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Software Engineer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 Who are we?

Dessa is a technology company transforming the way enterprises work with AI around the world. Based in Toronto, Dessa collaborates with enterprise teams across industries to design, build and deploy customized AI solutions that reinvent what’s possible for business. The company has a diverse and growing team of technical and business experts in applied AI, including Alex Krizhevsky, Dessa’s Technical Advisor and one of the field’s top contributors. Dessa’s creation of enterprise AI solutions is powered by our end-to-end platform, Foundations.

We are also a trusted player in the AI community, and have partnerships with industry leaders including NVIDIA, the Vector Institute, and Amazon Web Services. In 2017, we were named AI Company of the Year by the DFI Institute, and we received $9 million in Series A funding. Until the summer of 2018, the company was known as DeepLearni.ng.

 

Who are you?

You’re a software professional who’s passionate about your craft. You write clean code, you’re great at testing and refactoring, and you have a clue about algorithms and CS fundamentals.

You might have a long and distinguished track record, where you’ve demonstrated the ability to think strategically and mentor those around you. You might be a new university grad (or autodidact!) who’s done interesting things in your class projects and co-op terms. Or, you might be somewhere in between. At Dessa, we care a lot more about how—and why—you practice your craft than how long you’ve been doing it.

You’re a lifelong learner who stays current with new technologies, and you have delivered great software using more than one software stack. Right now, we’re using Python, React.js, Docker, Kubernetes, and a host of cloud technologies: you’ve either used these (or similar) things in the past, or you know you can pick them up readily in your first few months on the job because you’re good at learning new skills quickly. (In particular, part of your technical interview will be in Python.)

You’re effective at working very closely with teammates from many backgrounds on a mature Agile team.

You’re conversant enough in English to contribute to deep technical discussions in it, to work closely all day with other English speakers who have a variety of accents and skill levels, and to stay current with technical papers that are written in English. You can organize your thoughts well enough to express them coherently to other team members, and to wider audiences.

Inventing the future of AI sounds amazing to you, and you want in.

 

What would you do at Dessa?

We’re on a mission to help our clients do the impossible, and you’ll be building the tooling that allows them to do precisely that.

You’ll be a teammate on a high-maturity Agile team, doing pair programming, test-driven and behaviour-driven development, refactoring, simple emergent design, and much more. Do you prefer a variety of new problems to solve at regular intervals, or would you rather focus on one great product over a longer time? We’ve got you covered either way. We have opportunities on our core product teams, and on the team that supports our services engagements.

To build the tools that make Machine Learning Engineers awesome, we’ll need you to become a MLE, at least some of the time. We’ll teach you to do that, and we’ll give you time and support to use the tools you’re creating to do good in the world. You don’t need any previous ML or AI experience (though you’re very welcome if you have some), just a keen interest in the field.

In addition to the opportunities on our core product teams, we’re also looking for people with backgrounds in security, data engineering, client-facing roles, and team leadership; if you’re one of those folks, we’re especially interested in hearing from you.

 

What would you get out of joining us?

You’ll have the opportunity to work with purpose. You’ll be inventing the future of AI/ML development, and you’ll get to split your time between doing that and pursuing your own personal machine learning passion projects, with mentoring from our machine learning experts. Here’s a recent example.

You’ll also get to develop relationships with key machine learning experts and prominent industry figures from the greater community. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and build relevant the MLE experience required to pursue a career in technical AI roles.

Our engineering culture encourages self-expression, creativity, honesty, and learning. It doesn’t stress long hours or dysfunctional values. We have nice offices in downtown Toronto, directly on a transit line, where you’ll work hard for eight hours and then go home on time.

We offer a premium compensation package including base salary, bonus, and stock options, in addition to generous health benefits, healthy snacks, gym memberships, transit reimbursement, and more! We can also offer relocation and sponsorship for a work visa, if you need either or both of those things.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

 

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Senior Software Engineer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 Who are we?

