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Sr Fundamental Researcher

Element AI

Element AI

Montreal, QC, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Company Description

At ServiceNow, our technology makes the world work for everyone, and our people make it possible. We move fast because the world can’t wait, and we innovate in ways no one else can for our customers and communities. By joining ServiceNow, you are part of an ambitious team of change makers who have a restless curiosity and a drive for ingenuity. We know that your best work happens when you live your best life and share your unique talents, so we do everything we can to make that possible. We dream big together, supporting each other to make our individual and collective dreams come true. The future is ours, and it starts with you.

With more than 7,700+ customers, we serve approximately 85% of the Fortune 500®, and we're proud to be one of FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World's Most Admired Companies™.

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Job Description

The Conversational Assistant program (CAT) at ServiceNow Research is exploring how Conversational AI Assistants will improve the productivity of knowledge workers in all industries. For ServiceNow, this means delighted end-users, more productive instance admins, and more empowered citizen developers. The Conversational Assistant program trailblazes the conversion of LLMs into competent and reliable assistants. We research and prototype trustworthy assistants that help you achieve your goals with the most appropriate tools. We are actively seeking collaborators and interns. The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Task-oriented dialog and semantic parsing
  • Interactive code generation
  • Compute- and memory-efficient LLMs
  • Retrieval-augmented LLMs
  • Lightweight LLM adaptation for downstream tasks
  • Using LLM for data synthesis
  • Large context transformers, transformers with memory
  • Controllable AI, chain-of-thought methods, integration with symbolic AI
  • Trust-worthy natural language generation; combatting hallucinations

Research scientists contribute to the flagship projects of the team, set up their own research agenda within the topics of the research team, supervise interns, and collaborate with their colleagues and the global AI community. We expect all research scientists to also be capable of writing, maintaining, troubleshooting, and optimizing the research software that they work with.

Research scientists are also responsible to be on top of the latest trends and discoveries and for sharing their knowledge with their colleagues through internal communications and collaborative projects.

Research scientists are also responsible to act as scientific advisors for other teams in need of their expertise and contribute to the products of the company.


In order to be successful in this role, we need someone who has:

  • A Ph.D. in machine learning, deep learning, computer science, artificial intelligence, or a related field.
  • Preferred: 2 years of research experience post-Ph.D.
  • A getting-things-done mindset with a desire to push the boundary of fundamental knowledge
  • Experience in large language models and optionally in multimodal representation learning, reinforcement learning, graphs, time series, computer vision, etc.
  • Experience and mastery of scientific programming with Python and Numpy, and optionally also with Java, JavaScript, or R.
  • Experience and mastery of deep learning programming in Pytorch and optionally with Tensorflow.
  • Experience contributing to research communities and/or efforts including publishing papers at top international conferences such as (ACL, EMNLP, NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML, CVPR, etc.)
  • Desire to work in a diversified team.

Additional Information

ServiceNow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

At ServiceNow, we lead with flexibility and trust in our distributed world of work. Click here to learn about our work personas: flexible, remote and required-in-office.

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