Machine Learning Engineering Lead

What's the opportunity?

We’re looking for an enthusiastic senior software developer who’s excited by the opportunity of being at the forefront of machine learning technology and working on extremely challenging problems.

As a Machine Learning Engineering Lead, you’ll be responsible for owning and delivering a project end to end – everything from data pre-processing to implementing machine learning algorithms and front-end development. You’ll be directly managing a team of machine learning engineers, responsible for strategic planning, execution and delivery of Machine Learning solutions.  You will provide your team with technical leadership and mentorship. You will work along other engineering  leads across Borealis AI. As a people manager you will be responsible for growing your team and fostering career growth of the engineers.

At Borealis AI, you’ll be joining a team that works directly with leading researchers in machine learning, has access to rich and massive datasets, and offers the computational resources to support ongoing development in areas such as reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning and computer vision. You can find out more about our research areas at

Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead the design, implementation and deployment of successful ML systems;
  • Directly manage a team of engineers, being responsible for planning execution and delivery of features and ML systems;
  • Establish high standards and share knowledge in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering best practices;
  • Establish and maintain collaboration with research and business teams to converge on the best solutions;
  • Extending prototypes into fully functional, polished solutions ready for internal and/or external use;
  • Supporting projects with thorough documentation of usage, design decisions and capabilities.

You’re our ideal candidate if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or equivalent. A master’s or PhD in an AI sub-field, with knowledge of machine learning algorithms, is an asset;
  • Have 7+ years’ industry experience;
  • Have experience of managing a team of engineers;
  • Experience with different data stores (RDBMS, NoSQL, Big Data) and data processing technologies (e.g. Spark);
  • Have experience with writing modular, robust, scalable software in one of the modern languages such as C++, C#, Java, Python;
  • Have knowledge of professional software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle, including testing methods, coding standards, code reviews and source control management;
  • Experience with scaling and performance of large systems;
  • Have led the full lifecycle of software product development including the successful deployment of products to production;
  • Experience in working with business, product and other technical teams;
  • Experience taking a leading role in building complex software products, fostering career growth of software engineers, and establishing software engineering best practices within your team.

What’s in it for you?

  • Become part of a team that thinks progressively and works collaboratively. We care about seeing each other reach full potential;
  • A comprehensive Total Rewards Program including bonuses and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, commissions, and stock options where applicable;
  • Leaders who support your development through coaching and managing opportunities;
  • Ability to make a difference and lasting impact from a local-to-global scale.

How to apply:

Please email your resume, Google Scholar (or equivalent), or GitHub (or equivalent) portfolio to and include where you heard about this opportunity.

About Borealis AI

Borealis AI, a RBC Institute for Research, is a curiosity-driven research centre dedicated to achieving state-of-the-art in machine learning. Established in 2016, and with labs in Toronto, Montreal, Waterloo and Vancouver, we support academic collaborations and partner with world-class research centres in artificial intelligence. With a focus on ethical AI that will help communities thrive, our machine learning scientists perform fundamental and applied research in areas such as reinforcement learning, natural language processing, deep learning, and unsupervised learning to solve ground-breaking problems in diverse fields.

Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Employment

RBC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, Aboriginal/Native American status or any other legally-protected factors. Disability-related accommodations during the application process are available upon request.

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