Data Scientist


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Design, create, and manage tasks and tooling to crowdsource data for NLP tasks.  For many of the crowdsourcing projects, mechanical turk will be a central component.

Job Description

At AI2, we tackle challenging AI problems that require the successful understanding of natural language. To continue to advance our research and the success of our systems, we require a diverse collection of large datasets related to NLP applications such as semantic role labeling (SRL), part-of-speech (POS) tagging, parsing, named entity recognition (NER), and various other models and approaches.

In this role, you will be designing and writing code to build annotation pipelines for AllenNLP and Aristo.  You will oversee and execute collecting, managing and maintaining these important research datasets.

Some immediate challenges include building a question set on which to evaluate the Aristo system in 2018 and acquiring a large dataset of coreference annotations to power a state-of-the-art deep learning system. 

What you’ll do:

  • Design and implement software pipelines for collecting large volumes of high-quality data and annotations, using crowdsourcing frameworks such as Amazon Mechanical Turk and Crowdflower
  • Create annotation frontends for crowdsourcing tasks using third-party software, Javascript, and HTML
  • Manually review and curate datasets
  • Maintain, document, and organize datasets for easy access across the organization
  • Build and share common data collection and curation infrastructure
  • Work closely with researchers to develop new approaches to crowdsourcing linguistic data

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience designing and successfully executing crowdsourcing tasks and pipelines
  • Proficiency with a programming languages for building annotation pipelines (Python is preferred)
  • Interest in setting up annotation frontends for crowdsourcing tasks
  • Basic familiarity with Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) concepts
  • Self-directed problem solving skills

We are very passionate about our work at AI2 and are looking for an individual who is motivated, enthusiastic and driven to help us succeed.

About AI2

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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