Sr. Researcher, Applied Research Team at SparkCognition (Austin, TX)

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SparkCognition is an AI leader that offers business-critical solutions for customers in energy, manufacturing, finance, aerospace, defense, and security. A highly awarded company recognized for cutting-edge technology, SparkCognition develops AI-powered, cyber-physical software for the safety, security, reliability, and optimization of IT, OT, and the Industrial IoT. We deliver value to our customers by providing solutions that address complex customer problems.
The Applied Research team addresses hard, novel challenges that arise in product development or customer engagements. As a Senior Data Scientist, you'll bring your knowledge and proven data science expertise to conduct research in machine learning-based solutions that improve our products and help our customers.
Qualified candidates are deeply analytical with a keen understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. They are experienced researchers who know how to design worthwhile experiments and empirically derive conclusions. They have the ability, inclination, and experience to conduct research that solves practical problems. They have the communication skills to work closely with both research colleagues and customers.
If you were working for us today, you would be:
  • Independently and effectively engage with internal product developers, external customers, and subject matter experts to understand and solve critical technical challenges through the application of cutting-edge artificial intelligence
  • Conduct research and design technical solutions that improve models for commercial and industrial applications, such as anomaly detection, prescriptive maintenance, and fraud detection
  • Conduct research on core challenges facing applications of artificial intelligence, such as transparency, explainability, transferability and continuous learning
  • Pioneer procedures and/or automated toolsets to more efficiently and effectively perform data science activities
  • Contribute to AI product development and key data science research areas, internally and externally
  • Propose new projects or initiatives that will yield business benefits and evaluate project plans and proposals
  • Evaluate and respond to RFPs related to artificial intelligence
  • Conduct research and write patent applications and technical publications
  • Serve as a people manager to other data scientists, as needed

You may be a fit for our team if you have:
  • Strong understanding of Data Science, including machine learning, statistics, probability, and modeling.
  • Significant experience with Data Science programming languages, such as Python, R, Matlab
  • Significant experience with machine learning frameworks, such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, Theano, and Keras.
  • Applied knowledge of ML techniques/algorithms including linear models, neural networks, decision trees, Bayesian techniques, clustering, and anomaly detection
  • Significant experience managing large volumes of data (terabytes or more)
  • Experience with leading project teams, specifically data science teams
  • Strong written and verbal communications, ability to translate complex technical topics to internal and external stakeholders

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Location

Large 2022 renovated office space located near the Arboretum in Austin, TX- including fully stocked beverage and snack areas!

What are SparkCognition Perks + Benefits

SparkCognition Benefits Overview

SparkCognition offers a combination of benefits + perks that align with our brand and culture. This includes: competitive medical benefits, employer HSA contribution, employer-paid STD & Life Insurance/AD&D, 401k match, 4+ weeks of PTO, and parental leave.

In addition, we strive for our team to be active in our communities and to focus on leading supportive and healthy lifestyles. We offer health & wellness benefits for local and remote employees through Twic, which provides a quarterly stipend and a marketplace with discounted partnership rates, featuring gyms, equipment and clothing companies, nutrition classes, and more.

As we are in a high-growth stage, we offer support and encouragement for employees' career development, including mentorship opportunities, online course subscriptions, an educational reimbursement program, and more.

To build a truly stellar team, we have a referral program that offers bonus incentives for employees who help us fill open job positions, including our "Hot Jobs" program which offers an increased bonus for high-priority roles.

We also offer employee equity, with the ability to purchase shares in the company.

We offer a dynamic workforce policy that is focused on the dynamic environment of our world, at times our personal needs will warrant working from a home office and at times the business needs will require in-person interactions to ensure we retain a strong sense of team and collaboration as we work together on business initiatives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
SparkCognition participates in local volunteer activities, most notably with Austin Sunshine Camps.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a cross-departmental Culture Committee that ensures the company represents our values and mission. We also have an intranet committee, responsible for communicating info across departments.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
SparkCognition offers 3 health plans through Cigna, including a PPO, EPO, and HDHP. We also offer First Stop Health for telemedicine.
Life Insurance
SparkCognition offers group-term life insurance with a potential payout of 2X an employee's annual salary, up 20 $200,000 for the duration of employment.
Wellness Programs
We offer health & wellness benefits for local & remote employees through Twic, which provides a quarterly stipend & a marketplace with discounted partnership rates, featuring gyms, equipment, & more.
Mental Health Benefits
SparkCognition offers a unique service called First Stop Health Mental Health, which provides virtual counselor visits, and is free for employees and their dependents.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
SparkCognition's 401(k) retirement plan matches 50% of an employee's contribution up to 6% of their annual base salary, with a 3-year vesting schedule for matched contributions.
Company Equity
SparkCognition offers stock options for all employees as a part of the incentive package, including vesting over a four-year period.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
We offer a dependent care FSA option.
Generous Parental Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
SparkCognition offers flexible schedules, allowing each employee to work with their team to determine hours.
Remote Work Program
Our post-pandemic return to office policy will allow employees and their managers to work together and determine if their role will be fully remote, a hybrid work model, or fully in-office.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Our parental leave plan applies to adoptions.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
We believe strongly in rest & relaxation and encourage employees to utilize PTO. We offer a bank of 4+ weeks of PTO, sick days, and floating holidays.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer transportation and parking benefits for work-related travel.
Game Room
In our new office space, we have a dedicated recreational room with shuffleboard, ping pong, giant scrabble, board games, and video games. We also have a quiet reading room.
Stocked Kitchen
We offer in-office snacks and drinks, along with kitchen space and fridges for employees to bring their own snacks and food.
Some Meals Provided
Previously, we've had catered Friday lunches and Taco Tuesdays! As we move to a dynamic work environment, we will be assessing our lunch program again.
Happy Hours
In the new office, our recreational space will be set up for teams to host happy hours without having to go off-site.
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
We offer health & wellness benefits for local & remote employees through Twic, which provides a quarterly stipend & a marketplace with discounted partnership rates, featuring gyms, equipment, & more.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
We offer a continued education program for specific Master's degrees in data science and computer science.
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

At SparkCognition, we continue to focus on adding and improving perks and benefits. Some of these include offering prorated PTO throughout the year, 401k matching, a technology subsidy for all employees, parental leave (up to 12 weeks), and a choice between Mac or PC work laptops.

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