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Predictive Analytics for Geopolitical Risk

ML Research Engineer (Graphs + NLP)

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Location: New York, NY or Remote

Modeling the world’s richest human endeavors, from financial markets to political systems, turns on understanding human motivation and attention. To help decision makers tackle this complexity, Predata is distilling the world’s web traffic into concise indicators of trends, viewpoints, and business processes.

As a generalist Machine Learning Research Engineer on the team, you’ll help build the algorithmic foundations of Predata’s global intelligence platform, and have the chance to interact closely with a diverse, interdisciplinary team to deliver value across a wide range of industries.

What you’ll do

  • Power a platform currently utilized by Fortune 500 companies, top-tier hedge funds, and government agencies
  • Build cutting-edge models of online activity, fusing data from millions of “sensors” — web pages across the internet — into a complete picture of global attention
  • Codify our understanding of website content to model the digital attention environment before and after major events
  • Help shape the company’s long-term ML strategy
  • Leverage modern techniques to process and fuse text, time series, and graph structured data to categorize and understand the modern internet

Your projects will include

  • Modeling how mentions of entities in the news affect the flow of global web traffic
  • Untangling the causal reasons behind anomalies in attention to obscure subjects
  • Constructing a knowledge graph leveraging industry-standard taxonomies, volunteer efforts such as Wikidata, and Predata's repository of content generated by global intelligence analysts
  • Leveraging knowledge graph embeddings to scale the ability of teams of analysts to construct and monitor traffic to tailored collections of web content

What you bring

  • 3+ years of ML research and/or engineering experience in a leading academic or industry context
  • Strong deep learning background and fluency with state-of-the-art techniques in NLP, analysis on graphs, and time series
  • An extensive track record of shipping cutting-edge and impactful ML products
  • Excellent grasp of the mathematical foundations of machine learning theory and recent advances in the field
  • Practical experience with modern ML frameworks: you are able to rapidly prototype ideas from the latest research and apply them to multi-terabyte datasets
  • Comfortable doing anything and everything in modern Python and processing data in Unix-like systems
  • A focus on clear and effective communication

Things you might be excited about

  • Time series
  • Quantitative finance
  • Geopolitics and world events
  • Bringing a human-centered focus to your work
  • Working closely with customers


  • Remote-friendly
  • 3 weeks paid time off
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Gym membership subsidy

Health insurance

We provide health, vision, dental

Retirement benefits


Equity benefits

Comprehensive benefits package,

3 weeks paid time off

Gym benefits

gym membership subsidy

Commuter benefits program

late night home transportation available, work from home days

Commuter benefits

Predata at a glance

Predictive Analytics for Geopolitical Risk

Predata focuses on Machine Learning, Business Intelligence, Politics, and Predictive Analytics. Their company has offices in New York City and Washington DC. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, Predata has raised $3.25M of funding; their latest round was closed on July 2016.

You can view their website at http://predata.com or find them on Twitter.

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