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Principal Engineer, Applied LLM

SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

The era of pervasive AI has arrived. In this era, organizations will use generative AI to unlock hidden value in their data, accelerate processes, reduce costs, drive efficiency and innovation to fundamentally transform their businesses and operations at scale.

SambaNova Suite™ is the first full-stack, generative AI platform, from chip to model, optimized for enterprise and government organizations. Powered by the intelligent SN40L chip, the SambaNova Suite is a fully integrated platform, delivered on-premises or in the cloud, combined with state-of-the-art open-source models that can be easily and securely fine-tuned using customer data for greater accuracy. Once adapted with customer data, customers retain model ownership in perpetuity, so they can turn generative AI into one of their most valuable assets.

The Opportunity

Join SambaNova Systems and be at the forefront of AI innovation. As a Senior Applied NLP Engineer, you will lead efforts to integrate advanced AI into diverse industries, from enterprise to government sectors. This role is for visionaries eager to make a profound impact by transforming how AI technologies are applied in real-world scenarios.

Working at SambaNova

At SambaNova, our dedication goes beyond merely innovating in AI technology; we actively bring these innovations into the real world each day. With your extensive experience, you will play a key role in crafting highly capable generative AI models and solutions, designed to meet the diverse needs of sectors ranging from enterprise to government.

Our culture thrives on creativity and advancement, and your expertise will be crucial in driving the progress of generative AI. We focus on delivering solutions that excel in accuracy, efficiency, safety, accessibility, and robustness for practical applications. As a senior member of our team, you will not only contribute to the evolution of generative AI capabilities but also significantly shape the future of Enterprise AI.


  • Lead projects leveraging Large Language Models (LLMs) to solve complex customer challenges.
  • Serve as a bridge between customer needs and technological capabilities, designing tailored AI solutions.
  • Integrate the latest AI research into SambaNova’s products, ensuring they remain at the industry's cutting edge.
  • Uphold superior software engineering standards, focusing on robust, efficient, and scalable AI solutions.
  • Advance the development of LLMs, specializing in domain adaptation to meet specific industry needs.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to innovate customer-centric LLM applications.
  • Mentor junior engineers and contribute to knowledge-sharing initiatives.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in AI, with a focus on natural language processing.
  • Proficient in Python, with a solid foundation in data structures, algorithms, and machine learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply research in AI and LLMs to practical applications.
  • Exceptional communication skills for diverse audiences, coupled with strong documentation skills.
  • Strategic problem-solving abilities and first-principle thinking.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven expertise in AI/NLP projects, demonstrating a capacity for innovative technical solutions and significant outcomes.
  • Solid experience in contributing to AI or NLP research or industry projects, showing a depth of technical knowledge and application.
  • Track record of publishing research in well-respected AI or NLP conferences, illustrating technical insights and contributions to the field.
  • History of meaningful participation in renowned open-source AI projects, reflecting a dedication to advancing the field of AI.
  • Capacity to drive technical and business impact, showcasing how advanced AI solutions can reshape industry practices and open new avenues.
  • Previous mentoring roles in AI/NLP projects.

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 generative AI capabilities within the enterprise. Our purpose-built enterprise-scale AI platform is the technology backbone for the next generation of AI computing.

Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, SambaNova Systems was founded in 2017 by industry luminaries, and hardware and software design experts from Sun/Oracle and Stanford University. Investors include SoftBank Vision Fund 2, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Intel Capital, GV, Walden International, Temasek, GIC, Redline Capital, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Celesta, and several others. Visit us at sambanova.ai. Follow SambaNova Systems on Linkedin.