Data Scientist, Handwriting Recognition - Lehi/SF/Remote

  • Ancestry
  • Jan 06, 2022

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 
With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
We are growing our Data Science team in Lehi, UT and San Francisco, CA and looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our global Data Science & Machine Learning Team. You'll collaborate with a high functioning group handling Ancestry's toughest data science challenges, and with unique text data spanning decades across a variety of media channels.

You will...

Use data science to improve product development, customer success, content creation across our Family History business.Advocate for a data-driven culture and push long-term value creation through development of outstanding Data Science capabilities.Use Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision to build handwriting recognition models that can extract information from our billions of genealogical and census records.

Who you are...

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, or other data-related field coupled with 4 + years industry experience in machine learning and statistical modeling ORMaster's Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, or other data-related field coupled with 2+ years industry experience in machine learning and statistical modeling ORPhD in Computer Science, Statistics, or other data-related field coupled with some industry experience in machine learning and statistical modelingExperience with machine learning techniques ie: entity extraction, document classification, topic modeling, computer vision methods, object detection, image classification, and handwriting recognitionExperience completing multiple data science projects end-to-end; from idea generation, goals formulation, to implementation and deliverablesProficiency in Python, experience with Java, SQL, and multi-threaded programmingExperience building deep learning models using tools like TensorFlow and PytorchPreference for experience building ML models for handwriting recognitionBonus: Experience with top-tier publications in machine learning domains (e.g., ICDAR, ICFHR, CVPR, ICCV, ACL, EMNLP, PAMI, ICML, JMLR, etc.)
Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry's suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.We offer excellent benefits and a great compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at
Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
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