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Technical Subject Matter Expert - Public Sector

Washington, DC
Full Time

Scale is a rapidly growing, venture-backed Series-E startup that is changing the way organizations around the world build AI applications. We are looking for a strong Subject Matter Expert who can guide the direction and execution of our machine learning technical strategy in support of public sector customers’ AI/ML needs. This role will be involved in our long-term strategy, helping grow Scale’s established public sector business, and have a massive impact on the adoption of cutting-edge technologies for the nation. 

The applicant should have deep experience in the applied use of machine learning in a national security context, especially in the signals intelligence and cyber fields. This role will report directly to the General Manager,Public Sector. In this role you will look across prospective and current customer machine learning needs. You will understand and remain current on developments in our commercial businesses to identify opportunities to apply novel AI/ML developments in the public sector setting. You will guide the internal research and development priorities for our public sector business unit.



  • Serve as technical advisor to the Public Sector leadership team
  • Participate in prospective and current customer engagements 
  • Participate in internal research, engineering, and product roadmapping to guide our machine learning technical strategy, especially in key fields like natural language processing, computer vision, computer audition, and general machine learning optimization techniques.
  • Leverage technical teams and other stakeholders to identify emerging trends in AI/ML
  • Meet with subject matter experts (SMEs) in our commercial business units to ensure identify dual-use opportunities for the public sector
  • Serve as a technical advisor to our customers’ most senior technical leaders.
  • Guide our security and compliance technical strategy to ensure Scale can continue to address the totality of national security missions


Nice to haves:

  • Experience with and understanding of the Intelligence Community and other Government agencies
  • Federally funded research and development experience



  • PhD in artificial intelligence or machine learning
  • 12+ years experience with machine learning applications in the Department of Defense and other Government agencies
  • Experience with the cyber security requirements of national security systems
  • Top-Secret security clearance is required


Personality traits:

  • Intellectually curious
  • High velocity
  • Empathetic

For those with Top-Secret Security Clearance, the base salary range for this full-time position in our hub locations of Washington, DC is $207,000 - $248,400. Compensation packages at Scale include base salary, equity, and benefits. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position, determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, interview performance, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process. Scale employees are also granted Stock Options that are awarded upon board of director approval. You’ll also receive benefits including, but not limited to: Comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage, retirement benefits, a learning and development stipend, and generous PTO. Additionally, this role may be eligible for additional benefits such as a commuter stipend.


About Us:

At Scale, we believe that the transition from traditional software to AI is one of the most important shifts of our time. Our mission is to make that happen faster across every industry, and our team is transforming how organizations build and deploy AI.  Our products power the world's most advanced LLMs, generative models, and computer vision models. We are trusted by generative AI companies such as OpenAI, Meta, and Microsoft, government agencies like the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and enterprises including GM and Accenture. We are expanding our team to accelerate the development of AI applications.

We believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work, which is why we are proud to be an affirmative action employer and inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability status, gender identity or Veteran status. 

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation in the application or recruiting process due to a disability, please contact us at accommodations@scale.com. Please see the United States Department of Labor's Know Your Rights poster for additional information.

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