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Senior AI/Data Scientist

Novai Ltd

£60,000 - £75,000

Reading, United Kingdom


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Benefits & perks


· Competitive salary

· Share option scheme

· Company pension

· Great office space

· Health and Dental care

· Perkbox

· Online training courses - Coursera

About the role

Company Description

Novai is a UK-based growing biotechnology start-up, commercialising an exciting and cutting-edge discovery in drug development. Our product is a novel diagnostic platform, combining a retinal biomarker with an AI algorithm to identify cellular level disease activity for the first time in humans. Our pioneering technology predicts disease progression and measures the impact of current and future therapeutics in glaucoma and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Following the analysis of Phase II clinical research results, we believe our product may also be successful in identifying a number of neurodegenerative diseases including; Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

We have exciting positions available for experienced senior AI engineers/data scientists, developing and validating new AI based systems.


Office in Reading/London/partial remote

Key responsibilities

Role & Responsibilities:

· Lead development of Novai algorithms and software with creativity, initiative and passion

· Assist in the development of the technical capacity of the team, maintain and promote good working practices and a positive culture.

· To provide novel input in terms of high-level ideas and the technical and practical implementation of these.

· To complete hands on and off design and development coding tasks (this is a majority coding role)

· To help evaluate documentation and test technical systems.

· Support the writing up, editing and responding to technical reports – client and internal company

· Work cross functionally with other non-technical members of the company.

· Opportunity to liaise with customers

· Maintain up-to-date knowledge and skillset via conference attendance and training/self-development

· Regular travel to UK conferences and team meetings within UK working hours.

Desired skills, experience and attributes

Essential Skills

· OpenCV or another image analysis library

· Python – 3 years minimum

· Strong understanding of machine learning techniques and frameworks, and their real-world applications

· Experience with Deep learning/CNNs, Keras/TensorFlow/others, SVMs/Random Forests etc.

· Strong general and technical communication – communicate complex concepts to non-technical team members across the company, and to clients

· To be a self-starter and able to develop an initial concept through to validation and publication level data reports.

· Creative and research driven thinker, ability to solve complex problems using scientific methodology

Desirable Skills

· Medical Image Analysis

· SimpleITK

· Linux

· Healthcare domain knowledge

· Cloud computing – AWS, containerisation

· Robust, practical and proven knowledge of statistics

· Use of statistics packages such as SPSS/Prism


· MSc Computer Science, Maths or Engineering, PhD Ideally

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