Data & Applied Scientist I

Last updated 29 days ago
Location:Bellevue, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Are you passionate about building the best image index on the web and help billions of internet users find the most relevant and enjoyable image content on the web? Do you want to work with a group of talented data and applied scientist and distributed system engineers to grow your experience and career in a wide range of area including computer vision, natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, big data mining, and information retrieval etc? If so, this data and applied scientist position on Bing image index team may be a great fit for you to get you started on the journey!

The Bing image index team leverages the state-of-the-art search technology to build the best image index on the web that powers Bing image search. We are dealing with billions of data every day. To build the best image index with best comprehensiveness, cleanness, trustworthiness, richness and freshness, we need to train sophisticated natural language processing models to understand billions of documents on the internet, computer vision models to understand billions of images, mine and leverage signals from peta bytes of users logs from millions of people across the world who are empowered by our products. Machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, big data mining and information retrieval - it’s all part of the job.

The Bing image index team is looking for a talented machine learning scientist to help us deliver our next generation of image index and search experience. Qualified applicants should have a strong machine learning background, excellent coding skills, and a MS or higher degree in computer science or a related field. We are looking for a self-motivated and passionate individual who is interested in applying machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and data mining to deliver the best search results on the web and make an impact on millions of users. You should have strong technical skills and be able to apply research concepts in new and innovative ways.
This is a fun and fast paced environment, where developers are empowered to innovate. This is a great opportunity to work on something highly strategic to Microsoft, and an opportunity to directly impact millions of users in an exciting area.


As image index data & applied scientist, you will have wide range of responsibilities and opportunities to learn and make impact, which includes but not limited to

  • Analyze the problem through all data available to you including large scale crawled data and user engagement data etc.
  • Define problem and metrics to address various problems include comprehensiveness, trustworthiness, attractiveness, diversity, freshness, cleanness as well as relevance in ranking algorithms etc.
  • Collect data for training
  • Define engineer life cycle and drive project forwards through iterative ranker releases
  • Collaborate with other data & applied scientist as well as distributed system engineer and program manager
  • Proactively seeks mentorship from others


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field
  • 1+ years of experience with general purpose programming language (C/C++/C#/Java/Python etc.)
  • 1+ years of experience in the areas of machine learning, deep learning, information retrieval, natural language processing or data mining
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in collaborative environment
  • Good design and problem-solving skills and an ability to innovate and solve challenging technical problems
  • Passion and self-motivated
  • Embrace engineering excellence and delivering quality results at scale.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. preferred
  • Strong machine learning / computer vision / natural language processing experience and results in academy or industry. Publications in major ML/IR/NLP/CV conferences. Examples: ICML, NIPS, SIGIR, ACL, EMNLP, CVPR, KDD
  • Experience in open source (spark, hbase, hadoop etc) or microsoft internal tech (cosmos, autopilot, azure) are big plus as well as most of our project/scenario is across system and AI areas

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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