Principal Ai Scientist - Computer Vision (Advanced Machine Learning Lab)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 15, 2021
Jan 27, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time

As a Principal AI Scientist with Target AI (advanced algorithm team) - you'll develop artificial intelligence models and algorithms that change the game in our retail data business. You'll work closely with peer data scientists and business partners to continuously learn more about our business and particularly develop a deep understanding of the various processes we have in play. You will partner with ML Engineers and scientists on peer teams to build and productionize solutions for our business needs including design, development, deployment, and maintenance of algorithms and models.

As a Principal, you will work with the CIO, AI team leadership and business partners to define product roadmaps that advance our ecosystem and solve large scale retail challenges.

Advanced Machine Learning team specifically focuses on exploring, developing and applying modern Computer Vision (CV), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Reinforcement Learning (RL) based techniques to solve complex business problems within the enterprise. We aim to develop these solutions to be tangible, practical, scalable and efficient, whilst also making them directly available to our business team users, hence allowing us to quickly respond to Guest needs.

In this role as a Principal AI Scientist on the Advanced Machine Learning team, you will:
  • Be a technical leader architecting effective AI/ML driven solutions for business problems
  • Be a subject matter expert in the fields of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing
  • Be the voice of reason in advocating scalable AI/ML solutions to impact our business by improving our ability to serve our Guests
  • Create classic and deep models for CV and NLP; and develop (training/inference) code involving deep learning, transfer learning, hyper parameter tuning
  • Influence and lead the team in creating scalable and observable system architectures, associated with appropriate containerized training/inference modules, CI/CD pipelines as well as model testing and monitoring procedures
  • Mentor and coach technical team members
  • Partner with POs and business teams in finding new opportunities (where CV and NLP can have a meaningful impact to Target), in defining the problem, and in scoping the technical solutions including technology roadmap, architecture, and skills required
  • Ideate, in collaboration with other leaders in AI Foundations, new directions of work within AMLC and broader AI Foundations
  • Closely collaborate with partners from AI portfolio teams such as Personalization (Digital & Marketing) and Demand Forecasting (Merchandizing)
  • Develop and drive best practices and processes across the board
  • Coordinate the analysis, troubleshooting, and resolution of issues in our software and the broader infrastructure

What we're looking for:
  • MS/PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science or related major or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years of experience in modeling and algorithm design
  • Significant expertise in computer vision/image
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linear algebra, statistics, deep learning, transfer learning, image embeddings, text embeddings, etc.
  • Highly proficient in Python and JVM ecosystem (Java, Scala, and/or Kotlin)
  • Experienced in using frameworks such as PyTorch and Tensorflow
  • Deep understanding of data structures and algorithms
  • Ability to test, measure algorithms/models, design and orchestrate suitable ML Ops practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Bonus Points:
  • You have deployed models with large-scale business impact in commercial setting
  • Experience with large event-driven distributed systems and multi-threaded applications
  • Strong understanding of reinforcement learning or related areas both in theory and practice

Why work with us at Target?
  • You will work directly on the AI problems that have the most impact on Target's entire supply chain, forecasting and merchandising.
  • We love open source! Many of our team members contribute to open source communities and get to do it during work time. We try to contribute back to our communities where we can and are grateful to be able to open source some of our own projects!
  • We value diversity. We believe that diversity and inclusion is of core importance when try to create positive in-store experiences for our guests, and we think it is also critically important when building our teams. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • We value our team members for who they are, not just what they can get done. We treat out team members like people, not like cogs in a machine. We are parents, hobbyists, enthusiasts, family members, and community members, and can offer flexibility to our team members' schedules and work arrangements so that they can flourish both inside and outside of work.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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