Dessa is a technology company transforming the way enterprises work with AI around the world. Based in Toronto, Dessa collaborates with enterprise teams across industries to design, build and deploy customized AI solutions that reinvent what’s possible for business. The company has a diverse and growing team of technical and business experts in applied AI, including Alex Krizhevsky, Dessa’s Technical Advisor and one of the field’s top contributors. Dessa’s creation of enterprise AI solutions is powered by our end-to-end platform, Foundations.

We are also a trusted player in the AI community, and have partnerships with industry leaders including NVIDIA, the Vector Institute, and Amazon Web Services. In 2017, we were named AI Company of the Year by the DFI Institute, and we received $9 million in Series A funding. Until the summer of 2018, the company was known as DeepLearni.ng.

 

Who are you?

You’re a software professional who’s passionate about your craft. You write clean code, you’re great at testing and refactoring, and you have a clue about algorithms and CS fundamentals.

You have a long and distinguished track record of delivering great software that makes a difference for the people who use it.

You’ve demonstrated the ability to think strategically and mentor those around you. You have good design sense, you understand what good code and good architecture are, and you can articulate that to those around you. You have a track record of helping your teammates level up.

You’re a lifelong learner who stays current with new technologies, and you have delivered great software using more than one software stack. Right now, we’re using Python, React.js, Docker, Kubernetes, and a host of cloud technologies: you’ve either used these (or similar) things in the past, or you know you can pick them up readily in your first few months on the job because you’re good at learning new skills quickly. (In particular, part of your technical interview will be in Python.)

You’re effective at working very closely with teammates from many backgrounds on a mature Agile team.

You’re conversant enough in English to contribute to deep technical discussions in it, to work closely all day with other English speakers who have a variety of accents and skill levels, and to stay current with technical papers that are written in English. You can organize your thoughts well enough to express them coherently to other team members, and to wider audiences.

Inventing the future of AI sounds amazing to you, and you want in.

 

What would you do at Dessa?

We’re on a mission to help our clients do the impossible, and you’ll be building the tooling that allows them to do precisely that.

You’ll be a senior teammate on a high-maturity Agile team, doing pair programming, test-driven and behaviour-driven development, refactoring, simple emergent design, and much more. We’ll be looking to you to improve the overall maturity of your team, and to drive better outcomes than the team would have achieved without you.

To build the tools that make Machine Learning Engineers awesome, we’ll need you to become a MLE, at least some of the time. We’ll teach you to do that, and we’ll give you time and support to use the tools you’re creating to do good in the world. You don’t need any previous ML or AI experience (though you’re very welcome if you have some), just a keen interest in the field.

We have opportunities on our core product teams, and on the team that supports our services engagements. Do you prefer a variety of new problems to solve at regular intervals, or would you rather focus on one great product over a longer time? We’ve got you covered either way.

In addition to the opportunities on our core product teams, we’re also looking for people with backgrounds in security, data engineering, client-facing roles, and team leadership; if you’re one of those folks, we’re especially interested in hearing from you.

 

What would you get out of joining us?

You’ll have the opportunity to work with purpose. You’ll be inventing the future of AI/ML development, and you’ll get to split your time between doing that and pursuing your own personal machine learning passion projects, with mentoring from our machine learning experts. Here’s a recent example: https://betakit.com/dessa-engineers-build-machine-learning-supernova-identification-system/ .

You’ll get to develop relationships with key machine learning experts and prominent industry figures, and build your career toolkit. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and build some relevant MLE experience to pursue a career in AI.

Our engineering culture stresses self-expression, creativity, honesty, and learning, and it doesn’t stress long hours or dysfunctional values. We have nice offices in downtown Toronto, directly on a transit line, where you’ll work hard for eight hours and then go home on time.

We offer a premium compensation package including base salary, bonus, and stock options, as well as benefits such as healthy snacks, gym memberships, transit reimbursement, great health benefits, and more! We can also offer relocation and sponsorship for a work visa, if you need either or both of those things.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



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Product

Product Marketing Manager

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Who are we?

