Data Scientist, NLP

  • Ancestry
  • Jan 08, 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 looking for a Data Scientist with expertise in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to join our centralized Data Science team. In this role, you will be responsible for developing state of the art solutions to a variety of challenging problems supporting family history and DNA products.

What you'll do...

Leverage natural language processing to extract value and insights from our billions of genealogical records and from the archives; Use data science and machine learning to drive product innovation, customer success, marketing optimization, and more across both our family history and DNA products;Help champion a data-driven culture and push long-term business value creation through development of best-in-class data science capabilities;Optimize NLP algorithms and deep learning models to run efficiently in production systems;Work with ML engineers from prototyping to production deployments;Ability to engage in fast prototyping, and agile software development.

What you have...

Masters or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Statistics, or any data related field;Strong proficiency in machine learning and deep learning technologies particularly with applications in NLP;Some industrial experience in machine learning /  NLP / deep learning / software development through internship programs;Knowledge of ML models such as CNN, RNN, Transformers, generative models;Experience with NLP techniques such as named entity extraction, document classification, document summarization, topic modeling, relationship extraction;Direct experience implementing machine learning models using Python and deep learning lib (Tensorflow, Pytorch, spaCy, SciKit-Learn);Strong verbal and written communication skills to explain details of complex concepts to non-expert stakeholders in simple and understandable way;Proven track record of completing multiple data science projects end-to-end from idea generation, objectives formulation, to implementation and deliverables;Ability to innovate and push the boundaries of data science capabilities;Self-starter, high level of motivation and ability to work well independently as well as motivate and energize teams.Bonus: Experience building and annotating datasets from the ground up; Publications in top-tier machine learning conferences (e.g., ACL, EMNLP, ICLR, CVPR, ICCV, PAMI, ICML, JMLR, etc.);
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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