Research Scientist in Retrieval and Recommendation (multiple positions) - Naver Labs Europe
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17 July 2019
Meylan, France
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At NAVER LABS, we consider that human-centric search and recommendation interfaces are key to enabling a world of Ambient Intelligence. In this new world where location and context are understood, digital technologies will proactively propose and recommend activities, places and things to people, helping them interact and navigate in the physical environment. Such digital recommendation and guidance should be as seamless and natural as possible. The main objective of the Search and Recommendation team at NAVER LABS Europe is to translate this ambition into the design of context-aware, personalised and anticipatory search and recommendation modules.

We’re looking for applications from research scientists, at the junior or senior levels, to join the Search & Recommendation team. Our main research themes are articulated around the development of novel Interactive Machine Learning techniques for interactive and adaptive Search and Recommendation systems. We’re targeting large-scale on-line applications in a variety of domains such as Conversational Search, News Recommendation and Multimodal/Multilingual Information Retrieval, with a particular attention to causal and counter-factual aspects. We are also working on new user interfaces, mixing voice, gesture, text and image, to enrich the range of human/machine feedback.

Our research is carried out with the ‘NAVER’ search group who run the world’s 5th biggest search engine. This provides research opportunities that go far beyond the traditional Information Retrieval framework and gives us the chance to see millions of users potentially benefiting the outcomes of our research.

We encourage participation in the academic community. Our researchers collaborate closely with universities and regularly publish in venues such as ACL, EMNLP, KDD, SIGIR, ECIR, RecSys, ICML and NeurIPS.

Required skills

- Ph.D. in Information Retrieval (IR), Recommender Systems (RS) or machine learning (ML).
- Knowledge of latest developments in IR and RS, especially with deep learning
- Good publication record in top-tier IR, Recommender Systems, or Machine Learning conferences.
- Strong development skills, preferably in Python and knowledge of deep learning frameworks

Preferred skills

- Previous experience in applying sequential decision making under uncertainty (MDP, POMDP, reinforcement learning, …) to Search and Recommendation systems;
- Previous experience in conversational search, especially with voice-based interface;
- Good knowledge of Counterfactual and Causal Reasoning in Search and Recommendation Engines.

Application instructions

You can apply for this position online. Don't forget to upload your CV and cover letter before you submit. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


NAVER LABS Europe has full-time positions, PhD and PostDoc opportunities throughout the year which are advertised here and on international conference sites that we sponsor such as CVPR, ICCV, ICML, NeurIPS, EMNLP etc. NAVER LABS Europe is an equal opportunity employer.

NAVER LABS Europe are in Grenoble in the French Alps. We have a multi and interdisciplinary approach to research with scientists in machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, ethnography and UX working together to create next generation ambient intelligence technology and services that deeply understand users and their contexts.

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