Dessa is a technology company transforming the way enterprises work with AI around the world. Based in Toronto, Dessa collaborates with enterprise teams across industries to design, build and deploy customized AI solutions that reinvent what’s possible for business. The company has a diverse and growing team of technical and business experts in applied AI, including Alex Krizhevsky, Dessa’s Technical Advisor and one of the field’s top contributors. Dessa’s creation of enterprise AI solutions is powered by our end-to-end platform, Foundations.

We are also a trusted player in the AI community, and have partnerships with industry leaders including NVIDIA, the Vector Institute, and Amazon Web Services. In 2017, we were named AI Company of the Year by the DFI Institute, and we received $9 million in Series A funding. Until the summer of 2018, the company was known as DeepLearni.ng.

We are looking to add a Product Marketing Manager to our fast growing product management team. In this role, you’ll have a unique opportunity to develop your career in the rapidly evolving AI industry and collaborate with world-class machine learning experts to build software products that generate real-world impact. The ideal candidate has successfully launched a technical enterprise product, worked in a startup environment, and has executed go-to-market strategies in collaboration with sales and marketing functions.

As part of the Dessa product management team, you’ll directly shape the marketing of Dessa’s products, contribute to product roadmaps, socialize product vision and marketing strategies while also enjoy a diverse and collaborative workplace culture.

What will you do?

  • Plan, manage, and execute launches of net-new products and releases of existing products within a cross-functional environment
  • Collaborate with product, marketing, sales, and enterprise solutions teams to develop the optimal positioning and messaging that resonate with our target buyers
  • Enable our sales team through content generation, training, and support during client meetings
  • Define pricing strategies in concert with sales, finance, and product teams
  • Know our buyers and their buying journey: who are they, how they buy, and what are their key buying factors
  • Maintain an up-to-date view of the competitive landscape: who are they, how are they positioned, and where they are headed
  • Translate your understanding of our technology into the right message for our audience
  • Track and measure performance of product marketing initiatives in concert with our marketing team to enable continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with the rest of the product management team to drive product roadmap

What do you need to succeed?

Must have:

  • 5+ years of product management experience with at least 2 years of experience in a product marketing role in a B2B environment (e.g. conducting market research, launching a product, etc.)
  • Successfully launched a non-SaaS enterprise software product, hands-on experience with go-to-market from strategy to execution
  • Demonstrable understanding of enterprise software procurement process and key stakeholders’ involvement
  • Technical aptitude to appreciate and communicate business value of machine learning technology
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, comfortable with presentation to both internal stakeholders and external clients
  • Excellent people and management skills to interact with cross-functional teams and external third parties: a great team player!
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical abilities that allow you to dissect projects into manageable tasks and assess trade-offs
  • Ability to work on a team with a diverse range of people in a rapidly changing and cross-functional work environment

Nice to have:

  • Post-graduate education in a technical or business field
  • Familiarity with AI, machine learning, or deep learning products such as Google ML Engine, AWS Sagemaker, Microsoft Azure ML Services etc.
  • Experience with building data-related products and/or projects

What’s in it for you?

  • Work with purpose: contribute to deploying machine learning products that drive real business impact across industry verticals
  • Opportunity to work with leading machine learning experts on cutting-edge problems
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with a variety of industry decision-makers, subject-matter experts, software developers, and machine learning specialists
  • Split time between your work duties and pursuing personal machine learning passion projects with mentoring from our machine learning experts
  • Participate in feats of strength and lively company events that build your career toolkit while also enjoying a work-life balance
  • Enjoy a comfortable company work environment located in downtown Toronto that encourages self-expression, creativity, honesty, and learning
  • Amazing quality of life benefits: healthy snacks, gym memberships, travel accommodations, great health benefits, and more!
  • Stock options possible after you have proven your impact on the job
  • As needed: sponsorship for work visas

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



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Machine Learning

Machine Learning Engineer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Who are we?

