Machine Learning Research Scientist

About Numenta:

At Numenta, we are at the forefront of developing powerful large language models (LLMs) that run efficiently on CPUs. We apply neuroscience principles to deep-learning systems, developing novel architectures and techniques to enable a greener future for AI. We are looking for an outstanding scientist to further our efforts in neuroscience inspired machine learning research.

Job Description:

As a Research Scientist you will be a core member of our machine learning models group, transforming innovative concepts into tangible products alongside other researchers and the product team. Prior neuroscience experience is not a requirement for this position, but you should believe that the best way to build truly intelligent machines is to leverage neuroscience-based principles. This is a full-time position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and implement new transformer-based architectures for efficient computations. 
  • Improve our neuroscience inspired machine learning algorithms. 
  • Test these algorithms on benchmarks.
  • Write publications and make presentations describing the algorithms.
  • Improve our LLM training codebase.
  • Participate in designing and optimizing our code framework for large-scale training.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in computer science, machine learning, theoretical neuroscience, or a related field, or equivalent experience in industry.
  • 2+ years research and/or work experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning fields, with proven experience of designing or training LLMs 
  • Excellent programming skills in Python, with hands-on experience with PyTorch in a production environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside the box, stay current with the leading edge of AI technology, create or extend novel ideas, and quickly prototype a proof of concept.
  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals of deep-learning architectures, including transformers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including some publications.
  • Excellent algorithmic and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Exposure to deep learning frameworks other than PyTorch.
  • Experience with optimizing deep-learning architectures for efficient training and/or inference (e.g. quantization, sparsity, distillation).
  • Experience with curating datasets for training large-language models.
  • Academic research experience studying machine learning or computational neuroscience. 
  • Working knowledge of Numenta’s papers and algorithms (e.g. sparse distributed representations or active dendrites).
  • Experience with cloud-based software development (preferably AWS).

What We Offer

  • A role at the forefront of the AI revolution with a company shaping the future of intelligent computing.
  • A high degree of autonomy and responsibility from the outset, with significant opportunities for professional growth.
  • The chance to work with a world-class team of scientists and engineers.
  • A vibrant startup culture that values innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

Job Location: Numenta is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in downtown Redwood City, a short walk from the Caltrain station. Most of our local team works two days in the office and three days remote. Fully remote work from other US locations or selected international locations is possible, but some travel to Numenta will be required.

Compensation: At Numenta, we offer a competitive salary reflective of the candidate’s expertise. Our compensation package includes full medical, dental, and vacation benefits. The base annual salary range for this position for candidates residing in the San Francisco Bay Area is $150,000 to $250,000; exact salary will depend on the candidate’s experience level, fit to the job description, and geographic location. We also include a competitive stock option package, ensuring a shared stake in our future success.

How To Apply

To apply please send your resume and a cover letter to  The cover letter must state your specific fit to Numenta’s technology and products, and the requirements above.

Numenta is an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

Join us at Numenta to help shape the future of AI. Apply today!