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Machine Learning Platform Engineer

Touch Surgery
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23 Feb 2021

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5 billion people, two-thirds of the world's population, do not have access to safe and affordable surgical care. As a result, millions go untreated every year, causing unnecessary suffering, permanent debilitation, or death. The causes are a shortage of surgeons, varying quality of care, rising costs of training surgeons, lack of funding and lack of accessibility to quality surgery. Digital Surgery is on a mission to change surgical care for the better.

With our award-winning Touch Surgery mobile application and web platform, it is now the dawn of Digital Surgery. Digital Surgery has created a digital data-driven ecosystem that uses the latest cutting-edge technologies like AI, augmented reality and computer vision to modernize surgical training, orchestrate surgical teams in the OR and deliver safer surgery around the world.

As a Machine Learning Platform Engineer within the Innovation team in Digital Surgery, you will help to design, implement, and test Machine Learning frameworks and infrastructure to support other engineers and researchers of the team. You will become part of a talented team exploring new concepts through fast, iterative prototyping.

Our computer vision/machine learning team is responsible for developing solutions that allow us to scale our automatic surgical understanding capabilities from raw video data.

Here's what you'll do (not all of it, just the important stuff!):
  • Creating and maintaining AWS infrastructure for supporting the preparation, development and deployment stages of ML model lifecycle.
  • Creating pipelines and assisting team members in deploying ML models into production environments.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining our internal machine learning framework, as well as assisting other members of the team;
  • As (optional) part of the role, you will have the opportunity to collaborate on ML projects and perform tasks such as object detection, localization and tracking, segmentation and scene understanding.


Must haves:
  • Proven experience working with AWS services: S3, EC2, ECS..
  • Experience using CI pipelines (Travis, Jenkins, BItbucket..)
  • Experience with automation libraries (Ansible, Terraform), focused on cloud deployments
  • Knowledgeable in machine learning with a good understanding of the process of training and inference with deep learning models;
  • Deliver well-written and high-quality code;
  • Excellent in verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Experienced in working in a fast-paced R&D environment.

Nice to haves
  • Experience with back-end development (Flask, Django) and data visualization experience would also be useful for this role.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the main deep learning frameworks (Pytorch, Tensorflow, Keras etc.)
  • Ability to debug technical problems - both software packages and ML code, identifying causes and reasoning optimal next-step solutions.


We're in a really lucky position to operate like a small team, with all of the benefits of a big company. Following our acquisition by Medtronic in February 2020, our benefits have had an impressive face lift. ; Our benefit package aims to help support your health, build wealth, grow in your career and share in the success of Digital Surgery and Medtronic. We are in the healthcare business and so in order to look after our people we provide:

  • Private healthcare via AXA PPP - £100 excess
  • 30 days' holiday + 8 bank holidays
  • Pension scheme (we double your personal contribution of up to 6%, by contributing 12%)
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Annual meal allowance
  • Life insurance (4 x annual salary*)
  • Group Income Protection (67% of insured salary payable until pensionable age)
  • Life benefit policy
  • Maternity - 20 weeks' full pay + 15% returner's bonus
  • Paternity - 2 weeks' full pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme (support line for counselling, legal or financial advice)

This is not to mention all the other perks for working with us such as our employee recognition programs, a cash bonus for referring a friend, and a whole host of other wellness benefits.

We also encourage flexible working, so you choose when you start and finish. This is just one of our Family Friendly company policies.

So what's it like working at Digital Surgery?

Part of the Medtronic family we benefit from a small company feel, within the world's leading medical device company. We have 130 people globally, with teams across the UK, US and Canada. The majority are based in our London HQ in Old Street. The company is made up of several teams covering Engineering, Product, Studio, Innovation, Marketing, HR, Operations, Finance and Sales. We care about our employees' career and development, offering training internally as well as external courses and attending global conferences. We believe that helping you grow will help our company grow too.

We have our Family Meeting on Friday afternoons with beer, wine and cold drinks - it's a great chance to meet new joiners, share success stories and hear what's been going on in the company that week.
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