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Reinvent speech recognition technologies to empower us collectively.

AI is an incredible thing, especially when we put it to the service of humanity — and not the other way around. We love hearing incredible applications of computer vision, from detecting cancer by looking at your eye or saving your life by making driving autonomous & more secure. But speech recognition applications? They've stayed pretty much at the gadget level, inundating us with talking alarms and smart home assistants.

Ava is the exception to the rule - the ampersand-shaped peg in a rather boringly square world. We reinvent speech recognition and speaker identification technologies so we can help 450M deaf & hard-of-hearing people live a fully accessible life. With Ava, they can understand what everyone else is saying in any group conversation, anytime.

A difficult challenge to solve? Yes, and that's what we love. What really keeps us up at night though, is the thrill to be impacting day to day people in a meaningful way. And see the smile on our users' faces when they use our product.
Don't waste more of your precious gray matter in politics-laden research teams in big companies, and come instead shine your light where the world can see the impact of what you do!

What will you do as a Machine Learning Scientist at Ava?

  • You'll own one of the Ava's AI team research objectives to develop solutions for real-world applications of our core technology.
  • You'll keep an eye out on the state-of-the-art research, through publications or networking with peers, and think of new contributions to improve the state of our stack
  • You'll help improve the performance and reliability of our cutting-edge AI systems — such as improving the speed and responsiveness of our deep neural network.
  • You'll work with the rest of the AI team to build and maintain robust internal machine-learning tools and processes with a focus on the data pipeline. Think of projects such as integrating supervised data at scale to our models, a critical project to improve the accuracy of Ava.

You'd be perfect for this role if:

  • You ambition to be a pioneer in the field, and do what is necessary to make things work in real world situations.
  • You have 3+ years of research experience in machine learning (esp. deep learning).
  • You're of the persistent, yet open-minded and collaborative type: you can own and pursue a research agenda and autonomously carry it out, but appreciate working .
  • You care about the strategic and business implications of anything you build. You're not just going after cool stuff — you understand the balance between craft, speed, and the bottom line.
  • Bonus: You have experience in speaker identification, ASR, NLP, acoustic modeling, language models or source separation.
  • Bonus: You have past experience creating high-performance implementations of deep learning algorithms.

What's special about this role?

  • Actually change lives at an unprecedented scale: How often do you hear about apps that make people cry of joy? It is really for us a unique opportunity and privilege to be able to meaningfully improve the lives of 100,000s of people - and yet to still be at the very beginning of our mission!
  • Work with some of the best people in the world: We have an incredibly talented and passionate team that is a lot of fun to work with. We're still super small and have accomplished some things that were thought impossible!
  • Tackle our most interesting and impactful problems: Our AI team is still small, and people wear many hats. You'd jump between machine-learning models, infrastructure, internal tools, process — participating in every phase from inception to implementation. Absolutely no boredom.
  • Join us at an incredible time: We're well-funded and hit product-market fit, which gives us a huge green field to work with. You'd join at the perfect time to shape what we build and how we grow, so we can create a more inclusive world.

Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

Alexandre Hannebelle

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Master student on Applied Maths/ML at France's leading institute for advanced science studies. Specialisation in Machine Learning.

Cédric Rommel

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Ava Accessibility focuses on Mobile, SaaS, Healthcare, Health Care Information Technology, and Artificial Intelligence. Their company has offices in San Francisco and Paris. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, Ava Accessibility has raised $1.845M of funding; their latest round was closed on November 2016.

You can view their website at http://www.ava.me/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Product Hunt.

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