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Senior ML Engineer



Software Engineering, Data Science
Posted on Monday, May 6, 2024
About the role
​As a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Apheris, you will build our Federated Machine Learning and Analytics Platform – a platform to help fellow Machine Learning (ML) engineers like you to make running Federated Machine Learning easy, secure and governable. You will be in charge of discovering, designing and implementing components to the platform to manage MLmodels throughout their full lifecycle. With our team of best-in-class software engineers and data scientists, you will be working on challenging deep tech topics and design a product that serves the needs of our high-profile customers from various industries. Leveraging your expertise, you will be co-responsible for meeting our product goals. We empower you to be a major contributor to the success of our product and thereby strongly influence how organizations securely collaborate on data science and AI across boundaries.

The product:
The Apheris Platform is an end-to-end platform for Data Scientists and AI engineers to collaboratively build, deploy and operationalize ML and analytics in a federated and privacy-preserving way. We are empowering organizations to build collaborative data ecosystems and operationalize machine learning and analytics across organizational boundaries. Our high-profile enterprise customers are early adopters and have the highest requirements for security and IP protection. We apply our technology and services to some of the world’s most impactful use cases that deal with very sensitive and valuable data. In the role of Senior ML Engineer, you will genuinely impact the way the world securely collaborates on AI and interacts with data.
What you will do
  • Build and implement ML infrastructure that allows our users to launch large scale models on distributed data
  • Design and develop our product to work well with state-of-the art ML tooling and platforms by leveraging your experience with these
  • Deeply understand our users (ML Engineers) to design a scalable product such that it empowers their full end-to-end lifecycle on our federated ML Platform
  • Determine which tools and platforms we need to integrate or interface with to help our users train large scale ML models via a federated infrastructure
  • Bring world-class experience and expertise in MLOps technology, concepts and tools to our team
  • Research and implement/integrate ML and MLOps tools, frameworks and platforms to enhance our Apheris Platform
  • Work as part of our agile software development team designing and implementing the Apheris Product
You should apply if
  • 7+ years of relevant working experience, or a Bachelor / Master / PhD in Computer Science or related fields (e.g., Physics, Mathematics, Engineering) and 5+ years of relevant working experience
  • Expert understanding of putting ML and AI into practice. Hands-on experience in production-grade, large-scale ML model development and operationalization
  • Real industry experience in operationalization of ML, from using open source frameworks (e.g., MLflow, Kubeflow) to managed services / cloud provider offerings (e.g. AWS Sagemaker, Google AI Platform, Azure Machine Learning, Databricks, DataRobot, …) to specific on-prem solutions (e.g., Dkube)
  • Deep understanding of the full lifecycle of an ML solution and how it can fit in a business process to make real impact
  • Deep expertise of how different tools in the ML/MLOps space can be leveraged together to build a best-in-class ML infrastructure, and the market/tooling trends related to that
  • Strong experience in Python coding, used both for ML and automation tasks. Further programming languages are a plus (e.g., R, Go, Rust, JavaScript)
  • Experience with cloud technologies and providers (preferably AWS) with a focus on security, scalability and maintainability
  • Experience in developing enterprise-grade ML-enabled products
  • Passionate about continuous learning, demonstrated agility in quickly adopting and mastering new technologies
  • Excellent communicator: you are fluent in English (verbal and written) and communicate in a constructive and proactive manner
  • You are confident to take ownership of a problem, gather ideas to solve it and convey your approach efficiently
  • You have genuine interest in working with cutting-edge technology in a fast-paced environment and a young start-up
Bonus points if
  • Experience with multiple cloud providers (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack) and on-premise setups (e.g., locally hosted Kubernetes)
  • Experience with Git, Git flow concepts, as well as DevOps with built-in security, infrastructure-as-code and CI/CD
  • Solid understanding of IT Security (e.g., OWASP)
  • Experience working as part of an agile product development team
What we offer you
  • Industry-competitive compensation
  • Early-stage equity
  • Remote-first working – work where you work best, whether from home, a co-working space near you.
  • The right hardware to make you efficient – be it a laptop with Linux, Windows or a MacBook
  • Great suite of benefits including a wellbeing budget, mental health benefits, a work from home budget, a co-working stipend and a learning and development budget.
  • Regular team lunches and social events
  • Generous holiday allowance (location-dependent)
  • Quarterly All Hands meet-up (usually at our Berlin HQ should you choose to join in)
  • A diverse team of mission-driven individuals with a drive to see AI and ML used for good
  • Plenty of room to grow personally and professionally and shape your own role
  • A fun and diverse team of smart and driven people

Here’s a bit more about our culture and ambitions at Apheris!
About Apheris
Finding solutions to the planet’s most urgent problems requires organizations to collaborate. But the data and insights needed to solve these challenges are locked away in businesses, unable to be centralized or directly shared for collaboration with customers and partners.
Apheris is pioneering a new way for organizations to securely collaborate on even the most sensitive data across organizational and geographical boundaries. By unlocking value from sensitive data, Apheris is accelerating discovery and innovation, driving operational efficiency, and reducing risk and carbon impact for our customers and their partners.
Apheris was founded in 2019 after our co-founders built data applications that couldn't be used as data was distributed across departments and couldn’t be shared or centralized as a result of regulation. From this they got thinking: what if the data didn’t have to move and instead the computation was sent to the data? Fast-forward to today, Apheris is a platform that empowers businesses to run advanced analytics and machine learning models across organizational and geographical borders in a way that’s secure, private, and governed. By powering their data infrastructure with federated ML and analytics, they are able to build and operationalize data applications in ways previously not possible.
At Apheris, we’re unified by our mission and the positive impact we can have. We’re excited by the potential we can bring with our federated approach and are looking for the next addition to our marketing team to join us in realizing our mission.
Our interview process is split into three phases:
  1. Initial Screening: If your application matches our requirements, we invite you to an initial video call to explore the fit. In this 30-45 minutes interview, you will get to know us and the role. The interviewer will be interested in your relevant experiences and skills, as well as answer any question on the company and the role itself that you may have.
  2. Deep Dive: In this phase, a domain expert from our team will assess your skills and knowledge required for the role by asking you about meaningful experiences or your solutions for specific scenarios in line with the role we are staffing.
  3. Final Interview: Finally, we invite you for up to three hours of targeted sessions with our founders, talking about our culture and meeting future co-workers on the ground.