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Work within state-of-the-art machine learning and bio engineering
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Zenith is made up of Research Scientists, Engineers and Product. Find out about what it's like to work with us.
A day in the life of Robbie
Normally, I'll have some tea with everybody downstairs, before we have our daily standup. During this, we briefly describe what we're working on, and whether we have any blockers. The rest of my day can then vary quite a lot, depending on what I'm working on. For example I might need to design something I want to build, which can entail coming up with a system diagram, drawing out my expected classes and their relationships, and designing corresponding interfaces and tests. This will normally also include trying out some interesting new libraries or frameworks.
An important part of my job is to talk with researchers, discussing their pain points and agreeing on deliverables to help make their work simpler. I've been learning a lot from doing this, for example recently we've been discussing how we might use Microsoft DeepSpeed Zero (which uses a lot interesting optimisation techniques) to reduce memory requirements for model training. We also have "show and tell" meetings, in which new ideas about the science behind our work are presented. We have a lot of flexibility with how we can structure our days, as well as autonomy over how we work. This makes every day different, and means I'm always learning.
What do I enjoy about Zenith?
I really enjoy the variety in what I can work on! On any given day I could be: coding, designing, learning new technologies such as AWS SageMaker or Streamlit, or learning about the science behind what we're working on, for example, how DNA De novo synthesis works. It's meant that I've learned a lot, and had many interesting discussions with my colleagues. I also really enjoy the culture - everybody is open to new ideas and willing to try new things out.
Prass, Researcher turned engineer
I joined Zenith in 2020 as a senior researcher. I come with 10 years of machine learning experience, and I was looking for an avenue to create an impact with my skills, so the opportunity to move to Zenith was something I could not resist. As a researcher, I had been working on quite interesting problems such as synthesis predictions for genomic sequences, with highly intellectual and brilliant colleagues – using machine learning, python, and a pinch of common sense. Unsurprisingly, I noticed the fragmentation and lack of coherence in tooling and libraries for synthetic biology, and the high burden of genomics researchers of productionizing their research. This generated a lot of interest in me to focus on unifying the tooling environment for synth-bio. The leadership at Zenith Ai was highly supportive in me pursuing my interest in a more engineering focussed role, and it was a win-win. As a senior engineer, I’ve worked on problems such as automating research-to-app development using OpenAPI and docker, developing a new task scheduling system using a lot of fundamental software engineering and developed an aptitude to observing actionable metrics that can be improved. Today, I work as a part of the product team, and I’m involved in integrations of our products with the larger Synthbio and OpenTrons ecosystem. It extremely exciting for an engineer to be on a product team – as you’re the first to receive feedback from your end-user, and you’re the first person that can do anything about it.
Apart from the day-to-day tasks, knowledge sharing sessions at Zenith are intriguing and enjoyable. There were opportunities to mentor juniors, and likewise be mentored by industry veterans. There is a nice culture of continuous learning and experimentation. Additionally, I love serving my trademark Masala Chai, and I love having a community of co-workers who enjoy drinking it!