Research Scientist - Voice AI Foundations

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Employer Provided Salary: 150,000-230,000 Annually
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Company Overview

Deepgram is a foundational AI company on a mission to transform human-machine interaction using natural language. We give any developer access to the fastest, most powerful voice AI platform including access to models for speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and spoken language understanding with just an API call. From transcription to sentiment analysis to voice synthesis, Deepgram is the preferred partner for builders of voice AI applications.

The Opportunity

Despite the proliferation of text-based communication, voice remains the preferred medium for humans to interact with machines. Delivering real-world voice AI solutions to our customers' most challenging problems ultimately drives our mission. At Deepgram, you will have the unique opportunity to innovate, experiment, and build -- significantly shaping our products and AI capabilities. We value tenacious problem-solving and the ability to iterate, learn and adapt. Domain-specific expertise in speech or language AI is not required. As such, you're encouraged to deepen your skills on-the-job, broadening your knowledge and expertise through constant iteration and invention. Our start-up environment offers a stunning growth trajectory due to a level of ownership and an on-ground connection with end-customers that larger research labs simply cannot provide. Embark on a journey to redefine voice technology with us at Deepgram.

The Role

Deepgram is currently looking for strong Research Scientists who have demonstrated experience in solving hard problems using deep learning. At Deepgram, you will apply your skills to uncover breakthroughs that define the future of voice-enabled applications and experiences. Your work will revolve around harnessing vast audio and text datasets to train foundation models that go beyond transcribing speech and comprehending text -- the models you’ll be building will unlock nuanced meanings in complex conversation, adapt robustly to diverse speech patterns, and generate empathic responses with human-like, contextualized speech. You will collaborate with product & engineering to help deploy these models in the most scalable voice API on the planet. We look forward to you bringing your whole self to work, sharing learnings from your latest experiments, and collaborating with us to advance the state of AI and voice technology.

What You’ll Do

  • Design and carry out experimental programs to build new speech and language AI foundation models across modalities and tasks, that solve critical problems for our customers.

  • Drive large-scale training jobs successfully on massive distributed computing infrastructure.

  • Optimize model architectures to make them as fast and memory-efficient as possible; deploy new models into production for use at massive scale.

  • Document and present results and complex technical concepts clearly for internal and external audiences

  • Stay up to date with the latest advances in deep learning with a particular eye towards their implications and applications within our products.

You’ll Love This Role If You

  • Are passionate about AI and interested in leveraging data to solve hard problems

  • Enjoy building from the ground up and love to create new systems from scratch

  • Are data-driven and prefer to solve problems using iterative experimentation

It’s Important To Us That You Have

  • Prior experience in designing and conducting experimental programs aimed at understanding complex phenomena, with the ability to rapidly iterate and change course as needed. 

  • Proven experience building models from a blank page and owning the entire deep learning stack including data curation, characterization and cleaning, architecture design and model building, distributed large-scale training, and model optimization for inference.

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to translate complex concepts in simple terms, depending on the target audience

  • Strong software engineering skills with particular emphasis on developing clean, modular code in Python and working with Pytorch.

It Would Be Great if You Had

  • Prior industry experience in building deep learning models to solve complex problems, with a solid understanding toward the applications and implications of different neural network types, architectures, and loss mechanisms.

  • Deep understanding and experience working with state-of-the-art network architectures including transformers. 

  • Understanding of different parallelism paradigms for efficient distributed training.

Backed by prominent investors including Y Combinator, Madrona, Tiger Global, Wing VC and NVIDIA, Deepgram has raised over $85 million in total funding after closing our Series B funding round last year. If you're looking to work on cutting-edge technology and make a significant impact in the AI industry, we'd love to hear from you!

Deepgram is an equal opportunity employer. We want all voices and perspectives represented in our workforce. We are a curious bunch focused on collaboration and doing the right thing. We put our customers first, grow together and move quickly. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information, political affiliation, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

We are happy to provide accommodations for applicants who need them.

Compensation Range: $150K - $230K

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An Insider's view of Deepgram

What's something quirky about your company?

I love the variety of backgrounds, and not just in job skills. When you have a conversation with someone at DG you are likely to hear a crazy story from somewhere interesting in the world or a weird fact from a random field that will make you smile and think. Fun, interesting and diverse people make a real difference to the culture.

Jeff "Susan" Ward

Sr. Research Scientist

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a Product Designer, collaboration is key. I bring in coworkers from different departments for workshops, ideation, and feedback sessions. I got regular meetings with Marketing to make sure design stay consistent between all touch points. Collaboration with engineers is a daily thing. Based on the project, I’m looking for insight from everyone.

Ingrid Elise Dorai-Rekaa

Senior Product Designer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Deepgram has been the perfect blend of skills I already have and skill I want to learn. In particular I have enjoyed working in a high performance computing environment using modern development tools like the Rust programming language. And among many of the most skilled engineers I've had the privilege to call colleagues.

Randy Barlow

Senior Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are providing the North Star for Deepgram as a purpose-driven company that inspires people to build amazing things with voice.

Mara Lubell

Creative Director

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Flexible! There were moments where I had to suddenly take care of my family and Deepgram has always respected my work-life balance. Obstacles in life can be unexpected and Deepgram understands and trusts that I will achieve my goals while still providing support for my family.

Primitivo Gonzalez

Data Analyst

What are Deepgram Perks + Benefits

Deepgram Benefits Overview

Live your best life.

We want you to be fulfilled and have a sense of belonging at Deepgram. Our benefits are designed to give you the resources you need to stay healthy and financially supported while having time to explore your hobbies outside of work. We provide comprehensive health plans, WFH stipend, community groups and unlimited PTO.

Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

We are an employee first company and will go the extra step to make sure our employees are taken care of. We are continuing to evolve our perks and benefits and can't wait to introduce more in 2022!

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