Computational Linguist / NLP expert

Agoda is the largest and fastest growing online hotel booking platform in Asia. And as a Priceline Group company, we are part of the largest online travel company in the world. We have the dynamism and short chain of command of a startup and the capital to make things happen. What’s stopping you from getting in touch?

Bangkok:  While it’s 30°+ outside, our engineers don’t sweat, knowing they have the coolest jobs out there. Working in one of the largest international Internet employers headquartered in Asia, your work has an impact on what we do around the globe.

We move fast – why wait ages to see your ideas go live?  Work on tough challenges, safe in the knowledge that you are surrounded by people as smart as you are (if not smarter!) to help solve them.  And while we’re on the subject, Agoda people come from over 65 countries:  It’s an incredible technical creative melting pot. 

Technology is not just what we do – it’s at the heart of who we are.  We put cutting-edge technology in your hands so you can help us change the way people run their lives. We want you to come here so they can get there – and get your career going places, too.

Maintaining this growth requires an incredible amount of data, a superior IT infrastructure, and world class talent to bring it all together.

 

We’re Hiring Computational Linguist / Natural Language Processing Expert!

Calling all talented computation linguist (CL) experts and Natural Language Processing (NLP) authorities.

Are you passionate about solving real world problems with advanced machine learning methods?

Agoda is looking for a Computational Linguist / Natural Language Processing expert to join the core data science team that builds data centric features for the Agoda website.

Your contributions will affect millions of our customers and will have a direct impact on our business results.

We have a lot of textual content (mainly flowing from our user reviews and properties descriptions) and we want you to help us transform our content into great products.

Here is a small sample of text based products you would be building:

  • Answering free text queries about our properties (first step toward full blown chat bots)
  • Generating targeted rich text ads for our properties
  • Generating descriptions where they are missing (based on photos, reviews, etc.)
  • Translating our reviews in to all the languages we support (50+ languages)

Agoda has deep and rich data sets, many still untapped, and your real passion for the craft of statistics and machine learning has the power to unlock tangible business growth.

About you:

  • You are a machine learning guru with at least 2 years of experience (5 years preferred).
  • You hold an academic quantitative degree, preferably a PhD (not a requirement but a big plus).
  • You have 1-year plus product oriented experience in NLP / computational linguistics.
  • You are an advanced coder in Python/Java/Scala/C++/C#

Additionally, if you have any of the following it would be great:

  • You're a web-scale structured/unstructured data magician (pulling, cleaning, imputing, transforming, dimension reducing, down sampling, visualizing, dashboarding, SMOTEing, …)
  • You have real world Machine Learning or Deep Learning experience and you're an A/B testing champion (namely, experience in a test driven ML/DL product environment)
  • You have experience with external language corpora
  • You have a good knowledge of what’s “Under the hood” of statistical methods and machine learning.
  • You hold a successful NLP/CL product building track record (chat-bots, information retrieval / extraction, question answering, document classification / clustering, topic analysis, part-of-speech tagging, machine translation, name entity recognition, sentiment analysis, spam detection, …)
  • A solid personal ML education plan
  • (Nice to have: SQL, humor, blogging, Kaggle, online learning).

 

Agoda are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

We welcome both local and international applications for this role. Full visa sponsorship and relocation assistance available for eligible candidates. 


See Inside the Office of Agoda

As one of the fastest-growing online hotel platforms, Agoda is transforming travel for millions of customers around the globe. With its web and mobile products that combine local knowledge and connections to provide the best deals for business and leisure travelers, Agoda strives to make travel affordable, accessible, and easily available to its worldwide customer base.


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