Customer Support & Relations Specialist - Semantic Scholar (Part-time)


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Customer Support & Relations Specialist

The Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is looking for a customer support & relations specialist with research experience to work alongside our product team for a part-time position to support the growth and evolution of our academic search engine Semantic Scholar.

Why this role is important

As the customer support and relations specialist for Semantic Scholar, you will help us understand what people think of our search engine and help us resolve complaints and issues. We take customer service seriously and want to make sure we are providing a pleasant, professional, and above all human experience for people who have questions or concerns about our site.

In addition to addressing and resolving user feedback tickets, you will summarize and understand trends in the data so we can better understand how our users are doing and what we should prioritize next. You will also leverage your
understanding of our users to perform basic customer relations, community building and social media responsibilities. Not only will you get experience of working at state of the art AI research institute, but you will also get a chance to directly shape and influence the future direction of our product.

About you

  • You are passionate about helping users be successful and happy.
  • You like collaborating with teams to identify issues that need to be addressed.
  • You are organized, self-starting and value efficiency.
  • You are focused on details and a curious problem solver.


  • Experience in a customer-facing role and strong written communication skills.
  • Experience with technology like basic command line interfaces and Google Docs.
  • Available to work 20 hours/week on a flexible schedule.

About Us

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen and headed by Professor Oren Etzioni. The core mission of AI2 is to contribute to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

Why AI2

In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through how we treat each member of the AI2 Team! Some highlights are:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is place where you will have opportunities to continue learning right alongside us;
  • We value diversity - We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion - We understand the value that people's individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave;
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures;
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door;
  • We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States;
  • We are friendly chances are you will like every one of the 70+ (and growing!) people who work here. We do!

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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