Software Engineer - AI/ML



Software Engineering, Data Science
San Francisco, CA, USA · Montreal, QC, Canada · Remote
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2023

Our vision is to build the next generation platform to enable easy and fast creation of audio and video content powered by cutting-edge AI. Building a revolutionary way to record, transcribe, edit and mix spoken audio and video comes with a series of unique challenges and requires solving hard and complex problems. As Descript continues to grow, with generative AI at the heart of our mission to empower our users, we are actively seeking a Senior AI Platform Engineer.
This pivotal role involves deploying and optimizing our cutting-edge AI models for audio and video content creation. The ideal candidate for this role has extensive experience building infrastructure to efficiently train and deploy state of the art models, improving performance of model training and inference, strong low-level understanding of GPU workloads, and thrives in a fast moving, high-ownership environment.

What You’ll Do

  • Design, implement, and maintain our AI infrastructure supporting our machine learning life cycle, including data ingestion, training, evaluation, and deployment.
  • Collaborate with Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists to understand their infrastructure needs and ensure our AI systems are robust, scalable, and efficient.
  • Work on optimizing and scaling of our models and algorithms for efficient inference.
  • Deploy, monitor, and manage AI models in production.
  • Implement rigorous security protocols to protect sensitive data and prevent abuse.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive product requirements and improve our AI platform.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies, and be ready to present potential use cases to the team.

What You Bring

  • Experience in deploying and managing AI models in production.
  • Knowledge of Python, C/C++, CUDA, and experience profiling GPU performance and distributed training runs.
  • Experience with machine learning frameworks like PyTorch, TensorFlow or similar.
  • Familiarity with cloud platforms (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure) and container technologies (Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and excellent communication skills.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with generative AI models.
  • Familiarity with audio and video processing.
  • Knowledge of DevOps best practices.

The base salary range for this role is $160,000- $215,000/year. Final offer amounts will carefully consider multiple factors, including prior experience, expertise, location, and may vary from the amount above.

About Descript

Descript is building a simple, intuitive, fully-powered editing tool for video and audio — an editing tool built for the age of AI. We are a team of 100 — with a proven CEO and the backing of some of the world's greatest investors (OpenAI, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures, Spark Capital).

Descript is the special company that's in possession of both product market fit and the raw materials (passionate user community, great product, large market) for growth, but is still early enough that each new employee has a measurable influence on the direction of the company.

Benefits include a generous healthcare package, catered lunches, and flexible vacation time. We currently have offices in San Francisco and Montreal, and are open to folks working remotely between PT and ET time zones. Whether you love WFH or can’t wait to get back to being in person, we're interested in offering an environment that works for you.

Descript is an equal opportunity workplace—we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We believe in actively building a team rich in diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions to better allow our employees, products, and community to thrive.