Principal Applied Scientist


Location: Bellevue, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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Artificial Intelligence Platform (AIP). The Speech Group brings together talents in the areas of signal processing, speech recognition, statistical modeling and Deep Learning to develop and deliver robust, natural and scalable speech recognition, across a rich set of scenarios and languages. As a science team in the Speech Group, our modeling team pioneered the industrialized deep learning speech recognition technologies, and contributed key innovations to the speech community. Now, we are making some key bets on end-to-end architecture for speech recognition which could be the next big wave. We work on all kinds of end-to-end speech technologies in both back-end and front-end, targeting on the most challenging problems by inventing new algorithms. To that end, we welcome scientists who are passionate at innovating the state-of-the-art speech recognition technologies, which impact millions of users.


Essential attributes and competencies include: Excellence in scientific thinking and execution, ability to drive efficient experiment definition and investigations, solid skill in developing state-of-the-art machine learning and speech recognition algorithms, broad scope in solving speech recognition related problems.

Your responsibilities include developing novel speech recognition algorithms to advance state-of-the-art speech recognition technologies for real world user scenarios, Investigating and solving speech recognition accuracy and robustness issues across all processing chains, including model development, test and quality control, deployment and user feedback stages.


Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent alternative education, skills, and/or practical IT work experience is required.
  • 5+ years experience in speech or machine learning R&D in an academic or industrial setting; large scale and distributed computing, and programming with scripting languages.
  • 5+ years experience with machine learning/deep-learning tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong research and/or development experience with speech recognition, machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, pattern recognition.
  • Experience in architecting, developing and delivering advanced engineering projects is a strong plus.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Passionate and self-motivated.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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