Now Hiring: Lead Machine Learning - Advanced Technology Scientist

Do you like working in the intersection of ML and driving its application to various domains?

Do you want to work with some great minds in machine learning?

Then this is the right opportunity for you. The Advanced Technology team works on some of the most complex problems in applied machine learning. I am looking to add a computer vision expert who is enthusiastic about solving complex problems, thinking out of the box for novel solutions, confident, and collaborating closely with the team. ”

-- Talat Iqbal Syed, Product Lead, Advanced Technology

“As a Fellow-in-Residence, I’m able to help Amii bring machine learning out of the academic lab and into the hands of companies. I really enjoy helping organizations define high-impact problems that ML can address and then assist them along the research, deployment, and lifecycle stages. I personally take pride in being able to point at something we have helped with and know that we helped our partner successfully improve their business process and made them more competitive.”

-- Matt Taylor, Fellow-in-Residence, Amii and Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

About Amii

One of Canada’s three main institutes for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, our world-renowned researchers drive fundamental and applied research at the University of Alberta (and other academic institutions), training some of the world’s top scientific talent. Our cross-functional teams work collaboratively with Alberta-based businesses and organizations to build AI capacity and translate scientific advancement into industry adoption and economic impact.

Job Purpose & Accountabilities

The Lead Machine Learning Scientist (Lead MLS) drives scientific excellence in the Advanced Technology team and is an active participant in program and product development and delivery, providing insight into their area of expertise and fostering associates and machine learning scientists’ development in the organization. They also support Amii's internal teams as subject matter experts based on their technical specialties and applied machine learning experience.

The Lead MLS uses their scientific knowledge and applied research experience to direct Amii Industry Partners’ research and development efforts. They bridge the gap between business opportunities and fundamental ML, providing scientific oversight on technical projects. In addition, they advise the team in the definition of ML problems and help the team navigate the development and delivery of the solution. This includes coaching the industry partners and the team through the Machine Learning Process Lifecycle (MLPL). The Lead ML Scientist will also make informed decisions about the data requirements, modelling techniques and methodology, resource identification and evaluation.

In addition to guiding industry partners, the Lead MLS will support fundamental research through partnerships with Amii Fellows and their students, working with one of the world’s best ML departments.

The role focuses on achieving excellence in three principal accountabilities:

  • Program and Product Development: Work in collaboration with a Product Lead to develop all science-related products and services in a dedicated program stream.
  • Industry Excellence: Provide science thought-leadership and guidance in a dedicated program stream or industry area; as well as work with Amii clients to advance their ML projects and capabilities)
  • Research: Support the advancement of ML research

This role will report to the Product Lead of the Advanced Technology team.

What You'll Do

  • Lead the development, ownership, and execution of science-related elements of the program and product roadmap
  • Lead the science program design process in the advanced technology team based on the knowledge and understanding of the clients and technology
  • Act as a functional supervisor to machine learning scientists and associates, review and revise their work, and manage approvals as appropriate
  • Reinforce a path to success by referring to core competencies, key performance indicators, and personal development goals while acting as functional supervisor
  • Encourage and maintain a problem-solving approach to work while acting as a peer coach and collaborator
  • Execute tangible actions to inspire and hold team members to achieve the organization's mission and vision
  • Work in an Agile environment and continuously reviews the business needs, prioritizes, outlines milestones and deliverables, and identifies opportunities and risks
  • Collaborate with Fellows and students on research papers
  • Foster external science relationships to capitalize on opportunities to progress work forward


  • Graduate degree in Machine Learning or related field with research work on computer vision
  • Solid fundamentals and understanding of machine learning with a deep focus on computer vision
  • 3+ years of experience leading projects in the field of computer vision using deep learning (preferably in the area of image and video construction)
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed academic conferences or relevant journals in the field of computer vision
  • Ability to navigate and communicate complex technical topics to all stakeholders
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada

Attributes & Expectations

  • Displays an ability to focus on the big picture without losing sight of the details
  • Comfortable taking a leadership role with Amii clients, providing scientific expertise and mentorship for clients’ internal teams
  • Demonstrates presence, self-confidence, sound judgment, and superior problem-solving ability
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills for effective interactions with internal departments and external stakeholders. Operates with the highest standards of integrity and trust
  • Promotes high-level cross-functional collaboration and establishes credibility while influencing peers to achieve common goals
  • Successfully manages multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Collegiality and willingness to listen to feedback and support teammates
  • Intellectual curiosity and the desire to learn new things, techniques, and technologies
  • Able to work independently and make informed decisions while collaborating with staff and subject matter experts when appropriate

What you'll love about us

  • A professional yet casual work environment that encourages the growth and development of your skills.
  • A chance to learn from amazing teammates who support one another to succeed.
  • Competitive compensation including paid time off and flexible health benefits.
  • A modern office located in downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, then please don’t wait to apply! To apply, please send your resume and cover letter indicating why you think you'd be a fit for Amii through the listing on Indeed by August 13, 2021.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada at the time of application

Amii is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and excellent workforce.

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