Research Intern (PhD) at Cohere

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Research Intern (PhD)


Who are we?
Our mission is to scale intelligence to serve humanity. We’re training and deploying frontier models for developers and enterprises who are building AI systems to power magical experiences like semantic search, RAG, and agents. We believe that our work is instrumental to the widespread adoption of AI.

We obsess over what we build. Each one of us is responsible for contributing to increasing the capabilities of our models and the value they drive for our customers. We like to work hard and move fast to do what’s best for our customers.

Cohere is a team of researchers, engineers, designers, and more, who are passionate about their craft. Each person is the one of the best in the world at what they do. We believe that a diverse range of perspectives is a requirement for building great products.

Join us on our mission and shape the future!

Why this role?

To have the opportunity to collaborate with Cohere researchers and tools on designing and implementing novel research ideas and shipping state-of-the-art models to production. We have openings in teams covering base model training, retrieval augmented generation, data and evaluation, safety, and finetuning, to name a few; and we are open to receiving intern applications in any research area relating to LLMs to broaden your research connections while obtaining deep experience in a growing AI startup. 

Please Note: To be eligible for a Research Internship, you must be currently pursuing a PhD in Machine Learning, NLP, or a related discipline. You need to be available for a full-time internship that lasts for 4-6 months. We have offices in Toronto, San Francisco, New York, and London but embrace being remote-friendly! There are no restrictions on where you can be located for this role.

As a Cohere Research Intern, you will:

  • Conduct cutting-edge machine learning research, building and training large language models. 
  • Focus on research projects aimed at expanding the frontier of knowledge in language modelling and associate areas such as evaluation, multimodal models, optimisation etc.
  • Disseminate your research results through the production of publications, datasets, and code.
  • Contribute to research initiatives that have practical applications in Cohere’s product development. 
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    You may be a good fit if you:

  • Are currently pursuing, or in the process of obtaining, a PhD in Machine Learning, NLP, Artificial Intelligence, or a related discipline. We will also consider exceptional non-PhD candidates.
  • Are eligible for work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization throughout the internship period. 
  • Have experience using large-scale distributed training strategies, data annotation and evaluation pipelines, or implementing state of the art ML models.
  • Are familiar with autoregressive sequence models, such as Transformers.
  • Have strong communication and problem-solving skills with the ability to convey complex research findings clearly and succinctly. 
  • Have knowledge, or are knowledgeable, of programming languages such as Python, C, C++, Lua, or related languages.
  • Have knowledge of related ML frameworks such as JAX, Pytorch and Tensorflow.
  • Have previous experience in building systems based on machine learning and deep learning techniques. 
  • Demonstrate passion for applied NLP models and products.
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    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise through publications in top tier venues in fields such as machine learning, NLP, artificial intelligence, computer vision, optimization, computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, or data science. 
  • Proven ability to tackle analytical problems using quantitative methodologies. 
  • Proficiency in handling and analysing complex, high-dimensional data from various sources.
  • Experience in applying theoretical and empirical research to real-world problem-solving.
  • If some of the above doesn’t line up perfectly with your experience, we still encourage you to apply! If you consider yourself a thoughtful worker, a lifelong learner, and a kind and playful team member, Cohere is the place for you.

    We value and celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive work environment for all. We welcome applicants of all kinds and are committed to providing an equal opportunity process. Cohere provides accessibility accommodations during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

    Our Perks:
    🤝 An open and inclusive culture and work environment 
    🧑‍💻 Work closely with a team on the cutting edge of AI research 
    🍽 Free daily lunch 
    🦷 Full health and dental benefits, including a separate budget to take care of your mental health 
    🎨 Personal enrichment benefits towards arts and culture, fitness and well-being
    🏙 Remote-flexible, offices in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London and coworking stipends
    ✈️ Paid vacation

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