Semantic Scholar Applied Research Scientist


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Semantic Scholar Applied Research Scientist

The primary goal of the research team in Semantic Scholar is to enable innovative features based on language understanding in scientific publications. Applied research scientists help develop statistical models for information extraction and language understanding, and help integrate these models in production to power the semantic features in Semantic Scholar.

We are seeking applicants with:

  • Experience developing statistical and computational models for information extraction or structured prediction problems.
  • Strong software development skills.
  • Strong desire to make a practical impact on users of semantic scholar.
  • Strong collaboration skills - Our environment is small and collaborative, and we'd like you to thrive on working closely with others.
  • Familiarity with Unix-like systems and cloud services (e.g., AWS and Azure).
  • MSc or PhD degree in natural language processing,  machine learning or computer science.

You get bonus points for:

  • Experience in the biomedical domain.
  • Experience building systems at scale.
  • Proficiency in Python.
  • Experience building deep learning models (e.g., using tensorflow and keras).
  • Experience deploying statistical models in a production environment.
  • Strong background in natural language processing or machine learning.

What You'll Learn (Or Teach Us, Or Both)

  • How to create fast, efficient search indexes for scientific papers.
  • How to develop neural network models for semantic analysis of scientific papers.
  • How to scale neural network models to be used in production.
  • How to model medical concepts.
  • How to extract knowledge about publications from PDFs.
  • How to make sure the computer doesn't confuse John Smith, computer scientist, with John Smith, neuroscientist.
  • How to generalize from a computer-science-research and neuroscience-research search engine to an all-of-science-research search engine.
  • How to extract and understand tables, figures, and other graphical representations of information in scholarly literature.

Why 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.

 In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through our treatment of 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 alongside your coworkers.
  • 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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