Head of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML)

Join our team's mission to create robots that help people reach their full potential!

Embodied, Inc. is a technology company with the conviction that the next big wave of technology will be driven by human-machine interfaces that are socially aware and intelligent.

Embodied’s veteran team of technologists, neuroscientists, child development specialists, and creative storytellers have been entirely reinventing human-machine interaction to enable realistic and intuitive interactions similar to humans. Through extensive research, they developed a breakthrough technology platform, SocialX™, that incorporates advanced AI and machine-learning to support fluid conversation, body language, eye contact, and emotions.

The first iteration of this technology is Moxie™, an animated companion for children developed to help promote social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Recognized by TIME magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2020, Moxie™ has been called “the robot pal you dreamed of as a kid” (Wired Magazine), “the robot that could be your child’s or parent’s new best friend” (Fast Company), and “a technically impressive childhood robot” (TechCrunch). You can learn all about Moxie™ and see how Embodied (one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021) works at: embodied.com


Position Summary

Lead our development and research efforts to advance revolutionary robot experience for children like you have never experienced before. Embodied is looking to add an outstanding Head of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) to our growing technical team.


Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the team in a well-defined project management strategy and coordinate the planning and execution of technical deliverables
  • Lead design, research, and implementation of state-of-the-art conversational AI systems to enable organic, emotionally responsive conversations
  • Push the envelope on current conversational AI technology and develop new capabilities for our interactive robot platform
  • Lead development, evaluation, and maintenance of dialog management solutions to identify regressions, and propose solutions to complex conversational problems
  • Work collaboratively with and lead:
    • A team of top machine learning and AI experts to improve and personalize user perception and experience
    • Domain experts to implement interactive and conversational features and behaviors
    • Creative team of writers, UX designers, and animators to develop engaging multimodal content


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD (or equivalent professional experience) in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or similar.
  • 5+ years of professional experience building robust conversational AI or dialog management systems from scratch to scale
  • 3+ years of leadership experience
  • End-to-end experience working with conversational systems designed for voice driven interactivity (both ML and symbolic AI based solutions)
  • Experience in deploying and maintaining ML solutions for interactive technologies
  • Experience in developing and building upon existing chatbot frameworks (e.g., ParlAI, Rasa, HuggingFace, etc.) as well as ML frameworks (e.g., PyTorch, Tensorflow)
  • Experience in machine learning techniques applied to dialog management and natural language understanding problems, such as entity extraction and linking, semantic parsing, and conversation analysis
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively lead and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team


Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience with publications at leading conferences or journals, such as ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, ICML, NeurIPS, or TPAMI
  • Experience leveraging existing knowledge databases and language corpora
  • Experience developing conversational AI solutions for IoT devices
  • Excellent programming skills in C++, C#, Java, or Python
  • A love of developing and playing text and dialog-based games like Zork, Façade, and Torment Series


At Embodied, we support diversity and we are an equal opportunity workplace. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes compensation, health benefits, employee stock options, 401(k) match, flexible PTO, and flexible schedules. We are a dynamic and diverse team that likes to push the status quo. 

Location:  Pasadena, CA. But exceptional remote applicants may be considered.

Contact us: join@embodied.me