ML Research Engineer, Foundation Models

San Francisco
ML & Data /
Full Time /
Hybrid
Wispr is building a more natural way to interact with technology with neural interfaces. We have an elite team of engineers, product designers, and research scientists building magic.

We've raised 25M from top-tier VCs like NEA and 8VC. Our angels and advisors include Chester Chipperfield (product lead for the first Apple Watch), Ben Jones (COO, CTRL-Labs), Dave Gilboa (CEO, Warby Parker), and Jose Carmena (Berkeley professor; co-CEO iota). Our founders are Stanford alums and have previously sold a company and run a team at a deep tech startup with over 100M in funding.

As a part of Wispr's ML team, you will build foundation models that transform human-machine interaction.

Your role will include the research and development of core ML models, setting up the infrastructure to experiment, metrics to measure success, drive data curation, and more. You will be working closely with research scientists and Wispr's product team to test the models in real-world environments. Your work may touch upon unsupervised pre-training, semi-supervised learning, synthetic data generation, multi-modal feature extraction, and more.

Let's build magic.

Core Job Responsibilities

    • Design and improve deep learning architectures for neural signals from novel hardware
    • Scale up data collection and run experiments on large datasets
    • Setup best practices for ML research and set company-wide benchmarks to test models
    • Explore and invent novel ways to decode neural signals with low latency
    • Collaborate with neuroscientists, ML engineers, and interaction designers to unlock new capabilities to design the most natural and seamless human-computer interactions

Required Knowledge/Skills, Education, And Experience

    • MS or Ph.D. in computer science, machine learning, or related engineering field
    • 3+ years of hands-on research experience in machine learning (in academia or industry)
    • Strong research/publication track record
    • Experience in Python and deep learning libraries (Pytorch, Numpy, Pandas, etc.)
    • Hands on experience with cloud computing (e.g. AWS)
    • Outstanding team player and communicator

Nice to have Knowledge/Skills, Education, And Experience

    • Hands on experience building foundation models from scratch
    • Contributing to open source ML libraries
    • Experience working with bio-signals (EMG, EEG, EKG, etc), or real-world noisy data (eg. self-driving cars)
    • Experience with novel methods for increasing model performance - including leveraging synthetic data, unsupervised pre-training, etc.
    • Experience working on ASR or NLP systems
    • Research in a deep tech company or special projects group
$145,000 - $214,998 a year
The compensation band is an estimate and depends on experience. The total compensation for this position may also include stock options and relocation reimbursements.


Why Wispr?
• Do the best work of your life
• Design the next generation of personal computing in a creative, innovative, and collaborative environment.
• Work closely with a world-class team.
• Flexible work arrangements to support you in working in the way that you work best.


For full-time employees:
• Generous health, dental, and vision coverage
• Generous parental leave, unlimited PTO (we encourage taking days off!)
• 401k match
• Commuter benefits
• Relocation assistance
• Total compensation for this position may also include stock options and other potential future incentives


At Wispr, diversity is important to us.

At Wispr, we believe that true innovation starts with people from diverse backgrounds coming together, bridging ideas, and collaborating. Wispr is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.