Founding Data Scientist, Special Projects

San Mateo, California

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About VerkadaAt Verkada, we rethink what it means to be physically safe. We build disruptive, out-of-the-box, security solutions that detect action, identify danger, and keep people and places safe. Using a combination of software and hardware, we’re transforming a space that has seen little innovation for decades. Today we support thousands of customers and we are only getting started. We envision a world in which security systems feel as seamless and modern as the organizations they protect.
You are:* a smart individual determined to make an impact* someone who wants to make AI practical* an engineer who prefers a simple algorithm that delivers 80% to a complex one that delivers 82%
Your focus will be the "brain" of our self-learning CRM system, inspired by research in RL and NLP. You need to understand the core ideas in learning, statistics and optimization to be successful at the job.
Our backend stack is a set of multi-threaded python (Flask and Django) apps hosted on GCP and AWS that talk to Postgres, BigQuery and various SaaS APIs. The front end is in plain JS.
You need to have a founder mentality and ability to reduce complex problems to simple practical solutions. First-principles thinkers from Stanford, Princeton and MIT around you will support (and challenge!) you along the way.

Base Qualifications

  • raw smarts
  • 2+ years of work experience with backend (python/go)
  • 2+ years of practical data science (sklearn or equivalent)
  • Experience with NLP/RL is a plus


  • Build and own data pipelines for unstructured data streams
  • Develop and deploy models to production
  • Define the DS roadmap
About Our TeamBehind the scenes, we’re a team of computer scientists, hardware engineers and experienced founders who saw a chance to make a real impact. We’re united by the challenge of building beautiful products, designed for real people—and by our commitment to using technology responsibly. We believe keeping data private and secure is core to our safety as individuals, businesses and communities and we put great care into building systems that embody our values as people. Likewise, many of Silicon Valley’s top investors believe in us: we’re backed by Sequoia Capital, FirstRound, Meritech and Siemens (Next47). 
Verkada is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.
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