Senior Data Scientist (NLP)

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Company :
Parenthetic, LLC

Location :
Washington, District of Columbia

Expiry Date :
Wed, 23 Jun 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Description :
We are building human-driven NLP technologies and are seeking an experienced, proactive data scientist to join our newly formed engineering team. An ideal candidate will have a strong background in natural language processing methods and experience with a range of text classification problems. In particular, the ability to implement and use Attention-based methods and pre-trained language models is central to the position. We have a particular interest in event extraction/detection, entity recognition, slot-filling tasks, document classification, and zero-/few-shot learning. Secondary experience in forecasting, time series, and/or active learning methods will also be beneficial. As this is a new team, we are looking for candidates who are willing to help grow the organization by taking on a range of responsibilities across the technical spectrum, as well as effectively collaborate to deliver findings to our customers.

Your day-to-day will include:

* Research and develop machine learning methods for a wide range of text extraction and classification tasks, often with limited labels and/or in multiple languages
* Design and implement tools for monitoring and forecasting trends in signals derived from text data
* Work effectively, in an often self-directed environment, to estimate timelines, communicate progress, and identify avenues for future research and development
* Perform analyses and generate detailed data products for internal stakeholders and external clients
* Institute MLOps principles in our software development practices and platform development
* Deliver version-controlled, documented, and reproducible analyses and experiments that can be readily transitioned into scalable inference services


The position may require some on-site work in Northern Virginia for team and client meetings.

Work Experience and Skills

* Advanced degree in computer science, math/statistics, engineering, linguistics, social science, or a related field
* 5+ years of experience in the data science field (this is flexible depending on academic work)
* Proficiency with major Python data science libraries, including the SciPy stack and Scikit-learn
* Experience with at least one deep learning and/or NLP framework (Tensorflow, PyTorch, Transformers, etc.)
* Knowledge and understanding of pre-trained language models like BERT and GPT
* Familiarity with other commonly used technologies including Linux operating systems, SQL/NoSQL databases, etc.
* Ability to use git, as well as other version, workflow, and project management tools and technologies
* Possess strong communications skills, with the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely to a range of audiences
* Aptitude for learning quickly and a willingness to take on a wide range of responsibilities

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience with other technologies and platforms in our stack, including: Elasticsearch, Kibana, Docker, MLFlow, DVC, Kubernetes, GCP, GitLab
* Prior work in the marketing/communications and/or defense sectors
* Ability to obtain and/or maintain a US government security clearance


Parenthetic is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, and offers a competitive salary, generous and flexible paid time off policy, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, and a retirement plan with company match.