Director of Innovation - Biometrics


An Amazing Career Opportunity for a Director of Innovation, Biometric Deep Learning Innovation!! 


Location: Milpitas, CA, Austin, TX, Eden Prairie, MN, and Prague, CZ

Job ID: 23558


Do you enjoy transforming user experiences at the edge of secure authentication ecosystems?  Do you want to change the game in the application of facial and fingerprint biometric authentication for business enterprise solutions?  Do you wake up and look forward to growing your skills, knowledge, and contributions?


If so, we want to hear from you! 


Who are we? 

HID powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places, and things, allowing people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely.

We are a high-tech software company headquartered in Austin, TX, with over 4,000 worldwide employees. Check us out here: and 


Do you want to work on a high-tech, leading-edge team focused on biometric security and authentication?


HID is an Innovative High-Tech Security Company!

We are seeking a motivated individual to lead our innovation & data science team developing facial and fingerprint deep learning based technology for incorporation into novel biometric sensors and solutions.  Your primary focus will be the conceptualization and development of neural network based inference engines for deployment into the product portfolio.  As the leader of a small, multi-disciplinary and cross functional technical team, you will guide pre-product innovation activities, conduct proof-of-concept experimentation, and provide communication to management enabling transfer to commercialization.

As our Director of Innovation, you’ll support HID’s success by: 

  • Leading and mentoring the data science team developing image/tensor pre-processing algorithms, neural networks, LSTM, and fusion centric inference engines
  • Managing the data acquisition, organization, training, and validation activities
  • Teaming up with engineering to tailor models for cross platform deployment including embedded NPU’s and cloud services
  • Teaming with management, external partners, and key stakeholders for technology adoption


What we will love about your background: 

  • Technology leader and subject matter expert for biometric authentication products targeting mobile, cloud, and logical/physical access control systems
  • Expert level knowledge and product development experience for application of deep neural networks (DNN) for supervised learning including model training, deployment, and performance optimization
  • Experience using scripting languages such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Caffe, Onyx with Python, OpevCV, DLIB, OpenCL etc. 
  • Demonstrated success in research environments implementing data science centric image processing and inference engines with emphasis on biometric modalities 


Your Experience and Education include:       

  • Ideal candidate will have 10+ years relevant professional experience
  • Minimum BS (MS Preferred) degree in computer science or software engineering or equivalent
  • Product development experience with facial/fingerprint biometric authentication preferred
  • Team leadership roles in cross functional environments consisting of computer and data science with electrical/software/optical engineering support 


Who you are as a Leader:

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Hands on development and lead by example for proof-of-concept experiments
  • Good interpersonal skills, willingness to learn, and continue to grow professionally
  • Strong team player
  • Proactively seek to adopt and implement diversity into your work, value different backgrounds, experiences and thinking, embrace creating and nurturing a culture of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.


Why apply? 

  • Empowerment: You’ll work as part of a global team in a flexible work environment, learning and enhancing your expertise
  • Innovation: You embrace challenges on the edge
  • Integrity: You are data driven, detail oriented and results-driven


The wage range for this role considers a broad scope of factors that are considered when making compensation decisions, including but not limited to: skill sets, experience and training, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled. At HID, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case.  


The base salary in the California area is $218,000 to $240,000.   


This opportunity may be open to flexible working arrangements. 


HID is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 



We make it easier for people to get where they want to go!
On an average day, think of how many times you tap, twist, tag, push or swipe to get access, find information, connect with others or track something.  HID technology is behind billions of interactions, in more than 100 countries.  We help you create a verified, trusted identity that can get you where you need to go – without having to think about it.  
When you join our HID team, you’ll also be part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the global leader in access solutions. You’ll have 52,000 colleagues in more than 70 different countries. We empower our people to build their career around their aspirations and our ambitions – supporting them with regular feedback, training, and development opportunities. Our colleagues think broadly about where they can make the most impact, and we encourage them to grow their role locally, regionally, or even internationally. As we welcome new people on board, it’s important to us to have diverse, inclusive teams, and we value different perspectives and experiences.


Fremont, CA, US, 94555 Austin, TX, US, 78753 Eden Prairie, MN, US, 55344

Engineering & Science
Travel Required: 0%-10%

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland