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Senior Data Scientist

Location Burlington, Massachusetts

Company Overview:

At Nuance, we empower people with the ability to seamlessly interact with their connected devices and the digital world around them. We are creating a world where technology thinks and acts the way people do by designing the most human, natural, and intuitive ways of interacting with technology.

Our nimble technology uses analytics and advanced algorithms to transform the inanimate into animate and reduce complicated processes into simple ones.

Join our Healthcare team...caring for clinicians the way they care for patients. Beyond words. We create technology that lets clinicians capture and document care quickly and easily so they can focus their attention on their patients.


Job Summary:

Apply your machine learning skills to actually make people’s lives better! This is a unique opportunity to use data at scale to create and deliver AI products that improve patient care. Nuance is the only company where you’ll find healthcare expertise and data and an ML-focused R&D organization. We’re looking for a smart, driven Machine learning scientist in the Nuance Healthcare Research organization to work on state of the art, scalable, and self-learning systems for Clinical Language Understanding solutions. The major duty is to help develop machine learning systems using in-production (feedback) data, as well as develop tools to help other team members do similar research.


    • Main responsibility is creating and organizing large annotated clinical text corpora for training machine learning models for clinical information extraction/understanding.
    • The candidate will be responsible for the end-to-end research data organization process which includes:
      1. Identify data requirements for models and research.
      2. Select the appropriate data from an unannotated large corpus.
      3. Conduct data analysis to identify and correct potential problems.
      4. Split data for modeling.
      5. Assist in error analysis of model results
    • The candidate will be responsible for creation and maintenance of the data organization and validation tools and dashboards.
    • The candidate will be responsible for de-identifying data using internal tools.
    The candidate will be responsible for re-training ML models that underlie internal tools.


Number of Years of Work Experience: 2+

Required Skills:

  • Excellent programming skills and at least 2 years of experience programming in Python is required
  • SQL or other Database knowledge is required
  • Bash/Unix scripting skills are required.
  • Must be self-motivated and detail oriented, with exceptional communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Experience collecting, creating and maintaining large corpora for machine learning.
  • Experience creating tools and dashboards for data organization.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with Cloud data storage (AWS, Azure, etc.) is a definite PLUS
  • Experience working with speech recognition, language modeling/processing, machine translation, information extraction. etc. is a definite PLUS.
  • Experience in medical text analytics and/or clinical information retrieval is a definite PLUS.

Education: B.S. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or other related fields.

Additional Information:

Nuance offers a compelling and rewarding work environment. We offer market competitive salaries, bonus, equity, benefits, meaningful growth and development opportunities and a casual yet technically challenging work environment. Join our dynamic, entrepreneurial team and become part of our continuing success.

Nuance Communication Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster and its supplement is availablehere. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please call 781-565-5086 – Human Resources Department and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.


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