Location: Waterloo

What's the opportunity?

Borealis AI is the R&D arm of RBC, and consists of a team of researchers, research engineers, data scientists, and software developers dedicated to solving today’s leading problems in machine learning and artificial intelligence. With a focus on curiosity-driven research, our team is dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art by publishing at top-tier conferences, developing impactful products with the potential to reach millions of people, and supporting the broader AI community.  

We’re looking for an enthusiastic senior software developer who’s excited by the opportunity of being at the forefront of machine learning technology, and working on extremely challenging problems. As a Senior Machine Learning Software Developer, you’ll be responsible for owning and delivering a project end to end – everything from data pre-processing to implementing machine learning algorithms and front-end development. You’ll provide technical leadership, mentorship to junior engineers, and influence engineering best practices in your team.

At Borealis AI, you’ll be joining a team that works directly with leading researchers in machine learning, has access to rich and massive datasets, and offers the computational resources to support ongoing development in areas such as reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning and computer vision. You can find out more about our research areas at www.borealisai.com.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead the design, implementation and deployment of successful ML systems;
  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions;
  • Understand system interdependencies and limitations;
  • Share knowledge in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering best practices;
  • Prototyping solutions to evaluate the impact of selected algorithms on the target problem;
  • Collaborating with research and business teams to converge on the best solutions;
  • Optimizing algorithms and prototypical solutions for efficient implementation;
  • Extending prototypes into fully functional, polished solutions ready for internal and/or external use;
  • Supporting projects with thorough documentation of usage, design decisions and capabilities;
  • Extracting, transforming and loading massive datasets using distributed computing framework technologies (Hadoop, Spark etc.).

You’re our ideal candidate if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent.  A master’s or PhD in an AI sub-field, with detailed knowledge of machine learning algorithms, is an asset;
  • Have 5+ years’ industry experience;
  • Have experience with writing modular, robust, scalable software in one of the modern languages such as C++, C#, Java, Python;
  • Solid UNIX or Linux experience;
  • Proficiency with Deep Learning packages such as Tensorflow, Theano, Keras and PyTorch;
  • Exposure to distributed computing frameworks (e.g. Hadoop, Spark) as well as SQL, NoSQL and graph databases;
  • Have knowledge of professional software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle, including testing methods, coding standards, code reviews and source control management;
  • Experience with scaling and performance of large systems;
  • Experience in communicating with business, product and other technical teams, to collect requirements, discuss technical designs and products;
  • Experience taking a leading role in building complex software products, mentoring junior software engineers, and influencing software engineering best practices within your team.

How to apply:

Please email your CV, Google Scholar (or equivalent), GitHub (or equivalent) portfolio to mi.research@borealisai.com and include where you heard about this opportunity.

What’s in it for you?

  • Become part of a team that thinks progressively and works collaboratively. We care about seeing each other reach full potential;
  • A comprehensive Total Rewards Program including bonuses and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, commissions, and stock options where applicable;
  • Leaders who support your development through coaching and managing opportunities;
  • Ability to make a difference and lasting impact from a local-to-global scale.

About Borealis AI

Borealis AI, a RBC Institute for Research, is a curiosity-driven research centre dedicated to achieving state-of-the-art in machine learning. Established in 2016, and with labs in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Waterloo, and Vancouver, we support academic collaborations and partner with world-class research centres in artificial intelligence. With a focus on ethical AI that will help communities thrive, our machine learning scientists perform fundamental and applied research in areas such as reinforcement learning, natural language processing, deep learning, and unsupervised learning to solve ground-breaking problems in diverse fields.