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Director of AI R&D

ICON is looking for a Director of AI R&D on the BuildOS team. BuildOS is ICON’s software platform for residential construction. You will build and lead a team that will develop advanced neural networks that will drive the digital architecture and build planning for residential structures. You will bring AI and ML techniques to bear on the business problems associated with construction. This role is based at ICON’s Austin, TX campus.



  • Lead a team that performs AI research and product development in a cutting-edge open-ended problem domain.
  • Serve as a company-wide expert in advanced AI technologies and their applicability to business problems in construction.
  • Recruit and build a world class AI research and product development team.
  • Translate business problems into deployed production solutions in the AI space.
  • Pursue patent applications for novel technologies.


  • 5+ years delivering commercially successful products based on neural networks.
  • 10+ years leading software teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, or equivalent technical degree and industry experience.
  • Experience building and scaling an AI/data science team.
  • Proven track record of translating business problems into solutions based on neural networks in a leadership role.



  • Advanced degree in mathematics, data science, or AI.
  • Experience developing a commercially successful generative neural network (e.g. StyleGAN, GPT3, etc)
ICON is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an innovative, inclusive, and discrimination-free work environment. Employment with ICON is based on  merit, competence, and qualifications. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), genetic trait, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic in accordance with applicable law. If there are accommodations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.
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Solving one of the most challenging problems humanity faces requires a level of diversity across disciplines. ICON believes that by being a non-homogenous organization, we can capture unique perspectives, educational backgrounds, and ideation. We strive to be inclusive and seek team members who share our passion for the mission within the mission: building robust and diverse teams to help us prevail in the face of our challenges. 

We're a team of varied backgrounds, countries, and experiences, and we believe our differences make us stronger as we tackle some of the most challenging problems of our time.


Every startup wants to change the world, but we genuinely believe we're not being hyperbolic when we say this technology has the potential to reinvent human shelter, dramatically improving quality and resiliency while driving down costs to make housing affordable for everyone. We believe in harnessing the power of construction technology for the good of all humanity, both here on Earth and off-world. And while we get excited about R&D accomplishments in the lab, we get more excited when we see our work out in the real world, printing real homes for real people.

We work hard because we know what we are doing can reshape the way we live as a species. And it doesn't hurt that it's super fun. Where else do you get to play with giant robots and see the results of your work manifest in beautiful full-scale buildings that didn't exist before—and that someone can now call home?