Senior Data Scientist - Applied Research Personalization

Remote - US/Canada

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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At Scribd (pronounced “scribbed”), we believe reading is more important than ever. Join our cast of characters as we work to change the way the world reads by building the world’s largest and most fascinating digital library: giving subscribers access to a growing collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, documents, Scribd Originals, and more. In addition to works from major publishers and top authors, our community includes over 1.5M subscribers in nearly every country worldwide.
The Applied Research - Personalization team’s goal is to comprehensively understand our users, create representations of their behavior and complex interactions with our content, and deliver user models that drive ML product features. This is accomplished as a team of aligned, talented and collaborative full-stack data scientists that run exploratory analyses, create data pipelines, and build models from prototype to production to solve some of the company’s highest profile initiatives.
You are excited by the opportunities and challenges of working on Scribd’s unique and massive dataset consisting of hundreds of millions of documents, books, audiobooks, articles, and podcasts and the interaction of that content with hundreds of millions of users. As a Senior Data Scientist, you are a technical leader that understands how your priorities impact the business. You stay up to date with advancements in technology and methods, and bring new ideas and ways of working to the team.

You will:

  • Deeply understand our data and define how user interactions create signals for ML models.
  • Take full advantage of our scale of data. For example, use Transformers and other state-of-the-art deep learning architectures to extract rich user embeddings.
  • Optimize personalization for new users by integrating other sources of data and innovating on models. For example, use Bayesian methods to smoothly combine priors about user segments with data-rich modeling approaches.
  • Design for scale, both in terms of number of users and content and in terms of multiple use cases across the product.
  • Increase the effectiveness of the team on a technical and problem-solving level through thoughtful collaboration with other Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, and System Engineers.

You have:

  • 4+ years of experience in data science or related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in a quantitative discipline. Master’s or Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Intermediate level or greater experience with Python, SQL, and Spark.
  • Previous professional experience with developing personalization features, recommendation systems, or other related ML experience.
  • Experience with TensorFlow and embedding-based deep learning architectures is a plus.
Benefits, Perks, and Wellbeing at Scribd
• Healthcare Benefits: Scribd pays 100% of employee’s Medical, Vision, and Dental premiums and 70% of dependents• Leaves: Paid parental leave, 100% company paid short-term/long-term disability plans and milestone Sabbaticals• 401k plan through Fidelity, plus company matching with no vesting period• Stock Options - every employee is an owner in Scribd! • Generous Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Flexible Sick Time, Volunteer Day + office closure between Christmas Eve and New Years Day• Referral bonuses• Professional development: generous annual budget for our employees to attend conferences, classes, and other events• Company-wide Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion programs which include learning & development opportunities, employee resource groups, and hiring best practices.• Learning & Development and Coaching programs• Monthly Wellness, Connectivity & Comfort Benefit• Concern mental health digital platform• Work-life balance flexibility• Company events + Scribdchats• Free subscription to Scribd + gift memberships for friends & family
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We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We believe that a diversity of perspectives and experiences create a foundation for the best ideas. Come join us in building something meaningful.
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