Rarefied talent in data science, data technology, and analytics

Data Scientist


Job Description

We’re Ask.com’s search intelligence team: a fast-moving, data-driven, product-oriented group that builds systems and models that improve the way Ask.com responds to the user. A group of data scientists and software engineers, we focus on natural language processing and text classification. We love data, building models, running experiments, and then writing efficient, high-quality software that turns data insights into data-driven products.

You’re a bright, versatile scientist/engineer that:

  • Is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and can adapt to shifting conditions, priorities, or deadlines.
  • Is meticulous and detail-oriented.
  • Is a self-starter.
  • Documents code, research, and findings.
  • Possesses strong communication skills for both a technical and non-technical audience.
  • Has a talent for solving problems.
  • Read the About Us paragraph and thought, “that’s totally me!”

Your task

  • Design, develop, and launch new text classifiers.
  • Produce and document efficient, low-defect code and solutions.
  • Participate in a full project life-cycle environment: design, build, test, release, support, enhance.
  • Improve and enhance the product’s technology by bringing new ideas and methods into the team.
  • Work closely with other team members as well as horizontally with other groups at Ask.com to implement new and improve existing products, services, and technology.

Your skills
Candidates that are a good fit usually possess the following traits:

  • Completed post-graduate study in natural language processing, machine learning, information retrieval, or related areas.
  • Comfort with programming in Python, R, or Java. (Python is a plus.)
  • Experience with some of the following: SQL, NoSQL; Git; Solr; Hadoop; C/C++; Ruby.
  • Experience working with some kind of language data.
  • Familiarity with existing tools such as NLTK, Weka, scikit-learn.
  • Ability to develop prototypes based on proprietary or open source tools.
Interested in this position?
Job Location
Oakland, CA
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time