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Rakuten USA, Inc.
00008665 Requisition #

Rakuten, Inc. is the largest ecommerce company in Japan, and third largest ecommerce marketplace worldwide. We seek to empower merchants to deliver Omotenashi, a hospitality mindset, which helps sellers create lasting relationships with customers. The Japanese word rakuten means optimism. Along with the global marketplaces, Rakuten supports an ever expanding list of acquisitions and strategic investments in disruptive industries and growing markets.


Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT) is the corporate R&D department of the Rakuten group and is responsible for leading strategic technological progress. RIT’s targets vary from basic technologies to innovative new services. RIT consists of highly motivated research scientists located in Tokyo, NYC, Paris, Boston, and San Mateo who are driven by strong curiosity and interests.


RIT-Boston is calling for machine learning research scientists. As a research scientist, you will lead a research project to conduct research in a small team, collaborating on global projects in a friendly work environment. Some of the research projects can involve topic modeling, recommendation systems, deep learning, discriminative learning, structured predictions, belief propagation for dynamic networks, virtual assistants, parsing, machine translation etc.


  • Lead a research project in a small team setting
  • Create initial prototypes of proposed solutions for large-scale problems
  • Publish your research and file patents
  • Collaborate with other team members on interesting problems


  • PhD graduate in computer science or a related field
  • 2+ years of research experience in machine learning including deep learning, classification, regression, clustering, recommendation, and personalization
  • Programming proficiency in Python, Java, R, C/C++
  • Academic publication at peer-reviewed international conferences and journals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in big-data computation, such as, Hadoop, Spark, etc.
  • Experience projects involving large-scale applied machine learning
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