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Machine Learning Engineer / Data Scientist

| Greater LA Area
At Kensho, we hire talented people and give them the autonomy and support needed to build amazing technology and products. To do this, we look for people who insist on a bias towards action to minimize unhelpful hierarchy and process. We collaborate using our teammates' diverse perspectives to solve hard problems. Our communication with one another is open, honest and efficient. We dedicate time and resources to explore new ideas and, as a result, we produce technology that is scalable, robust, and useful.
Kensho is looking for extremely talented ML scientists to execute critical R&D projects on one of the largest financial datasets in the world. Working in a highly collaborative environment, you will produce data driven products to empower decision making at all levels of the global banking and financial industries. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience applying a range of machine learning models to a diverse set of problems.

What You'll Do

  • Conduct original research on both proprietary and open source data sets
  • Rapidly prototype and implement predictive models
  • Write production-ready Python code, including tests to ensure robustness and reliability
  • Collaborate with a wide array of groups across engineering, product, and business to ensure maximal impact of solutions

What We Look For

  • Machine learning experience at a top technology company
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or a related discipline
  • At least one core programming expertise, such as Python, MATLAB, or R
  • Experience with advanced machine learning methods and technologies such as Tensorflow/PyTorch, XGBoost/LightGBM, numpy/scipy/pandas/scikit-learn
  • Statistically rigorous approaches to model evaluation and experiments
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Effective coding and documentation habits, including GitHub and experience in one or more IDEs/editors
  • Several of the following terms should hold deep meaning for you: lookahead bias, attention, bagging, boosting, MAP, stacking, residuals, normalization, CNN, LSTM, KL-divergence, data augmentation, sparsity, bootstrapping, HMM, TD(Lambda), information retrieval, vanishing gradients

How to Really Get Our Attention

  • PhD from a top university
  • Proven record for publishing original research
  • Your github/kaggle account showing practical, entrepreneurial initiative


  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% premium covered
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Paid parental leave
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Free gym membership
  • Free snacks and drinks
  • Ocean views

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

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Our office has ocean views and is only a 10 min drive from Santa Monica & Venice.

An Insider's view of Kensho Technologies

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

When I told Kensho I was expecting my first child, the CEO called to congratulate me and encourage me to take the full 28 weeks off. Two months before the birth, Kensho promoted me to a new role with more responsibility.

Whitney Melford

Product Manager

What are Kensho Technologies Perks + Benefits

Kensho Technologies Benefits Overview

At Kensho you are a human first, and an employee second.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Kensho's Flexible Spending Account (FSA) helps employees cover out-of-pocket medical expenses with pre-tax contributions of up to $2,650 annually for the employee, and $5,000 for dependents.
Dental Benefits
Dental insurance premiums are 100% covered by Kensho
Vision Benefits
Vision premiums are 100% covered by Kensho
Health Insurance Benefits
Health insurance premiums are 100% covered by Kensho
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Kensho covers the cost of membership.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Kensho's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 6% of their annual base salary, with immediate vesting for matched contributions
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Kensho's performance bonus plan includes both cash and equity rewards.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kensho offers up to 18 weeks of paid parental leave.
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Kensho's unlimited paid vacation policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Kensho allows pre-tax deductions for metro passes and parking expenses. We also offer all employees a $50 / month stipend for commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Kensho covers parking expenses for LA employees.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Kensho offers $20,000 of tuition assistance annually for courses relevant to your role
Diversity Program