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Principal NLP Engineer

SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems

Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2023

The third era of AI has arrived, powered by Generative AI. Generative AI is achieving step-function increases in scale, versatility, and accuracy compared to legacy AI technologies, presenting an opportunity for organizations to fundamentally transform their business and operations.

SambaNova Suite™ is enabling organizations and enterprises to achieve the transformative promise of these new AI technologies with a fully integrated hardware-software system that delivers innovation across the full AI stack, including the most accurate generative AI models, optimized for enterprise and government. This creates the AI backbone for the next 10 years and beyond.

Working at SambaNova

This role presents a unique opportunity to shape the future of AI and the value it can unlock across every aspect of an organization’s business and operations, including innovating from strategic product pathfinding to large-scale production. We are excited to have talents on board, pushing towards democratizing the modern NLP capability in real-world use cases.


SambaNova is hiring a Principal NLP Engineer for the Applied Machine Learning (ML) team.

  • Design and implement large-scale data pipelines that feed billions of high-quality tokens into LLMs.
  • Continuously improve SambaNova’s LLM by exploring new ideas, including but not limited to new modeling techniques, prompt engineering, instruction tuning, and alignment.
  • Curate and crawl the necessary dataset to induce domain specificity.
  • Collaborate with product management and executive teams to develop a roadmap for continuous improvement of LLM and incorporate new capabilities.
  • Work closely with the product team and our customers to translate product requirements into requisite LLM capabilities.
  • Expand LLM capabilities into new languages and domains.
  • Develop applications on top of LLMs including but not limited to semantic search, summarization, conversational agents, etc.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering or science fields
  • 5-10 years of hands-on engineering experience in machine learning

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience with one or more deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe2, or Theano
  • A deep theoretical or empirical understanding of deep learning
  • Experience building and deploying machine learning models
  • Strong analytical and debugging skills
  • Experience with either one of Large Language Models, Multilingual Models, Semantic Search, Summarization, Data Pipelines, Domain Adaptation (finance, legal, or bio-medical), and conversational agents.
  • Experience in leading small teams.
  • Experience in Python and/or C++.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a high-growth startup
  • A team player who demonstrates humility
  • Action-oriented with a focus on speed & results
  • Ability to thrive in a no-boundaries culture & make an impact on innovation

Annual Salary Range and Level

The base salary for this position ranges from $140,000/year up to $210,000/year. This range is based on role, level, and location and reflects the salary target for new hires in the US. Individual pay within the range will depend on a number of factors, including a candidate’s job-related qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location.

Benefits Summary

SambaNova offers a competitive total rewards package, including the base salary, plus equity and benefits. We cover 95% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, and 80% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with employer contribution. We also offer Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life, and AD&D insurance plans in addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) options like Health Care, Limited Purpose, and Dependent Care. Our library of well-being benefits includes a full subscription to Headspace, access to One Medical, counseling services with an Employee Assistance Program, and much more.



Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at SambaNova Systems you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified.

If you are a new, recent (within the last two years), or upcoming college graduate and are interested in opportunities with SambaNova Systems, please apply through our University job listings.

EEO Policy

SambaNova Systems is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Customers turn to SambaNova to quickly deploy state-of-the-art AI capabilities to meet the demands of the AI-enabled world. Our purpose-built enterprise-scale AI platform is the technology backbone for the next generation of AI computing. We enable customers to unlock the valuable business insights trapped in their data. Our flagship offering, SambaNova Suite™, provides the most accurate generative AI models, optimized for enterprise and government organizations, deployed on-premises or in the cloud, and adapted with an organization’s data for greater accuracy