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Solving the world's most complex problems, through knowledge engineering

Research Engineer (AI): ML, NLP, Expert Systems, Network Analysis and Robotics

£40k – £60k • 0.05% – 0.5%
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The Company

Grakn Labs is a team of people driven by a purpose: to solve the world's most complex problems, through knowledge engineering. We are the inventors of the Grakn knowledge-base and the Graql query language. Our technology helps organisations in various industries, including Life Sciences, Defence & Security, Financial Services and Robotics, to build intelligent systems that we believe will change the world. From financial analytics to drug discovery, cyber threat detection to robotics disaster recovery, our technology empowers engineers around the world to tackle a higher order of complexity in knowledge, and solve the world's most complex problems.

In 2017, we were awarded Product of the Year by the University of Cambridge. After only a few years, our pioneering community has grown to 5K+ engineers, spread across 10+ countries around the globe -- and we're still counting. To continue pursuing this vision, we need to build a team of individuals who are not just the best and brightest in what they do, but also driven by a strong sense of purpose and compassion for the world.

Research Engineer (AI)

As a Research Engineer (AI) at Grakn Labs, you will be responsible for the research, development and dissemination of applications of Grakn in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Expert Systems, Network Analysis, and Robotics. These applications will sit in various industries, such as Developer Tools, IoT, Telecoms, Defence and Security, Life Sciences, and Financial Services. You will be responsible for publishing your work to the community via GitHub, papers, blog posts, and webinars. In tandem, you will also evangelise your work by presenting it at developer meetups and conferences.

Grakn is a distributed knowledge graph: a logical database that allows you to organise large and complex networks of data as one body of knowledge. Grakn provides the knowledge engineering tools for developers to easily leverage the power of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning when building complex systems. Ultimately, Grakn serves as the knowledge-base foundation for cognitive and intelligent systems.

Your goal as a Research Engineer (AI) is to discover and develop the most powerful applications of Grakn, educate the developer community on the new engineering techniques, and empower software engineers around the world in solving complex problems.


You will be joining a team that cares deeply not just about the intelligence of the code, but also the elegance and simplicity of the solution. We have a strong sense of urgency, but we always know "why" something needs to be developed, and we make sure that we work purposefully. Although we are expected to be independent in the common engineering tasks, we collaborate in perfecting our ideas and solutions. Every time we have an opportunity to change our workflow, infrastructure or architecture to improve our technology performance, user experience or developer productivity, we take that opportunity, and we grow.


* Bachelors degree in Computer Science or Engineering
* Solid programming experience in OOP languages
* Proven experience in research-driven development
* Proven experience in one or more advanced computer science fields: Natural Language Process, Machine Learning, Expert Systems, Networking Theory, and Robotics
* Familiarity with database systems
* Familiarity with distributed systems and cloud environments
* Familiarity with big data technologies, such as Spark, Hadoop, Kafka, Cassandra, etc
* Familiarity with open-source software development and community
* Proven experience in technical writing and publishing
* Proven experience in presenting deeply technical subjects
* Proven experience in public speaking

Bonus skills (any advanced degree or experience in developing)

* Programming or Query Languages
* Knowledge Representation Systems
* Automated reasoning
* Formal Logic
* Database Systems


* Driven by a strong sense of purpose and vision
* Talented, collaborative and ambitious team
* Equity stock options - we share the success
* Flexible working hours, and fully stocked kitchen
* Open-source at heart - what we use, and what we produce
* Travel around the world and meet the community
* Work with developers, to serve developers
* Visa sponsorship, and relocation support