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PhD Intern Research Scientist - ML/NLP

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Rakuten, Inc. is the largest e-commerce company in Japan, and third largest e-commerce 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) http://rit.rakuten.co.jp/ 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, and Boston who are driven by strong curiosity and interests.

RIT-Boston is calling for Intern Research Scientists.  As an intern, you will get to work on challenging projects with experts in ML and NLP. 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.


  • Propose visions for services and technology models
  • Create prototypes that can be commercialized in 1 to 3 years
  • Create core components for our services (engines, frameworks and libraries)
  • Publish your research and file patents

  • PhD graduate or a PhD student in computer science or a related field
  • Research experience in machine learning (classification, regression, clustering, recommendation and content personalization) or data mining
  • Programming in C/C++, Java, Python, or Ruby
  • Academic publication at peer-reviewed international conferences and in journals

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Background in big-data computation, such as, Hadoop, Hive, etc
  • Experience with AWS platform
  • Experience with deep-learning algorithms and systems

To Recruiting Agencies:

Recruiters and/or agencies must hold a valid contract for service and obtain approval from Rakuten's Global Human Resources Department on an individual requisition basis in order to submit resumes. Rakuten will NOT bear any costs for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume and (Rakuten) reserves the right to pursue and hire the candidate without any financial responsibility to the recruiter or agency.

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