Sr Data Scientist, Machine Learning

Coursera, Canada (Remote)

Education-focused technology company

Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 87 million registered learners as of June 30, 2021. Coursera partners with over 200 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specializations, certificates, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business. Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021.

At Coursera, our Data Science team is helping to build the future of education through data-powered products and data-driven decisions. In Machine Learning, we define, develop, and launch the models and algorithms that power content discovery, personalized learning, and machine-assisted teaching and grading. In Decision Science, we drive product and business strategy through measurement, experimentation, and causal inference. 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.

We are looking for a creative and collaborative Machine Learning Data Scientist with strong experience in cloud services. In this role, you will own Coursera’s content forecasting engine, power our ability to identify content and skills gaps,  and help  scale our ML systems. Our ideal candidate possesses a strong statistical and computational skillset, is collaborative and impact-driven, and shares our passion for education.


  • Ideate, prototype, and productionize ML solutions to improve Coursera’s content forecasting engine, perform learner and content segmentation, and identify content and skills gaps.
  • Design, deploy and scale end-to-end machine learning / deep learning pipelines and models with AWS cloud services
  • Extend existing ML libraries and frameworks
  • Partner with Product Managers and Engineers to identify and articulate opportunities, build efficient and scalable ML solutions, and proactively drive data product adoption
  • Distill insights from complex data and/or data product results; communicate findings clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Develop metrics to evaluate data product performance and drive improvements

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of work experience in deployment and scaling of Machine Learning and Deep Learning algorithms on AWS cloud services (Sagemaker, Lambda, Cloudwatch, etc.)
  • 2+ years of experience with one or more of the following: forecasting models, natural language processing, ranking systems, or similar
  • Demonstrated experience in machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, Scikit Learn, etc.
  • Knowledge of software development tools like Git, CI/CD, Docker, etc.
  • Experience with one or more programming languages (e.g., Python, R) and proficient with relational databases and SQL

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or above 
  • 3+ years of research and/or industry experience
  • Strong project management and cross-functional collaboration skills
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking, analytical and interpersonal skills

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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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