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Founding Engineer: High-Performing Systems Architecture

Atman Labs

Atman Labs

London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

About Atman Labs
At Atman Labs we are building software to emulate proactive human expertise. Emulating true human intelligence and interaction with deep knowledge and proactive assistance has largely been impossible to do via standalone Artificial Intelligence techniques. Our unique research lies at the intersection of custom Reinforcement Learning environments, Large Scale Knowledge Representation, and Knowledge Presentation, is inspired by biological priors, and will be evolved and compounded with commercial application. As an applied research and commercialization company, we are deploying our platform in products across a number of commercial domains to demonstrate the value of our approach – starting with building proactive shopping concierges for e-commerce, to eventually launching products across travel, healthcare, education and more.

The Next Frontier of Systems Engineering: Building the Infrastructure to Power Large-Scale Human Interaction with Benevolent AGI
We are hiring for a member of technical staff responsible for advancing the state of the art in systems engineering as it relates to proactive agent interactions with humans. You will be responsible for building the storage, data, and API infrastructure that allows us to store and retrieve web scale knowledge, as well as the enabling infrastructure for AI subsystems and data services to be deployed and talk to each other in a performant, cost effective and computationally efficient way.

You will own systems that store petabytes of documents, embeddings, and graphs, and run inference and predictions across different services all in a traceable manner, preserving reliability and maintaining sanity on cost. You will work with our research team to build systems that can facilitate rapid experimentation across disparate AI systems creating a platform that supports both customer and internal-facing products. You should be deeply motivated by marrying the challenges of systems engineering in AI, which pushes the frontiers of data storage, movement, and API infrastructure for AI-native applications.

About You
We are looking for ambitious and independent thinkers who have a deep desire to contribute and want to be part of the team that makes this a reality for humanity. You should have all of these qualities:

  • You have a computer science background and proven experience in building and maintaining large scale distributed systems.

  • You’ve compiled a Linux kernel or two in your time, and are passionate and experienced about distributed file systems, databases, and distributed logging. You are obsessed with 100% reliability.

  • You have strong software engineering skills in Python and ANSI C, and your ingenuity can drive cost saving and smart usage of storage and bandwidth as we scale. You will be our rock.

  • You are intimately familiar with the AWS console (and others like Azure and GCP).

  • You are capable of reasoning from first-principles, where there is no trodden path, as well as critically evaluate when existing ideas are worth considering.

  • You are equally capable as a software engineer as you are in formulating novel design ideas and your code proves it.

  • You are articulate and can present your ideas in writing, in person, and in small groups, and are able to educate audiences at all levels on the novel applications and relevance of reinforcement learning.

  • You can easily distinguish authentic and high integrity thinkers from ‘posers’, while also critically evaluating truth from fiction in your own work.

  • Your colleagues consider you a highly positive personality, you amplify the energy of others rather than dampen the mood.

  • Your intensity goes from 0 to 1000 when you become authentically interested in a topic.

  • You not only have interests in reinforcement learning, but are deeply curious about a range of interdisciplinary topics, ranging from knowledge graphs, recommendations, web-scale search, deep learning, generative AI models, computer vision and the opportunity to build truly intelligent systems in software that are inspired by biology.

  • You can show high creativity and intensity in your personal pursuits, and your intelligence, creativity, and motivation is not limited to only one discipline.

  • You consider yourself an innovator and an original thinker, not a follower. You are looking for a way to contribute to the world, and want to join our team to do so.

  • You want to work in person in London. Don’t worry, we’ll sponsor your visa.