Dessa specializes in audacious deep learning moonshots at Block. We choose projects that are impactful and transformative, not projects that are incremental improvements over the status quo. We have a strong focus on open source and are committed to sharing our work. Our mission is to push the boundaries of what’s possible with AI in order to benefit humanity.

We are seeking a Deep Learning Research Scientist who is passionate about expanding the limits of deep learning capabilities. As a Research Scientist at Dessa, you will create novel deep learning systems with the capability to perform tasks that were once considered unattainable.  You will be fully remote and report into our Dessa AI Research Lead.

You Will:

  • Help design and develop novel generative AI systems within Block
  • Develop new ideas to improve existing deep learning systems
  • Advance the research agenda of the team by building deep learning systems
  • Create things that will be open to the world, allowing you to share your work with a global community through open source


You Have:

  • Minimum master’s degree in Computer Science or other quantitative fields; or equivalent experience working in an AI research lab
  • Publications or a demo page to share that highlight a proven track record of exploratory research/work in the field of deep learning.
  • 5+ years of hands on deep learning experience
  • Strong background in deep learning theory and techniques, with hands-on experience in developing and training neural networks using frameworks such as PyTorch, JAX or TensorFlow
  • Experience writing performant code and implementing high-performance deep learning algorithms
  • Proficiency with Python
  • Experience utilizing theoretical and empirical research to solve problems

We are excited about individuals who have made notable contributions in the following areas:

  • LLMs
  • Audio/Image/Video generation
  • Multimodal models
  • Agents/RAGs
  • CUDA

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $239,600 – USD $359,400
Zone B: USD $239,600 – USD $359,400
Zone C: USD $239,600 – USD $359,400
Zone D: USD $239,600 – USD $359,400

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