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Research Scientist

software research and engineering | Palo Alto, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Research Scientist with machine learning expertise in computer vision, control and human interaction


About the Job

PARC researchers harness leading scientific developments to create high impact real-world breakthroughs. They work in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues partner with academia and work with leading brand name companies around the world. The Machine Learning group at PARC is a key, growing research group with expertise in statistical machine learning, probabilistic graphical modeling, computer vision, data mining for big data, diagnostics, and simulation. Efforts in the ML area cover a range of technology maturity, from advanced  algorithm formulation all the way to embedded software implementation on physical hardware platforms. The ML group has led or played a key role in projects spanning various application domains such as  cyber security, fraud detection and insider threat detection; learning and analytics for the internet of things and smart products; health care analytics and decision support; and business automation systems for both electronic and physical real-world tasks.
We are currently seeking a research scientist with machine learning expertise in computer vision, control and human interaction to join our team of researchers currently engaged in developing novel self-learning methods for autonomous agents in unstructured environments under weak supervision. The goal is to develop agents that can efficiently use experience with the environment and informal observations of skilled human performance to develop effective policies. Applications include physio-therapy coaching, automated customer care, cyber threat detection, user behavior and preference modeling, packing of heterogeneous objects and general office automation. The ideal candidate  can work independently and should enjoy learning and applying deep technical concepts to novel problems, exchanging and refining ideas with colleagues, and assisting a diverse and changing set of clients turn solution concepts into high-impact products.

* Design, develop, and deliver innovative approaches, algorithms, methods, and models
* Design and deliver software prototypes
* Contribute to efforts on engaging customers and proposal development
* Participate in scientific community by staying up to date on the frontier of science and publishing significant papers on theory and applications
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Statistics
Experience in machine learning and data mining with focus on one or more of the following areas: computer vision, deep learning, reinforcement learning, imitation learning, active learning, robotics
Experience working with unstructured data sources such as images or text
Experience in scientific programming, algorithm design and development


Experience in writing grant proposals
Good presentation and written communication skills
Commitment to developing quality software
Experience with Python, Java, C++, R, or other high-level programming languages


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K). PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see


About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or  belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with PARC should contact PARC Human Resources.