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Machine Learning Engineer, Research & Development

at Houston Astros

Posted: 6/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 9b0afd3c-6ffd-4744-a773-b2eda4677703

Job Description

Machine Learning Engineer, Research & Development

Department:                      Baseball Operations

Supervisor:                         Director, Research and Development

Classification:                   Full-time (Exempt)

The Houston Astros are seeking a Machine Learning Engineer for the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The Machine Learning Engineer will work closely with the Senior Architect and Director of R&D as part of a cross-functional agile team to deploy statistical, machine learning, and deep learning models at scale and to ensure that they are reliable and repeatable.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Collaborate with a cross-functional agile team on developing machine learning systems from prototyping to production
  • Support investigation of new software packages/vendors, APIs, and algorithms to deliver quality analytics and machine learning at scale
  • Develop infrastructure and tools to productionize new algorithms in a repeatable manner

Education and/or Experience:

  • Advanced degree in statistics, engineering, applied math, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science, operations research or similar field or professional experience preferred
  • Fluency in R, including experience with the tidyverse and modern R development practices
  • Fluency in Python with preference for Python 3 experience
  • Experience with software testing and data-driven development strongly preferred
  • Experience with large data sets and distributed computing strongly preferred
  • Experience with deep learning frameworks (Tensorflow, CNTK, Caffe, etc.) preferred
  • Ability to write SQL queries is preferred
  • Experience with agile software processes preferred
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

Work Environment

This job operates in an office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.  The noise level is usually moderate but can be loud within the stadium environment. 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This is a largely sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a step ladder as necessary. 

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


Rare travel maybe expected in this role.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.