• NLP Research Scientist II/Senior NLP Research Scientist

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/5/2018 12:25 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1354
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Information Technology (Development)
    Travel
    Up to 25% Travel
  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.  Learn more about working at ACT at act.org.

     

    Are you passionate about solving big scientific problems in education through innovative technology and working in a highly multi-disciplinary collaborative environment? Would you like to know more about how computer vision, affective computing and machine learning are helping create new forms of learning and assessment tools?

     

    If this sounds intriguing, then we’d like to talk to you about a role as part of a new ACTNext ACT R&D team tackling a set of problems requiring significant innovation.

    Responsibilities

    ACTNext has an opening for an NLP Research Scientist in the AI and Machine Learning group. This newly established group is pursuing cutting edge multidisciplinary research in creating a new generation of learning and assessments targeting modern educational paradigms including adaptive learning, educational content development, educational games and various forms of behavioral and in vivo assessments. We are conducting research on using rich multi-sensory data including audio and video and recent advances in NLP, computer vision, affective computing, psychometric analysis and cognitive science to build some of most advanced dynamic models for educational assessment in authentic, real-world scenarios. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a research and development team and make an impact with innovative education technology.

     

    Based on your experience and our requirements, you may qualify for either a level II or Senior level Research Scientist.  Please note these differences in our profile requirements.  There is one opening - we will review candidates in both categories and hire the right talent and fit for the position!

     

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Lead, pursue or collaborate in interdisciplinary projects, transferring techniques to a new context or connecting scientific fields that are usually separate and design creative solutions to challenging problems. Successful candidates are self-motivated and self-driven.
    • Drive and/or participate in cutting edge research in language technologies, multimodal analytics and ground breaking innovations in education technology.
    • Apply scientific knowledge to analyze data, perform statistical analyses, identify problems, devise solutions and construct methodologies, including metrics and best practices, and conduct experiments to validate these.
    • Impact product development while working on and further developing a long-term research roadmap.
    • Lead and/or participate in dissemination activities through the publications of research papers in peer review journals

     

    Qualifications

    Education: 

    • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or related field.
    • PhD desirable
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

     

    Experience:

     

    Senior Level

    • A minimum of 5 years of related experience (or 3 years with PhD)
    • Extensive experience using cloud computing for machine learning and deep learning frameworks such as AWS SageMaker, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc.
    • Expertise in machine learning, deep learning (RNNs, LSTM, CNN etc.), evaluation and / or optimization techniques
    • Expertise in coding and software development utilizing Python and or R, Java, C, C++
    • Experience in educational simulations and games are a plus

    Level II

    • A minimum of 3 years of related experience (or PhD)
    • Experience using cloud computing for machine learning and deep learning frameworks such as AWS SageMaker, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, etc.
    • Expertise in machine learning, deep learning (RNNs, LSTM, CNN etc.), evaluation and / or optimization techniques
    • Expertise in coding and software development utilizing Python and or R, Java, C, C++
    • Experience in educational simulations and games are a plus

     

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

     

    Senior Level

    • Strong knowledge of speech, and natural language processing as it relates to machine and deep learning
    • Publication record in the top-tier international research venues in NLP, Machine Learning, Computer Vision and related areas.
    • Results-oriented, innovative, self-motivated and self-driven
    • Possess solid hands-on skills in sourcing, cleaning, manipulating, analyzing, visualizing and modeling of real data
    • A passion for making sense of user behavior, using any available methods
    • Creative problem-solver, passionate about digging into complex problems and devising new approaches to reach results
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills required

     

    Level II

    • Strong knowledge of speech, natural language processing as it relates to machine and deep learning
    • Publication record in top-tier international research venues in NLP, Machine Learning, Computer Vision and related areas.
    • Results-oriented, innovative, self-motivated and self-driven
    • Possess solid hands-on skills in sourcing, cleaning, manipulating, analyzing, visualizing and modeling of real data
    • Solid programming skills utilizing Python and or R, Java, C, C++
    • A passion for making sense of user behavior, using any available methods
    • Creative problem-solver, passionate about digging into complex problems and devising new approaches to reach results
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills required

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