Now Hiring: Lead Machine Learning Scientist - Industry

Do you want to push the boundaries of how a world-leading AI institute is helping organizations implement AI solutions?

“We are thrilled to add a Lead Machine Learning Scientist to our team. This role is an exceptional opportunity to help shape how Amii guides clients through the AI adoption journey and have a real, tangible impact on their business outcomes. This role will be a key leadership position on our team that will be looked to for thought leadership on applied machine learning in order to move our products and clients forward.

I’m looking for an ambitious, outcomes driven, and pragmatic candidate, who is eager to apply their industry experience in order to help shape Amii’s client engagements.

Amii straddles the worlds of cutting edge research and applied machine learning to achieve real world outcomes. If this excites you, read on below!”

- David Chan, Product Lead, Industry

Job Description

The Lead Machine Learning Scientist (Lead MLS) brings scientific excellence and industry best practices in applied ML to the Industry team. They are an active participant in product development and delivery, providing insight into their area of expertise and fostering interns, residents 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 industry experience to direct Amii Industry Partners’ ML efforts and advance them on the AI Adoption Spectrum. They bridge the gap between business opportunities and ML, providing technical oversight on 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 industry partners and the team through the Machine Learning Process Lifecycle. The Lead ML Scientist will also make informed decisions about the data requirements and pipeline, modelling techniques, methodology, and deployment, as well as 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 Industry team.

What you’ll do

  • Lead the development, ownership, and execution of applied machine learning elements of the program and product roadmap
  • Act as a functional supervisor to machine learning scientists, interns and residents, 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 review the business needs, prioritize, outline milestones and deliverables, and identify opportunities and risks
  • Collaborate with Amii researchers and students on machine learning research
  • Foster external science relationships to capitalize on opportunities to progress work forward

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Machine Learning or related field with equivalent experience in data science or applied machine learning
  • Solid fundamentals and understanding of machine learning
  • 3+ years of experience leading projects in applied machine learning in industry
  • 2+ years of experience deploying machine learning models with production-quality code in industry
  • Ability to navigate and communicate complex technical topics to all stakeholders
  • Experience and comfort with DevOps and tools such as cloud platforms, containerization, CI/CD, etc
  • Up-to-date knowledge and strong engineering and analytical skills
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have led a team of machine learning scientists/data scientists
  • Experience working through and contributing to various stages of the product development lifecycle
  • Theoretical knowledge and practical experience with advanced statistical and machine learning analysis techniques
  • Up-to-date knowledge and expertise within their particular specialties
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed academic conferences or relevant journals in machine learning and/or artificial intelligence
  • Industry experience in agriculture or energy a plus

Attributes and Expectations

  • Displays an ability to focus on the big picture without losing sight of the details
  • Ready to take a leadership role at Amii and with its clients, providing applied industry expertise and mentorship for Amii and its clients’ 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
  • Able to work independently and make informed decisions while collaborating with staff and subject matter experts when appropriate

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.

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.
  • Great benefits such as health, dental and vision care, life insurance, RRSP matching and professional development.
  • A modern office located in downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

How to Apply

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, please don’t wait for the closing date to apply -- we’re excited to add a new member to the Amii team for this role, and the posting may come down sooner than the closing date!

Please send your resume and cover letter indicating why you think you'd be a fit for Amii by January 10 through the Indeed listing.

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

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