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Deep Learning Research Scientist, Dessa

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Company Description
Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams - People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more - provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.
Job Description
Dessa specializes in audacious deep learning moonshots at Block. We choose projects that are impactful and transformative, not projects that are incremental improvements over the status quo. We have a strong focus on open source and are committed to sharing our work. Our mission is to push the boundaries of what's possible with AI in order to benefit humanity.
We are seeking a Deep Learning Research Scientist who is passionate about expanding the limits of deep learning capabilities. As a Research Scientist at Dessa, you will create novel deep learning systems with the capability to perform tasks that were once considered unattainable. You will be fully remote and report into our Dessa AI Research Lead.
You Will:

  • Help design and develop novel generative AI systems within Block
  • Develop new ideas to improve existing deep learning systems
  • Advance the research agenda of the team by building deep learning systems
  • Create things that will be open to the world, allowing you to share your work with a global community through open source


Qualifications
You Have:

  • Minimum master's degree in Computer Science or other quantitative fields; or equivalent experience working in an AI research lab
  • Publications or a demo page to share that highlight a proven track record of exploratory research/work in the field of deep learning.
  • 5+ years of hands on deep learning experience
  • Strong background in deep learning theory and techniques, with hands-on experience in developing and training neural networks using frameworks such as PyTorch, JAX or TensorFlow
  • Experience writing performant code and implementing high-performance deep learning algorithms
  • Proficiency with Python
  • Experience utilizing theoretical and empirical research to solve problems


We are excited about individuals who have made notable contributions in the following areas:

  • LLMs
  • Audio/Image/Video generation
  • Multimodal models
  • Agents/RAGs
  • CUDA


Qualifications
You Have:

  • Minimum master's degree in Computer Science or other quantitative fields; or equivalent experience working in an AI research lab
  • Publications or a demo page to share that highlight a proven track record of exploratory research/work in the field of deep learning.
  • 5+ years of hands on deep learning experience
  • Strong background in deep learning theory and techniques, with hands-on experience in developing and training neural networks using frameworks such as PyTorch, JAX or TensorFlow
  • Experience writing performant code and implementing high-performance deep learning algorithms
  • Proficiency with Python
  • Experience utilizing theoretical and empirical research to solve problems


We are excited about individuals who have made notable contributions in the following areas:

  • LLMs
  • Audio/Image/Video generation
  • Multimodal models
  • Agents/RAGs
  • CUDA
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What are Block Perks + Benefits

Block Benefits Overview

At Block, we want to provide you with benefits, perks, and offerings that empower you to make choices for your life and what matters to you. We understand the importance of having quality care. So, whatever stage of life you’re in, we offer coverage and plans to support total health — physical, mental, and financial — for you and your family.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Wellness days
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Personal development training
Virtual coaching services
Apprenticeship programs

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