Machine Learning Engineer

Palo Alto, CA /
Engineering /
Full Time
We are considering candidates for this role who would be able to work out of our offices in either Palo Alto, CA or Chicago, IL when the SARS-CoV-2 situation allows.

About Instrumental:
Can you imagine writing software with no debugger or logging, and you only get to run it every few weeks? That's what building hardware is like for many product companies, and it results in incredible wastes of time, money, and materials. Instrumental's manufacturing optimization system solves this problem. We start by collecting data that no one else can; then we use machine learning and visualizations to automatically identify defects and help product companies understand their assembly processes. As a result, product and process problems are caught and solved earlier, before they create delays and cost millions.

Our product is delighting customers, and the Instrumental customer list is growing across a diverse set of manufacturing applications.

With ~30 people we are a small but mighty team. We value an inclusive environment and actively work to promote diversity in our team. (As an example, our founder/CEO Anna has run the Women In STEM Mentorship Program since 2013.) If you are looking for a place where you can collaborate with friendly people and have outsized impact on entire industries, then keep reading!

About the role:
We’re hiring a Machine Learning Engineer at Instrumental to contribute to production systems that enable teams to derive value from data on their manufacturing lines. You will contribute to computer vision and machine learning developments to more accurately diagnose potential failures during the hardware development process.

You will explore and implement ways to generate insights about our customers’ product and manufacturing processes and leverage existing computer vision tools to develop novel image analysis technology that will be run on large and continuously growing datasets of images.  To this end, scalability of algorithms, repeatability of measurements, and robustness of data extraction are paramount. You’ll be our ideal candidate if you can identify impactful applications of computer vision and/or machine learning and implement them in a way that delivers highly accurate and repeatable results for our customers.

What You’ll Do
Build and own machine learning features and pipelines end-to-end! For us, this means:
- Identify opportunities to use machine learning to improve our product
- Guide efforts to acquire high-quality datasets
- Develop models using the relevant state-of-the-art AI approaches to solve the problem
- Quickly prototype and iterate on new algorithmic concepts, and prioritize them based on customer needs
- Work side by side with other software engineers to bring your research to production and ship it as part of the product!

What You’ll Need To Be Successful
- 2+ years of experience writing production code
- Demonstrated experience in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision or related fields
- A background in computer science or a closely related engineering discipline, with solid fundamentals in algorithms and the math behind them. Experience with computer vision, machine learning, and related fields in production setting is a bonus, but not necessary.
- Obsesses over our customers’ needs, specifically accuracy and repeatability
- Can balance attention to detail with the ability to be scrappy and get stuff done
- Can communicate complex ideas effectively with technical and non-technical team members alike
We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce in an inclusive working environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. All candidates must have the unrestricted right to work in the United States.