Research Scientist, Conversational AI

Facebook

Redmond, WA, USA

Full-time

Oct 14

At Facebook Reality Labs Research, our goal is to explore, innovate, and design novel interfaces and hardware for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences. We are driving research towards a vision of an always-on augmented reality device that can enable high-quality contextually relevant interactions across a range of complex, dynamic, real-world tasks in natural environments; to achieve this goal, our team draws on methods and knowledge from artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and human–computer interaction. We are looking for a skilled and motivated researcher with expertise in conversational AI, goal-oriented dialogue systems, task-oriented dialogue systems, or related fields to join our team. More broadly, the chosen candidate will work with a diverse and highly interdisciplinary team of researchers and engineers and will have access to cutting edge technology, resources, and testing facilities.



In this position, you will work with an interdisciplinary team of domain experts in embodied artificial intelligence (AI), human–computer interaction, natural language understanding, computer vision, and cognitive and perceptual science on problems that contribute to creating human-centered contextual interactive systems. The position will involve developing novel multimodal and natural language dialogue systems designed to rapidly disambiguate the user’s intent in the contextually aware human–machine interface that will underpin our future AR/VR devices. These models will leverage large-scale real-world data sets and the scale of Facebook machine-learning infrastructure, and will be deployed into AR/VR prototypes to uncover research questions on the path to the next era of human-centered computing.Research Scientist, Conversational AI Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a cutting-edge research program aimed at goal-oriented/task-oriented dialogue systems in next-generation, contextually aware human–machine interfaces
  • Develop tasks, data-collection strategies, modeling approaches, and evaluation criteria to deliver on research program objectives
  • Work collaboratively with other research scientists to develop novel solutions and models in service of contextualized AI for augmented reality
  • Mentor MS/PhD interns and postdocs and collaborate with external academic groups to advance our research goals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience holding a faculty, industry, or government researcher position
  • PhD degree in computer science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or related technical field and publication track record
  • 5+ years of experience defining and leading advanced research in NLP, natural language understanding, natural language generation, conversational AI, or dialogue systems
  • 3+ years of experience in at least one deep-learning software library (e.g., PyTorch, Caffe2, TensorFlow, Keras, Chainer), which should include formulation, training, and evaluation of new algorithms and writing reusable Python modules
  • 3+ years of experience in building research-grade NLP, speech, or deep-learning systems
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading a research team in solving modeling problems using AI/ML approaches
  • Experience working with modern tools in natural language processing, including transformers, conversational systems, chat bots, language models, or similar
  • Familiarity with concepts from Bayesian optimal experimental design, information theory, and multimodal machine learning
  • Proven track record of achieving results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as publications at workshops or conferences such as ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, AAAI, ICML, NeurIPS, or similar

About the Facebook company

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities — we're just getting started.

Facebook is committed to providing reasonable support (called accommodations) in our recruiting processes for candidates with disabilities, long term conditions, mental health conditions or who are neurodivergent, and to candidates with sincerely held religious beliefs or requiring pregnancy related support. If you need support, please reach out to accommodations-ext@fb.com.

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