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Lead Data Scientist, Search

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NewselaLos Angeles, CA
Full-time
  • The Role You will lead and formulate data science projects to drive high level decisions, as well as day-to-day development for the purpose of improving the Newsela search service, focusing on search relevance.
  • You will be collaborating closely with the product and systems engineering teams to deploy the research from the team to live users.
  • Your goal is to improve the ease of discovering content for our platform’s teachers and students.
  • You’ll advise the team on research that translates into solving real-world problems, with an emphasis on live testing.
  • Your work is driven by practical applications, continuously tying development to tangible outcomes based on the product roadmap.
  • You’ll help to define KPIs and metrics for search, both offline and online, and establish best practices in collecting training data.
  • Why You’ll Love This Role You’ll work closely with data scientists, engineers, product, and content teams to improve search relevance, particularly on learning-to-rank problems.
  • As a data science lead on the team, you’ll be encouraging thought leadership, evangelizing new technologies, and keeping up to date on the latest research.
  • You’ll cross-pollinate ideas with the recommendation team and be an expert at Newsela on information retrieval techniques.
  • You’ll be at the forefront of using cutting-edge technologies to improve the learning experience of K-12 education across the nation.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to build a complex system from the ground up and be part of a culture that values teaching and learning.
  • You’ll have the ability to shape the search roadmap with partnership from the product team.
  • Why We’ll Love You You have 5+ years of practical machine learning experience in industry, specifically with experience in search engines.
  • You understand the complexities of building out live machine learning pipelines in production, and have experience choosing metrics to monitor as well as understand tradeoffs between modeling decisions.
  • You prefer deploying practical solutions to test rather than researching theoretical ideas without live data.
  • You think about the architecture and system of interactions between different algorithms.
  • Bonus if you have experience with knowledge graphs and how it relates to content, experience with NLP, or topic modeling.
  • You are experienced in information retrieval, fluent in SQL and Python (or other scripting languages), and you are comfortable using git and Linux environments.
  • You are passionate about enhancing learning for students and empowering teachers to find the best content for the classroom.
  • You also have experience working alongside product managers to take business outcomes and break them down into projects.
  • About Newsela One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning.
  • We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom.
  • Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels
  • from +100 of the best sources
  • that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students.
  • Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.
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