Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Owkin is hiring!


Owkin is a French-American startup that uses AI and machine learning to augment medical and biology research. Its proprietary platform, Owkin Socrates, uses machine learning technology to integrate biomedical images, genomics and clinical data to discover biomarkers and mechanisms associated with diseases and treatment outcomes. The company develops scientific collaborations with top-tier medical institutions and partners with leading pharmaceutical companies. Owkin has developed a state-of-the-art federated learning technology in healthcare to overcome the sharing problems associated with medical data, building collective intelligence from distributed data at scale while preserving privacy and security.

Our data scientists are among the best in the world, with several Kaggle Masters, DREAM Challenge top performers, and publications in ICML, NIPS and other top scientific journals. Owkin is backed by renowned investors — such as F-Prime Capital & Eight Roads Ventures, Google Ventures, Otium Ventures, Cathay Innovation, and NJF Capital — as well as a distinguished scientific board. To build this vision, Owkin is growing rapidly, with offices located in the USA, France, UK and Switzerland. We have free drinks and fruits, nerf guns, foosball and other goodies essential to the smooth running of a startup!

Job Description


We are looking for a passionate and motivated senior machine learning engineer to work with our research team.

The Machine Learning Engineer is an intermediate between pure Data Science and pure Development, as outlined by the following diagram: its role is to understand and implement Machine Learning algorithms and implement them at a production level.

In this position, you will be responsible for the development of machine learning algorithms, internal libraries and tools as well as working with our product teams to translate these creations into production. The successful candidate must have a cross-discipline background in machine learning and software engineering, and have a passion for tackling large and challenging real-world problems in the field of medical science.

The position is located in OWKIN Lab, our Paris-based R&D center. As such, the candidate must possess authorization to work legally in France. Candidates not meeting every criteria, but who can demonstrate exceptional skill in key areas, are invited to apply.

Preferred Experience


  • PhD, Masters degree or BS, in applied mathematics, computer science, software engineering or an associated field
  • 2+ years of industry experience with a Masters degree or 5+ years with a BS
  • Python development expertise
  • Experience in production environments: Documentation / Specification, Unit tests, Deployment, Code optimisation
  • Knowledge and familiarity of machine learning fundamentals, from linear models to convolutional networks. A good grasp of concepts such as bias-variance tradeoff, under/overfitting, curse of dimensionality etc.
  • Proficiency with Machine Learning and Deep Learning frameworks (Tensorflow, PyTorch, etc.)
  • Development experience in Linux/Unix-like environments
  • Authorization to work legally in France


  • Participation in data science projects.
  • Contribution to publications at machine learning conferences and journals (NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, etc.)
  • Knowledge of applied mathematics concepts (signal & image processing, statistics, etc…)
  • Experience with cloud computing services such as GCP, AWS, Azure, etc.
  • Proficiency with container-based deployments: Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
  • Experience developing solutions for distributed computation
  • Experience with system languages (C/C++) or scientific computing languages (Julia, R, etc.)
  • Experience with CUDA in C/C++
  • Contributions to open-source projects


  • ...enjoy working in a small, passionate team where your contributions will have a direct impact.
  • ...value process, standards, communication, and code quality.
  • ...want to help build never-before-seen technologies.


  • Competitive remuneration
  • International and High-profile team
  • The whole startup package: regular activities, nerf guns, onsite events...
  • Very convenient work atmosphere and access to premium computing hardware

Recruitment Process

The process involves an onsite technical interview as well as a machine learning homework

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full-Time
  • Start Date: 06 January 2020
  • Location: Paris, France (75010)