Research Intern – Semantic Machines – Multi-Turn Task-Oriented Dialogue
|Published||March 13, 2023|
|Location||California, United States of America|
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Semantic Machines invites research interns to help invent the next generation of task-oriented conversational AI. Program synthesis allows our users to express complex intents and refine them over a series of natural language dialogue turns. These programs connect to real-world APIs, whose results trigger the generation of contextually appropriate natural language responses. Our work focuses on
- Expanding representational capacity
- New open-domain, multimodal, and contextual dialogue experiences
- Rapidly training, modifying, and controlling desired behaviors (using GPT-3, varied annotations, humans in the loop, user feedback, differential privacy)
- Machine learning approaches to support these goals
Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.
In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.
- Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.
- Must have at least 1 year of experience with natural language processing and/or machine learning.
Interns are expected to be physically located in their manager’s Microsoft worksite location for the duration of their internship.
- Track record of publications in top NLP or ML venues
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Familiarity with dialogue systems, knowledge representation, declarative methods, and/or programming languages
- Familiarity with structured prediction, speech processing, imitation learning, reinforcement learning, and/or human-in-the-loop ML
- Experience with deep learning software platforms, such as PyTorch or TensorFlow
The base pay range for this internship is USD $5,090 - $10,120 per month. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $6,690 - $11,030 per month.
Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based interns have access to medical and vision insurance, paid sick time (accrued at 3.34 hours per pay period worked), paid federal holidays, and software discounts. Puget Sound-based interns gain access to a bus pass and a fitness club membership.
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