Sr. Computer Vision Scientist




The mission of Orbital Insight is to use geospatial data to understand what we are doing on and to the Earth. A major part of that vision is using computer vision to look at petabytes of satellite and drone imagery -- indeed one of the founding insights of the company was that the availability of imagery is rapidly outstripping the number of humans available to look at it. Hidden within that imagery at scale are the answers to myriad questions ranging from development rates in countries around the world, to agricultural productivity, to deployments of ground and air military assets, to mass migration and immigration, to climate change, to the state of economic cycles in countries around the world. In order to answer these questions we must break new ground in Computer Vision: leveraging existing open source libraries but moving beyond the state of the art in areas such as object detection and land use. Using convolutional neural networks, we have counted over 3 billion cars across global roads and parking lots, analyzing commercial patterns as well as city growth and development. We have recently expanded our capabilities to include detecting trucks, identifying almost 50 classes of airplanes, different types of armoured vehicles, and changes in land use. Other projects include site monitoring near facilities or bases, tracking rates of deforestation, measuring poverty levels around the globe, monitoring construction rates of new roads and buildings, and predicting crop yields. This is still the beginning of our mission to understand the Earth. In order to support the continued growth of the business we are looking to hire a Computer Vision Scientist/Lead. This Computer Vision Scientist will work on developing, adapting, and extending our core CV technology for our commercial and government customers. This role will involve developing new CV models on new (possibly classified) data sources, improving existing CV models to reach higher and higher precision and recall metrics, and deploying these models in multiple cloud environments through collaboration with other engineers. This role will be heavily focused on enhancing our platform, GO, with new and improved AI-powered capabilities. As we continue to build out our expertise, we are looking for someone with the passion and drive to lead an elite team of Computer Vision Scientists. This position can be based in either our Palo Alto, CA or our Arlington, Virginia office and may require some work at customer sites. Currently, Orbital Insight is fully remote (working from home) until at least the end of the year, due to COVID. Occasional travel may be required (only applicable post COVID).


  • Act as the Computer Vision Architect for new models and experiments, guiding other members of the team in direction and decision making
  • Provide key input and guidance on the company’s R&D roadmap for Computer Vision
  • Development of R&D proposals, both internally and for government programs, to document and then realize our evolving vision for what Computer Vision can be
  • Lead efforts and deliver on milestones connected with customer deliverables, often including specified performance targets
  • Design and implement highly scalable computer vision algorithms
  • Rapidly iterate algorithms to continuously improve performance under a variety of conditions
  • Collaborate with end-user and product owners to understand computer vision needs
  • Design and implement methodologies for testing and accuracy assessment
  • Support build deployment, management, and monitoring systems
  • Provide production support for applications and infrastructure
  • Report on deliverables to corporate leadership, our partners, and our customers
  • Qualifications

  • US Citizen required (clearance eligible). Current clearance preferred
  • Must have designed, trained, and deployed CV models in production (industry experience required)
  • MS or PhD Degree in computer science or related discipline. Degree in Computer Vision preferred
  • 8+ years experience in computer vision, machine learning, and/or image processing
  •  Solid software engineering skills (python is a plus)
  • Expertise in deep learning, including semantic segmentation, object detection, and image classificationExperience with cloud computing (AWS or similar) is a plus
  • Experience with automated analysis of satellite, aerial, or multispectral imagery is a plus
  • Additional Information

    Orbital Insight is a fast growing provider of geospatial data and geo­-analytic services to commercial, nonprofit and public sector clients across the globe. Leveraging advancements in computer vision and cloud computing, Orbital Insight is turning millions of images into a big picture understanding of the world that is quantitatively grounded in observation, creating unprecedented transparency, and empowering global decision makers with new sources of objective, quantified socio­-economic insights.

    We are backed by marquee investors such as Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, In­-Q­- Tel and Bloomberg Beta, Orbital Insight is rapidly expanding its commercial and public sector capabilities. Come join us if you are unafraid to try new approaches and relentlessly seek to push the state of the art, taking projects all the way from prototype to production-ready.
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