Manager, Machine Learning, Science

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - Palo Alto, CA

Manager, Machine Learning, Science

Founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity,  we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

Our mission is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness – the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research. We are supporting scientists around the world as they develop a comprehensive reference atlas of all cells in the human body and building a service enabling researchers to access our comprehensive knowledge graph of scientific research, with features and tools to help them discover new research and stay up to date.  

The Manager of Machine Learning will lead and manage our ML research and data science team. Our primary focus is to help accelerate scientific discoveries in biomedical research by making and applying breakthroughs in biomedical natural language processing (NLP) knowledge representation and reasoning.

We believe that the complexity and scale of scientific knowledge is limiting how quickly researchers can understand, navigate and quickly make powerful connections across what is known to solve problems and generate hypotheses. This is one of the fundamental challenges hindering the rate of discovery in basic scientific research.

As the Manager of Machine Learning, you will play a hands-on and pivotal role in tackling this challenge for the world’s biomedical researchers. Using state of the art ML & NLP techniques and models, you will help the team in solving as-yet-unsolved problems related to the generation of the knowledge graph, personalized recommendations and rankings, search, and building predictive capabilities. If you want to make a difference and accelerate science with innovative research outcomes, join us!

You will:

  • Lead the ML and data science team, design and execute product focused, applied research agenda using internal resources and external academic collaborations
  • Lead the team and contribute personally to applying new and existing Machine Learning/Natural Language Processing knowledge representation and reasoning techniques and models into a production knowledge graph at scale - and to power personalization and recommendations features using methods such as collaborative filtering and network science   
  • Collaborate with leadership, product managers, user experience researchers, software engineers, and biologists to ensure a high quality experience for biomedical researchers
  • Own the success of all ML models, e.g. disambiguation, predictions, recommendations, document structure, metadata extraction, entity mention extraction and resolution, entity-type assignment, relation extraction, chains of reasoning, collaborative filtering

You have:

  • Advanced training in and strong knowledge of the fundamentals of ML and NLP (Ph.D. preferred in Computer Science, Math, Statistics, or related fields)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern ML tools and techniques and current leading edge research
  • Experience leading teams to develop advanced machine learning models in one or more of: Natural Language Understanding, Information Extraction from Text, Information Retrieval, Recommendations, and deploying at scale as part of a product
  • Hands-on knowledge of modern machine learning and data science tools and techniques, with coding skills (e.g., in Python or R or Java) and in a major deep learning framework like Pytorch or TensorFlow
  • Bonus: Experience in applying Deep Learning models for classification, retrieval, parsing and information extraction from scientific publications, preferably in the biomedical domain



Want to discover the best jobs and companies?

By clicking "Sign up", you agree to Maia's terms of use and
privacy policy .

Already have an account with Maia? Sign in

Welcome to the next step in your career

Maia is a daily email with jobs and career advice.

Discover jobs that are a fit for you, with Maia’s smart job matching.

What don't you like about this job?