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Principal Engineer, Foundation LLM

SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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.

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 LLM capability in real-world use cases.


SambaNova is hiring a Principal Engineer for the Foundation LLM 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 $180,000/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 for US-Based Full-Time Direct Employment Positions

(The Recruiter will provide benefit details for non-US-based roles)

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 77% 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 available to you and your dependents includes a full subscription to Headspace, Gympass+ membership with access to physical gyms, One Medical membership, 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.