building and operating Machine Learning models. 

As a Senior Applied Scientist, you will work with our team of talented Scientists, Developers, and over 3,000 of our Annotation Agents in Africa to conduct research that will advance the Sama annotation platform, empowering our customers and Annotators to rapidly and accurately identify and extract features in images, videos, and Lidar systems. With a commitment to your customer and driven by a mission to expand opportunities for low-income populations, you will use your outstanding research and development skills to deliver compelling solutions in an incremental, lean, and self-driven environment.

Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in deep learning and computer vision. As part of our AI team, you will play a key role in improving our Machine Learning models and technology, making our advanced annotation platform smarter and scalable. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • You will be responsible for conducting R&D in deep learning and computer vision to support our technology offering in object tracking, detection and segmentation for images, videos and Lidar systems. 
  • You will be a key player in expanding our core Machine Learning technology to more use cases within our product.
  • Through proper implementation and delivery, you will work collaboratively with Product Management and ML developers to deliver the best products and solutions to our customers.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Image Processing, or a related field with 2+ years of industry experience OR M.Sc. in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Image Processing, or a related field with 5+ years of industry experience.
  • Ability to carry out Machine Learning projects, from prototype to delivery.
  • Experience with Deep Learning frameworks such as TensorFlow or Pytorch.
  • Experience with Cloud Infrastructure (AWS, GCP, Azure).
  • Ability to develop and prototype new Machine Learning techniques and run experiments to systematically improve model accuracy.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Contribution to research communities and/or publications at conferences such as NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ICCV.
  • Experience with MLOps, and model deployment infrastructure in general.
  • Understanding of service-oriented architectures.
  • Comfortability working with a distributed team.


About Sama:

25% of the Fortune 50 trust Sama to deliver secure, high-quality training data and validation for the technology teams driving humanity forward. From self-driving cars to smart hardware, Sama fuels AI. Founded over a decade ago, we’re experts in image, video, and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms in industries including automotive, navigation, AR/VR, biotech, agriculture, manufacturing, and e-commerce. Our staff are driven by a mission to expand opportunity for low-income people through the digital economy, and our social business model has helped lift over 50,000 people out of poverty.


Our Culture:

Sama is quite unique. We are a technology company with a social mission. People that thrive in a high-growth environment, love working on the bleeding edge of technology, and really care about having a positive impact on the world are a great fit for the Sama culture. Our core values are grit, integrity, humanity, and GTD (Get Things Done).


Our Benefits:

Sama offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a full benefits package, including: medical, dental, and vision insurance, long-term disability insurance, life, and AD&D insurance, employer-matching Group RRSP, generous holiday, and vacation policies, sabbaticals, a monthly fitness stipend, and professional development opportunities.


At Sama, we take pride in being a diverse and equal opportunity employer.

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