Dessa is a technology company transforming the way enterprises work with AI around the world. Based in Toronto, Dessa collaborates with enterprise teams across industries to design, build and deploy customized AI solutions that reinvent what’s possible for business. The company has a diverse and growing team of technical and business experts in applied AI, including Alex Krizhevsky, Dessa’s Technical Advisor and one of the field’s top contributors. Dessa’s creation of enterprise AI solutions is powered by our end-to-end platform, Foundations.

We are also a trusted player in the AI community, and have partnerships with industry leaders including NVIDIA, the Vector Institute, and Amazon Web Services. In 2017, we were named AI Company of the Year by the DFI Institute, and we received $9 million in Series A funding. Until the summer of 2018, the company was known as DeepLearni.ng.

We are looking for a Machine Learning Engineer who is passionate about creating solutions with massive impact, solving challenging real-world problems, and working in unexplored areas, continuous improvement and Agile development. Applied machine learning experience in driving business value from large datasets in Enterprise environments is a must.

Working with a diverse range of clients across industry verticals, you will have the opportunity to become a leading expert in delivering transformative machine learning solutions to industry that deliver real-world results. As part of a vibrant and growing team, you will be at the frontier of the AI revolution.

What will you do?

  • Take charge and manage important state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning projects with billions of data points from day one
  • Collaborate with enterprise clients to customize machine learning solutions for their distinct business requirements
  • Design and develop different machine learning systems, insights, and algorithms, and then prototype, deploy to production, and test them to ensure all client’s business needs are covered
  • Manage overall software implementation lifecycles of projects, ensuring compliance with existing and future enterprise implementation standards
  • Facilitate the deployment and configuration of Dessa's software applications
  • Support the deployment team’s preparation of work plans, milestones, resource needs according to Dessa's standard methods and practices
  • Communicate ideas, updates, capabilities, and workflows to various business stakeholders as well as your fellow Dessa team members

What do you need to succeed?

Must have:

  • 3+ years of applied machine learning experience working with live datasets in Enterprise-level environments solving real-world problems using different approaches and techniques
  • Experience leading teams in deploying machine learning projects in enterprises
  • Proven prior experience working with very large datasets and live production systems where your ML solutions have made a real impact with measurable implications
  • An Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, or similar graduate degree
  • Effective client-focused communication skills and comfort in interacting with diverse technical and business stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven hands-on experience with Python Machine Learning libraries, such as TensorFlow, and PyTorch, distributed computing frameworks such as Spark, and NoSQL databases such as Cassandra and MongoDB
  • Demonstrable understanding of and passion for statistics, probability theory, and data modeling, with a penchant for great algorithm design and strong CS fundamentals
  • Ability to work on a diverse team or with a diverse range of people, and in a rapidly changing multi-disciplinary work environment

Nice to have:

  • Demonstrable understanding of deep learning
  • Experience with semi-supervised, reinforcement learning, active learning, or natural language processing (NLP)
  • Experience implementing high-performance Service Oriented Architectures
  • Expertise with Docker or Kubernetes
  • Contributions to open-source or personal projects, combined with an active voice on the AI/ML/DL scene such as record of published research papers, involvement at conferences/meetups/online teaching, etc.
  • Experience working in one or more of the following sectors: banking, insurance, telecommunications

What’s in it for you?

  • Work with purpose: contribute to deploying machine learning products that drive real business impact across industry verticals
  • Opportunity to work with leading machine learning experts on cutting-edge problems
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with a variety of industry decision-makers, subject-matter experts, software developers, and machine learning specialists
  • Split time between your work duties and pursuing personal machine learning passion projects with mentoring from our machine learning experts
  • Participate in feats of strength and lively company events that build your career toolkit while also enjoying a work-life balance
  • Enjoy a comfortable company work environment located in downtown Toronto that encourages self-expression, creativity, honesty, and learning
  • Amazing quality of life benefits: healthy snacks, gym memberships, travel accommodations, great health benefits, and more!
  • Stock options possible after you have proven your impact on the job
  • As needed: sponsorship for work visas

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Who are we?

