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Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning

Coursera, Mountain View, CA

Education-focused technology company


Coursera was founded by two computer science professors at Stanford with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is the world’s largest online learning platform for higher education. 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower over 48 million learners around the world to achieve their career goals. Over 2,200 companies use the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc., and Learn Capital.

At Coursera, our Data Science team is helping to build the future of education through data-driven decision making and data-powered products. We drive product and business strategy through measurement, experimentation, and causal inference. We define, develop, and launch the models and algorithms that power content discovery, personalized learning, and machine-assisted teaching and grading. We believe the next generation of teaching and learning should be personalized, accessible, and efficient. With our scale, data, technology, and talent, Coursera and its Data Science team are positioned to make that vision a reality.

As Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning you will define and build innovative data-powered products to personalize and scale high-quality experiences for 40 million global learners. The ideal candidate possesses a strong statistical and computational skill set, is collaborative and impact-driven, and shares our passion for education.

Your responsibilities:

  • Leading projects in working cross-functionally with product leads 
  • Ideate, prototype, and productionize the machine learning algorithms that power Coursera’s product
  • Machine Learning discovery (e.g., personalized recommendations)
  • Learner Algorithms (e.g., automated study guides, targeted nudges)
  • Instructor-facing features to support learners at scale (e.g., machine-assisted grading and feedback)

Your skills:

  • Deep applied Statistics and modeling skills
  • Strong Machine Learning skills
  • Strong programming skills (Python)
  • Proficient with SQL and relational databases
  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Math, Physics, or related technical field required
  • Minimum of 5+ years of industry experience required
  • Software Engineering experience a plus
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • Familiarity with consumer internet, especially in search and discovery, preferred

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please contact us at [email protected]

About Coursera

Coursera is an education-focused technology company that connects millions of learners around the world with the skills and knowledge they need to transform their lives and careers. We're providing access to top-quality university-level education at a previously unimagined scale, empowering learners, organizations, and enterprises to build the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. 

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