Software Development Engineer - Deep Learning and Image Science


Work to design and implement imagery machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence software solutions in order to detect objects in imagery, label the objects, and classify pixels. This is an exciting opportunity to innovate traditional GIS and remote sensing workflows for extracting information from imagery. Acting as a data scientist, you will research the latest machine learning technology and apply it to solve real-world problems using imagery. You will train machine learning (deep learning) models, design and implement software tools for ArcGIS users (GIS/ArcGIS Image Analyst) to prepare training sample data from geospatial datasets, apply trained models (inferencing), and finally train models. You will be working with a team of software developers and product engineers, and provide the leadership and vision.



  • Provide machine learning (deep learning) expertise; train object detection, image classification, and other models for solving real-world problems using imagery
  • Design and implement new ArcGIS integrations with common toolkits such as CNTK and TensorFlow
  • Explore transfer learning and other techniques to make use of existing models
  • Help design and implement modules in the ArcGIS API for Python


  • 3-5 years of experience in machine learning or data science
  • Prior experience or significant academic project work involving training models
  • Advanced programming skills with Python
  • Basic knowledge of GIS and remote sensing
  • Excellent software engineering and problem-solving skills
  • Desire and ability to learn new skills and contribute to producing quality commercial software
  • Bachelor's in GIS, computer science, geography, data science, or related field, depending on position level (master’s or Ph.D. preferred)

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Expert in the Python language and package ecosystem
  • Prior experience with CNTK, TensorFlow, or other machine learning toolkits
  • Familiarity with cloud infrastructure such as AWS or Azure
  • ArcGIS Pro experience

The Company

Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do. Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.


Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world. Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.


Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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