Dessa is a technology company transforming the way enterprises work with AI around the world. Based in Toronto, Dessa collaborates with enterprise teams across industries to design, build and deploy customized AI solutions that reinvent what’s possible for business. The company has a diverse and growing team of technical and business experts in applied AI, including Alex Krizhevsky, Dessa’s Technical Advisor and one of the field’s top contributors. Dessa’s creation of enterprise AI solutions is powered by our end-to-end platform, Foundations.

We are also a trusted player in the AI community, and have partnerships with industry leaders including NVIDIA, the Vector Institute, and Amazon Web Services. In 2017, we were named AI Company of the Year by the DFI Institute, and we received $9 million in Series A funding. Until the summer of 2018, the company was known as DeepLearni.ng.

We are looking for a Senior Machine Learning Engineer who is passionate about creating solutions with massive impact, solving challenging real-world problems, and working in unexplored areas, continuous improvement and Agile development. Applied machine learning experience in driving business value from large datasets in Enterprise environments is a must.

Working with a diverse range of clients across industry verticals, you will have the opportunity to become a leading expert in delivering transformative machine learning solutions to industry that deliver real-world results. As part of a vibrant and growing team, you will be at the frontier of the AI revolution.

What will you do?

  • Take charge and manage important state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning projects with billions of data points from day one
  • Collaborate with enterprise clients to customize machine learning solutions for their distinct business requirements
  • Design and develop different machine learning systems, insights, and algorithms, and then prototype, deploy to production, and test them to ensure all client’s business needs are covered
  • Manage overall software implementation lifecycles of projects, ensuring compliance with existing and future enterprise implementation standards
  • Facilitate the deployment and configuration of Dessa software applications
  • Support the deployment team’s preparation of work plans, milestones, resource needs according to Dessa’s standard methods and practices
  • Mentor junior machine learning engineers in developing their skills and knowledge
  • Communicate ideas, updates, capabilities, and workflows to various business stakeholders as well as your fellow Dessa team members

What do you need to succeed?

Must have:

  • 2 years with deep learning applied in industry or 3-5 years of traditional machine learning experience in industry working with live datasets in Enterprise-level environments solving real-world problems
  • Experience leading teams in deploying machine learning projects in enterprises
  • Proven prior experience working with very large datasets and live production systems where your ML solutions have made a real impact with measurable implications
  • An Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, or similar graduate degree
  • Effective client-focused communication skills and comfort in interacting with diverse technical and business stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven hands-on experience with Python Machine Learning libraries, such as TensorFlow, and PyTorch, distributed computing frameworks such as Spark, and NoSQL databases such as Cassandra and MongoDB
  • Demonstrable understanding of and passion for statistics, probability theory, and data modeling, with a penchant for great algorithm design and strong CS fundamentals
  • Ability to work on a diverse team or with a diverse range of people, and in a rapidly changing multi-disciplinary work environment

Nice to have:

  • Demonstrable understanding of deep learning
  • Experience with semi-supervised, reinforcement learning, active learning, or natural language processing (NLP)
  • Experience implementing high-performance Service Oriented Architectures
  • Expertise with Docker or Kubernetes
  • Contributions to open-source or personal projects, combined with an active voice on the AI/ML/DL scene such as record of published research papers, involvement at conferences/meetups/online teaching, etc.
  • Experience working in one or more of the following sectors: banking, insurance, telecommunications

What’s in it for you?

  • Work with purpose: contribute to deploying machine learning products that drive real business impact across industry verticals
  • Opportunity to work with leading machine learning experts on cutting-edge problems
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with a variety of industry decision-makers, subject-matter experts, software developers, and machine learning specialists
  • Split time between your work duties and pursuing personal machine learning passion projects with mentoring from our machine learning experts
  • Participate in feats of strength and lively company events that build your career toolkit while also enjoying a work-life balance
  • Enjoy a comfortable company work environment located in downtown Toronto that encourages self-expression, creativity, honesty, and learning
  • Amazing quality of life benefits: healthy snacks, gym memberships, travel accommodations, great health benefits, and more!
  • Stock options possible after you have proven your impact on the job
  • As needed: sponsorship for work visas

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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