The world is changing at an accelerating rate. But we cannot take in the information fast enough, let alone make sense of it. We are fundamentally limited by the speed at which we read and write — the speed of human thought. The challenges facing decision-makers today require a radically new technology.

Primer is at the forefront of the natural language processing revolution. Our artificial intelligence platform is capable of reading text at a rate of millions of documents per hour, extracting information and updating a knowledge graph of billions of entities. It is capable of answering natural language questions and generating the first draft of natural language analytical reports in seconds. Our mission is to empower our customers by vastly reducing the cost of curiosity. What once took days of research can happen instantly.

Our customers include some of the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies in the world. You can learn more about Primer’s technology and the problems we solve at our blog, as well as in recent media coverage of our work.

As a Research Scientist at Primer, you will be the bridge between academic research and real-world application. You will contribute to science, but you will also ship production-ready code and models. You’ll keep an eye on the scientific literature, hunting for key progress and ideas for the next experiments. The team counts on you to help maintain scientific rigor, not only in your own work but through your thoughtful peer review and mentoring. And we are not an island. You will take part in scientific conferences, get to know the leading researchers in our industry, and contribute to the astounding deep learning revolution we find ourselves in!


A day in the life of a Research Scientist at Primer includes …

  • … replicating that deep learning experiment just published by a famous lab to see if it’s just hype
  • … launching a high-risk, high-payoff experiment of your own with Primer’s vast data
  • … doing peer review on your colleague’s new experiment and helping her crack a stubborn problem
  • … making just one more tweak to that transformer model to improve its efficiency
  • … giving a presentation of your research at an international conference, and chatting up the next great scientist we should hire

We like:

  • Curiosity and enthusiasm, and a love for teaching and learning
  • Strong programming skills, especially Python
  • Masters/Ph.D. in a scientific field and hands-on research experience
  • Skills in data exploration and visualization
  • Experience applying machine learning algorithms to real data, preferably text
  • Experience with PyTorch
  • Experience taking ambiguous problems and delivering creative solutions
  • A real joy for working collaboratively

Added Bonus

  • Experience publishing papers, presenting work at conferences, and taking part in peer review
  • Experience with ElasticSearch and Postgres
  • Foreign language proficiency / fluency

What We Offer

  • Rapidly growing company, with plentiful opportunities to grow into leadership roles
  • 401K
  • Health, Dental, Vision Benefits
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Smart, passionate co-workers who want to deliver the best outcomes
  • An honest and open environment for the exchange of ideas
  • Fortune 50 companies and globally recognized institutions as customers
  • Learning and teaching opportunities via individual book allowances, tech talks, and brown bag lunches
  • Team virtual offsites like escape rooms and company happy hours
  • Fun, puzzle-loving office (post covid) in the SF Financial District

Primer is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Please see the United States Department of Labor’s EEO poster and EEO poster supplement for additional information.

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Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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