ML/NLP Engineer (Text & Speech Scoring)

Build innovative, high-quality language assessments using cutting-edge NLP.

Duolingo AI Research is a nimble and fast-growing team that has already revolutionized language learning for more than 300 million people. We are looking for a talented researcher/engineer with creative interdisciplinary ideas to help us deliver next-generation language assessments to anyone, anywhere, through AI.

As an ML/NLP Engineer, you will apply your background in text and speech processing to create state-of-the-art automated scoring methods for language assessment. These systems will push the boundary of what personalized, adaptive learning and proficiency testing can be. You will work with a diverse team, come up with novel hypotheses, test them, and then scale them up to production systems unlike what you’ll see anywhere else. You will work with the award-winning Duolingo English Test (DET) team, and support our efforts to advance Duolingo’s mission of educational access through science.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Apply ML and NLP methods to large data sets
  • Prototype new models for analyzing text and speech from both native and non-native speakers, evaluate with small scale experiments, and productionize solutions at scale
  • Work with a cross-functional team of award-winning engineers, linguists, and others to build new product features
  • Iterate on product quality through continuous A/B testing

REQUIREMENTS
  • Graduate-level expertise (or equivalent industry experience) in machine learning, natural language processing, signal processing, or related field
  • Experience implementing ML systems at scale in Python, Java, Scala, or C/C++ (i.e., not just R or MATLAB)
  • A strong mathematical background in statistics and machine learning
  • Great presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA

EXCEPTIONAL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE
  • MS or PhD in machine learning, natural language processing, or related field
  • Previous experience building NLP systems for commercial products or government projects, such as speech recognition or machine translation (automated scoring for language assessment a plus!)
  • A portfolio of relevant publications or open-source projects to share with us
  • A desire to keep up with the field by attending or publishing at relevant conferences (ICML, NeurIPS, ACL, EMNLP, ICLR, Interspeech, etc.)

Duolingo is an innovative, fun company with top engineers, designers, marketers, linguists, and business people driven by a mission to provide free education to the world.  We have over 150 people from 25 different countries, and expect to have 200 within the next year. 

2018: Inc. Best Places to Work 
2018: Entrepreneur Top Company Culture List
2018, 2017, 2013: Fast Company The World's Most Innovative Companies

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