Senior Data Scientist

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About you

You’re an analytical problem-solver ready to put your skills toward purposeful work that has a global impact. You want to lead the way in innovation, exploring the latest technologies and finding new solutions. You thrive in a collaborative environment and are eager to work with and learn alongside the best in Product, Design, and Engineering.

About this role

As a Senior Data Scientist on the Globalization team, you will build scalable search algorithms fueled by machine learning, natural language processing and data-driven processes. You will collaborate with other Data Scientists, Product Managers and engineers to improve Udemy’s search product. We have an exciting road map ahead of us and this is a unique opportunity to build robust and powerful search systems at scale.

What you'll be doing

  • You will develop innovative approaches to build data products, implement fast prototypes and production-grade data pipelines to power ML-based data products.
  • You will build offline evaluation strategies and curate datasets to benchmark multi-lingual search use-cases.
  • You will maintain and monitor complex data pipelines.
  • You will form product hypotheses, implement metrics and design A/B experiments to quantitatively measure product success.
  • You will stay at the cutting edge of advancements in data science, NLP, LLMs, machine learning, and prompt engineering.
  • You will communicate project status to non-technical stakeholders.
  • You will guide and inspire junior data scientists and engineers, shaping the future of our department and fostering a culture of continuous innovation and learning.

What you’ll have

  • 5+ years of full-time experience with machine learning, data science or equivalent.
  • Strong knowledge of statistics, machine learning, and natural language processing and hands-on experience in a variety of fundamental methods like regression, classification, clustering using libraries like scikit-learn, LightGBM etc.
  • A solid understanding of analytics, statistics, and probability. This includes familiarity with statistical tests, distributions, and data analysis techniques and effectively interpreting and communicating statistical information.
  • Proficiency with SQL and 1+ programming languages (e.g. Python).
  • We understand that not everyone will match each of the above qualifications. However, we also realize that everyone has unique experiences that can add value to our company. Even if you think your background might not perfectly align, we'd love to hear from you!

Nice to haves

  • Experience with information retrieval tools such as Elasticsearch or Solr.
  • Experience with deep learning frameworks (e.g. PyTorch, HuggingFace).
  • Experience building products using LLMs. Knowledge of prompting techniques, prompt-tuning, Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG).
  • Experience with vector search libraries or databases.
  • Experience with big data storage and processing frameworks such as Hadoop, Hive, and Spark.
  • Experience with cloud computing platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform is advantageous.
  • Experience with visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BI.

Life at Udemy

We aspire to be as vibrant and dynamic as the communities we serve, as inquisitive as those who use our platform, and as revolutionary as the future we strive to open for everyone. Here are some of the things we love about life at Udemy:

We’re invested in creating an inclusive environment that welcomes a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. From creating employee resource groups, ensuring we’re a Fair Pay Workplace, and building a flexible work culture, our belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI) initiatives always put our people first. We want you to be able to bring your authentic self to work because when we all do, we’re better for it.

  • Learning is what we do inside and out. Our Learning & Development team is second to none, helping ensure your journey is one of continuous progression. You’ll also have unlimited access to Udemy courses, monthly UDays (meeting-free professional development days), and a generous annual professional development stipend.
  • Our reason to exist is to revolutionize learning that calls for taking risks and learning from failures. Whether it’s our hackathons (a company-wide effort to envision new possibilities for our product) or sharing our prototypes, we see experimentation as a crucial step on the path to success.
  • We’re committed to creating world-class employee experiences and are proud of the recognition of this by Great Place to Work.

Of course, the best thing about being part of Udemy is knowing your work makes a difference for people and organizations around the world. You’ve got the skills; why not use them to help others develop theirs.

At Udemy, we value diversity and inclusion and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability.

Our Benefits Start With U

Our benefits package at Udemy “starts with U” and is grounded in mission-driven benefits that intentionally align with our core values. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few highlighted benefits if you’re a full-time Udemate based in the India:

  • Core Benefits: Comprehensive medical, life and income protection coverage
  • Parental Benefits: Financial assistance for fertility (including egg-freezing), adoption, and surrogacy expenses; twelve weeks of paid family bonding for birth, surrogacy, adoption, and foster placement. 26 weeks paid maternity leave for birthing parents as well as a two-week ease-back program that enables parents to return part-time at full pay
  • Whole U: Fully paid memberships for meditation/mindfulness, therapy/coaching visits, financial planning, fertility and family building, maternity and newborn care, parenting and pediatrics, menopause care, breastmilk shipping, and caregiving support
  • Learning: Free access to Udemy and Udemy Business plus a yearly stipend to spend on professional development
  • Retirement: 12% of your base salary or INR 1,800 per month
  • Charitable Giving: Corporate charitable match for eligible nonprofits and charities

Company Info.


Udemy, Inc. is an education technology company that provides an online learning and teaching platform. It was founded in May 2010 by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani, and Oktay Caglar. As of June 2023, the platform has 64 million learners, over 210,000 courses, and more than 75,000 instructors teaching courses in nearly 75 languages, with over 870 million course enrollments.

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    Online education - Edtech
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    San Francisco, CA, USA
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