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Senior Data Scientist -Security & Malware

Company: SparkCognition
Location: Austin
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Job Description:

SparkCognition is an AI leader that offers business-critical solutions for customers in energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, finance, aerospace, defense, and security. A highly awarded company recognized for cutting-edge technology, SparkCognition develops AI-powered cyber-physical software for the safety, security, reliability, and optimization of IT, OT, and the Industrial IoT.

SparkCognition is seeking an innovative data scientist to join the DeepArmor team. Attackers have been easily evading signature-based antivirus solutions for years, which is why 95% of cyber breaches originate at the endpoint. SparkCognitions DeepArmor has redefined endpoint security by leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to both detect and prevent threats at machine scale. The right candidate will work in cutting-edge research and the latest technologies to deliver value in the detection of malware and other security threats across multiple environments.


  • Building models to solve specific problems. This includes, but is not limited to: Processing, cleansing, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Feature engineering using various techniques for the enhancement of data
  • Performing feature selection on original and generated data
  • Using machine learning tools to develop and train models
  • Performing efficacy testing of the models
  • Building automated tools that enable data scientists to more effectively perform tasks such as data cleaning, feature generation, feature selection, or model building
  • Performing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner
  • Working with a team to help solve new, never-before-solved challenges in malware and threat detection


    • Understanding and experience using machine learning techniques and algorithms, including but not limited to: Linear Models, Neural Networks, Decision Trees, Bayesian Techniques, Clustering, Anomaly Detection, and more
    • Experience with data science languages, such as Python, R, MatLab, etc
    • Experience with machine learning frameworks, such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, Theano, Keras, etc

    • Familiarity with operating systems internals (e.g. Windows, macOS, Android, Linux, iOS, etc.), including but not limited to:
    • Memory management
    • Process layout and executable file formats
    • System calls, linker/loader, libraries
    • Familiarity with threat vectors contained in documents, images, and macros
    • Familiarity with malware and threat detection
    • Experience managing large volumes of data (terabytes or more)
    • Great communication skills
    • Good scripting and programming skills, especially Python
    • Graduate degree (or equivalent industry experience), Ph.D. preferred, in Computer Science or a related scientific discipline
    • Experience with security incident response and IDS or HIDS signature development a plus
    • Experience with developing an application on a full stack of HTTP, JSON, REST, React, Java/C#, SQL, and no-SQL databases a plus

      SparkCognition is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

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