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Applied Scientist / Mathematician

Are you an applied mathematician who also has a love for cooking, and you think it would be awesome to help us revolutionize the kitchen? Can you find the signal in noisy data to make predictions, be it time series, video, or large data sets? Does the Oracle of Delphi have nothing on you? You might characterize a steak using the phone’s camera, then control an appliance to sear and then cook it perfectly, and mine past cooks to make it better in the future.

We’re looking for a coworker with an insatiable curiosity who has seen a few products through from start to finish. If you’re the kind of scientist who prefers learning and using tools from many subfields to finding problems that your favorite tool solves—and if you’re comfortable working with programmers, marketers, cooks, and designers—then this may be the position for you.

What you’ll do:

At ChefSteps, you won’t stick to any one subfield. On any given day, you may need to numerically solve differential equations; use frequentist and Bayesian techniques for model selection; use unscented Kalman filters to track system state; or use supervised machine learning to classify outlier events. Our current algorithms use ideas from applied mathematics, statistics, machine learning, thermodynamics, chemistry, and physics. For an example of the kind of project you may be working on, take a look at our Egg Calculator, which determines the water temperature and cooking time you’ll need to achieve the white texture and yolk viscosity of your choice. We used pseudo-spectral methods to model heat flow in the egg and the kinetics of protein denaturation to estimate the yolk’s viscosity, and after developing the code, we empirically and deliciously verified its predictions. So if you’re flexible, love food, and would enjoy tackling the wide range of problems that come up at a multidisciplinary company, we can’t wait to hear from you.

What will help you be most successful:

  • PhD in mathematics, physics, statistics, engineering, or a related field
  • Real-world industry experience
  • Experience writing software to solve applied problems, preferably in Python

Icing-on-the-cake experience:

  • OpenCV or augmented reality
  • Experimental design and validation
  • Worked in production-software environment

In return, please enjoy:

  • Full health coverage, plus vision and dental insurance.
  • Competitive pay, annual salary adjustments, 401(k) plan with company match, and ownership in the form of shares and/or options.
  • Self-determined leave—you schedule your own vacation and sick days, coordinating directly with your teammates.
  • Enriching work environment: Whether you want to master a chocolate soufflé, score pro photography tips, master new math skills, or learn to pilot a glider, your ChefSteps teammates can help you learn. We hire fascinating people from many different backgrounds—Michelin-star chefs, award-winning animators and designers, top engineers, and globe-trotting journalists. If you come to work looking to get smarter, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Designing your own workstation—we encourage employees to request the tools and supplies they need to do their job well.
  • A dog-friendly work environment; well-behaved canines welcomed.
  • A seriously stocked coffee station: La Marzocco espresso maker, pour overs, French presses—we provide you with all of them, plus Herkimer beans for days. Just want a Nespresso? We’ve got that, too.
  • So much free food—snacks to fuel you and dishes crafted by ridiculously talented chefs to feed your very soul. Seriously, it’s like working in a secret Seattle restaurant that also happens to be the best one.
  • The best parties, sailing trips, mountain vacations, and more—many of us have a background in hospitality, and we like to do it up right.
  • Great location. First: We work in downtown Seattle, which—wow! This city is amazing. Second, we are right in the heart of Pike Place Market, which means drinking, eating, and grocery shopping in a world-class food destination mere steps from your desk. What, pray tell, could be better than that?

Who we are:

Born of a love of cooking, ChefSteps is a smart kitchen product company building tools to help people have more fun while cooking more, and get incredible results every time. In 2016 we launched Joule, the smartest, smallest, and most powerful sous vide device on the market. Controlled by a smartphone or tablet (plus Amazon Alexa and Facebook Messenger), Joule has been used to cook more than 1 million meals—and counting—and is sold at, Sur La Table, and the ChefSteps website. We are currently hard at work on new products, features, and services that will prove integral to the kitchen of the future.

We believe a diverse team creates better products and a more rewarding work culture, and this belief centers our hiring process. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about our company culture, please see our About page.


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