CoVar is a small AI/ML R&D software company in Durham N.C., that uses artificial intelligence to develop software to solve problems that matter. We develop AI/ML software tools that work with the DoD to detect enemies and threats, enable biomedical researchers to find new cures for diseases, and monitor machinery to prevent injuries and environmental catastrophes. We are passionate engineers, constantly experimenting, prototyping, testing, and deploying software while pushing the cutting edge of what AI/ML can do.

Join our team!  Open positions are posted below.  CoVar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  •  Competitive salary, cash bonus, equity structure, and 401k with employer contributions
  •  Excellent health care coverage, including dental and vision plans
  •  Flexible work schedule

Machine Learning Engineer

You will help CoVar develop software and machine learning algorithms to solve real-world customer problems. You will work with data, develop algorithms, evaluate results, and write the production code that goes onto real-world systems. You will have the opportunity to present your work to high-level customers in the DoD and in the industry. The position includes opportunities to publish novel work in both classified and unclassified settings.


Applicants should have expertise in Python (including NumPy, pandas, and other packages) and either PyTorch or TensorFlow. Deep understanding of machine learning fundamentals (gradient descent, cross-validation, ROC curves, confusion matrices) are necessary. Knowledge of classical machine learning (e.g., support-vector-machines, logistic regression) are valued. Applicants are ideally familiar with computer vision algorithms like object detection networks (e.g., YOLO, CenterNet) and modern image classification techniques. Previous experience with DoD customers is a plus.

Minimum qualifications

  • Software expertise: Python and associated numerical and analytics packages (NumPy, pandas, etc.); git; PyTorch or TensorFlow; CI/CD pipelines and regression testing
  • AI/ML expertise: Machine learning fundamentals; Deep knowledge of state-of-the-art in any of the following: computer vision (preferred), natural language processing, classical machine learning, Bayesian models, etc.
  • B.S., preferably M.S. or Ph.D in engineering, math, computer science, or related field
  • Excellent technical communication skills
  • Ability to work in Durham, NC (relocation assistance available)
  • Eligibility for US security clearance

Bonus skills

  • Department of Defense project experience

Technical Leader – Machine Learning

In this position, you will collaborate closely with AI/ML researchers and software engineers to lead several projects, managing the entire lifecycle from defining requirements through system design, hands-on software development, testing, and deployment. You will meet regularly with customers, collaborators, and other external stakeholders to provide progress reports, solicit feedback, and review high-level project goals. You will have the opportunity to leverage your technical expertise and project management skills to successfully execute on exciting AI/ML projects and identify and win new funding opportunities to further grow the business.

Minimum qualifications

  • B.S. in CS, engineering, math, or related field plus 7 years of experience, or advanced degree in relevant field plus 3 years of experience. At least two years of project leadership experience
  • Exceptional project management skills with a record of successfully leading complex projects and delivering results on time with a high degree of customer satisfaction.
  • Experience coordinating and supporting engineers to meet project goals
  • Proficient in Python with experience in scientific computing (NumPy, etc.), Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Experience with software development processes, including version control, documentation, code review, and testing
  • Customer-service oriented; excellent written and spoken technical communication skills
  • Ability to work in Durham, NC (relocation assistance available)
  • Eligibility for US security clearance