Senior Machine Learning Engineer (Houston, TX or Remote)

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You are an expert in machine learning (ML) development, and data science, and interested in building intelligent space systems to modernize satellites' operations. For this role, you should be ready to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, startup environment. You will be our ML operations engineer, integrating new research, and deploying ML models to production. You have professional experience deploying and monitoring ML models in production environments, and stay updated with the field's latest developments. You must be comfortable taking ideas from theory into deployment. You will also:

  • Develop strategies and work plans to implement ML and data science capabilities.
  • Break down business objectives and designing models that help to achieve them, along with metrics to track their progress.
  • Build ML (Reinforcement Learning) algorithms for satellite mission planning optimizations, and other aerospace applications.
  • Deploy ML models to production continuously to support a disparate customer base.
  • Version ML models per use-case and customer, and track baseline performance metrics.
  • Manage hardware resources for production and development environments.
  • Monitor production ML models, analyze performance and design strategies to overcome errors.
  • Collaborate with aerospace domain experts, and software developers to understand customer needs, and produce excellent products.


  • US Citizenship required.
  • 5+ years of proven professional experience as a Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, Development Operations Engineer, Applied Scientist, or similar role.
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a relevant field: Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, etc.
  • Proficiency deploying and managing data from libraries such as Numpy, SciKit-learn, Pandas, TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch, etc.
  • Proficiency in developing infrastructure needed to scale ML operations.
  • Proficiency managing data and databases such as Postgres, S3, Redis, etc
  • Proficiency with Linux development environment.
  • Ability to communicate highly technical concepts to non-technical people.
  • Ability to work in a team and work collaboratively on complex tasks.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills.


One of the most interesting aspects of working at a startup company is gaining equity in the company, which means our success is your success. In addition to equity in the form of options, we also offer:

  • Unlimited Time-Off policy, company holidays, and company retreat
  • Cost-effective health care, dental, and vision with company contributions.
  • 401K plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short term and long-term disability
  • Office Amenities (if working in Houston)

Work Location:
This position is based in Houston TX. The work location is flexible if approved by the Company.

Multiple studies have found that a higher percentage of women and BIPOC candidates won't apply if they don't meet every listed qualification. Cognitive Space values candidates of all backgrounds. If you find yourself excited by our mission but you don't check every box in the description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

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Houston, TX

Technology we use

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An Insider's view of Cognitive Space

What are some social events your company does?

Since we're a distributed team with staff in TX, CO, MO, VA, and WA we bring the team together once a quarter at our HQ in Houston, TX. The "On-Site" weeks often feature group dinners, bowling, escape rooms, retro arcade visits and other fun activities. We also have an annual company retreat where we plan our next 12 months' strategy and have fun!


VP Business Development & Operations

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

What used to be a high-touch, human-in-the-loop activity, tasking individual spacecraft by tail number over hours and days is no more. We must now complete dynamic automated tasking of fleets of thousands of spacecraft, both individually and as a holistic system, in mere minutes. AI and ML are key to unlocking this potential.


VP Business Development & Operations

What makes someone successful on your team?

Living our company values is how individuals succeed at Cognitive Space. Our values are:

Seek Excellence
Lead with Grit
Celebrate Victories
Build Trust
Execute Fiercely

Be sure to ask us about these during your interview!


VP Business Development & Operations

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Leadership understands that life happens, and that is demonstrated in our flexible hours and unlimited PTO policy. We can take time off as needed to go to doctor's appointments or take care of important tasks outside of work, and taking PTO is not frowned upon. However, with this flexibility comes trust and responsibility.


Front End Developer

What are Cognitive Space Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Cognitive Space is implementing training by Search Inside Yourself, a program born at Google scientifically proven to build psychological safety and while increasing empathy and lowering bias.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Up to 8 weeks of paid maternity leave, plus 2 weeks paid child bonding leave for new parents following birth or adoption, and 4 weeks part time PTO for new parents to ramp back into full time work.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Unless the position requires to be Houston HQ-based, employees work remotely.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within

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