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Machine Learning Engineer (Remote)

Blue Rose Research

Blue Rose Research

Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, August 4, 2023

Blue Rose Research develops a wide range of cutting-edge products used by the most important progressive organizations in the country. Our research informs short-term and long-term strategy for advancing progressive causes and has a trusted track record among key decision makers.

The team has a storied history, and has worked with central players to develop strategy and direct hundreds of millions of dollars of resources. The work produced by Blue Rose Research is widely regarded as among the most technically sophisticated in the space. If you join us, you’ll be plugging into a diverse team of engineers, data scientists, and political analysts, who are closely connected to some of the most important decision makers in the progressive ecosystem.

We are looking for a machine learning engineer to help develop applied ML models and own end-to-end pipelines that will enable us to deliver real-time insights and guidance to key clients this election cycle. Our pipeline involves using deep learning to fine-tune large, powerful transformer models, and we are excited to be applying the latest advances in AI tools to our unique, private dataset. This role requires full-stack machine learning and data engineering skills, and will closely collaborate with our interdisciplinary team to scope technical needs, contribute new functionality to our ML framework, wrangle messy data and write ETL, train and iterate on models, and own modeling output that will be delivered to client-facing stakeholders.

We’re a fast and dynamic team, and you’ll be contributing to innovative work that evolves week by week. We’re looking for you to bring your passion for data science, a strong attention to detail, and a desire to make a big impact — sometimes under tight timelines.

We offer a competitive salary, medical, dental, and health benefits, and a work environment that will support your differences. While the work is remote, we do have an office in NYC and a number of folks who work in-person regularly – both in NYC and at shared workspace meetups in DC. Most of our work happens on East Coast time.

You will:

  • Help build out a suite of end-to-end modeling pipelines to produce high-quality real-time estimates of public opinion and messaging effectiveness. Improve pipeline reliability, data quality checks, and model evaluations to increase confidence in our modeling outputs.
  • Train, debug, and optimize deep learning runs on our GPU servers, and find new ways to increase model efficiency on both small and large datasets.
  • Conduct deep learning experiments, do feature engineering, and contribute new ideas to improve our core data science approach. Our problems are often not well suited to plug and play data science solutions or commercial APIs, and we often have to think creatively about the right ways to optimize and evaluate model performance.
  • Work with a variety of datasets and survey results, clean and preprocess data, and figure out which models and loss functions are most appropriate for a given problem.
  • Deliver actionable guidance to important internal stakeholders, helping them understand nuances of the model output.
  • Build subject matter context and think critically about what the data is saying, to understand what’s a real trend versus what’s a potential bug.

Our ideal candidate likely:

  • Has 2+ years of professional data engineering and/or machine learning experience.
  • Has significant experience with applied statistics and data modeling. Has developed strong instincts about how to select the right modeling approach for a problem, tune models, evaluate model performance, and diagnose and debug modeling issues.
  • Has experience with SQL and relational databases. Can quickly orient themselves to a new dataset, perform exploratory analysis, spot data quality issues, and justify decisions about how to handle imperfect data. Experience working with political data specifically is helpful, but not required.
  • Has experience building and owning production-level deep learning pipelines using real-world data, and deploying models for both real-time interactive use and batch processing.
  • Is a strong Python programmer, and is familiar with standard software development tools and best practices, including cloud deployment, dependency management and versioning, and debugging cutting-edge libraries with incomplete documentation.
  • Has experience with NLP, GPU programming, and training transformer ML models using PyTorch, or similar tools like TensorFlow/JAX.
  • Is familiar with cloud services, distributed systems, and other DevOps tools (Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, etc.)
  • Thrives in multi-disciplinary teams working with engineers, statisticians and political experts. Is excited about working with less technical stakeholders and seeing how their work impacts real-world decision making.
  • Willingness to engage with the wider progressive political ecosystem and develop domain knowledge in addition to technical insight.
  • Has strong oral and written communication skills, especially in a remote environment.
  • Is a kind person and a team player who contributes to a warm working environment.

We don’t expect every applicant to have expertise in every area listed above. We encourage you to apply if you don’t feel your experience and background sound like a perfect fit. Many of our team members have taken an unusual path to get to where they are today, and our unique and diverse perspectives make us more effective. We also believe strongly in our team’s ability to learn and excel at new skills and challenges. Join us!

The salary range for this position is $130,000 - $170,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Candidates must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.