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Data Scientist

Thomson Reuters Technology Development 12/11/2017 2:25:28 PM Toronto, ON Canada
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TMS Toronto: Data Scientist – NLP R & D

Job Description

Text Metadata Services (TMS) in Toronto is a newly-formed team a part of the new TR tech center. At Thomson Reuters TMS group, we are leading the industry in machine learning based metadata products, focusing on NLP and knowledge graph solutions. Our products organize Thomson Reuters’ unstructured content, enabling users to search, monitor and filter information, get recommendations and insights extracted programmatically from narrative text.

 We are looking for candidates with innovative approaches and the expertise to combine and improve existing technologies into Cognitive Computing products that will help our professional customers find the answers they are looking for. TMS Data Scientists work with teams of engineers and designers, as well as business stakeholders. This position is full time and based at our Toronto office. 

We are looking for a passionate Data Scientist with a proven record of applied innovation, who is interested in taking Artificial Intelligence technologies to the next level. We are looking for a creative individual who can understand complex business problems, and who can develop scalable algorithms and prototypes to demonstrate the art of possible.

Applicants should have significant experience in one or more of the following areas: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Question Answering, Text Mining, Information Retrieval, Distributional Semantics, and/or Discourse Modeling.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement and validate algorithms at scale to solve challenging real world problems
  • Collaborate with technologists and business stakeholders to drive innovation from conception to production
  • PhD in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or related field preferred, or Master’s degree with 2+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Proficient programming skills in a high-level language (e.g. Java, Scala, Python, Perl, Matlab, R)
  • Experience with statistical data analysis, experimental design, and hypotheses validation
  • Familiarity with probabilistic models and an understanding of the mathematical concepts underlying machine learning methods 

Project-based experience with some of the following tools:

  • Applied machine learning (e.g. libSVM, Shogun, Scikit-learn or similar)
  • Natural Language Processing (e.g., ClearTK, ScalaNLP/Breeze, ClearNLP, OpenNLP, NLTK, or similar)
  • Statistical data analysis and experimental design (e.g., using R, Matlab, iPython, etc.)
  • Information retrieval and search engines, e.g. Elastisearch/Lucene
  • Distributed computing platforms, such as Hadoop (Hive, HBase, Pig), Spark, GraphLab
  • Databases (traditional and noSQL)
  • Must be a self-motivated, lifelong learner, who is passionate about turning new ideas into solutions for our customers
  • Results-driven focus with the ability to prioritize deliverables that have the most significant, measurable impact
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one - collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With more than 45,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance - and their own.

As a global business, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals. To ensure we can do that, we seek talented, qualified employees in all our operations around the world regardless of race, color, sex/gender, including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under country or local law. Thomson Reuters is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer providing a drug-free workplace.

Intrigued by a challenge as large and fascinating as the world itself? Come join us.

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Req #: JREQ094905
Locations: Toronto-Ontario-Canada
Job Function: Technology Development
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