Junior Machine Learning Engineer

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27th November 2023




£27900 - £36300



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Help us revolutionise English language learning and assessment! 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Marking and Results Capability team for a Junior Machine Learning Engineer to join our NLP team. The team is primarily responsible for developing automated assessment capabilities for use within CUP&A's English-as-a-second-language assessment portfolio. 

The team of Natural Language Processing Engineers work closely with Cambridge University's Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA), to develop existing technologies and use cutting edge research to create new ones. This is an exciting opportunity to work with, and learn from, world-leading NLP researchers - solving educational problems with machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.  


About the role  

As a Junior Machine Learning Engineer you will contribute to systems based on state-of-the-art natural language processing and machine learning. You will work with researchers at Cambridge University to push the boundaries of what is possible with computational linguistics. Using these discoveries, you will build operational systems with software engineers at English Language iTutoring (ELiT), transforming products and services that help people learn English.


Key Accountabilities

Help support and maintain currently deployed NLP-based systems (e.g., automarkers). Update and deploy for new datasets to improve performance and support new use-cases. 

Respond to queries regarding the effectiveness of NLP systems in specific contexts, and where needed, develop deployable solutions as fixes. 

Help develop and enhance analysis and evaluation pipelines for NLP solutions 

Contribute to cross-team projects (e.g., involving product teams, academic researchers) that prototype, integrate and deploy novel ML/NLP solutions. 

Work with data engineers, web developers and enterprise architects to build and support pipelines and infrastructure to support NLP solutions. 

Contribute to research that positions Cambridge English as thought leaders in language assessment and learning, particularly in the application of AI to these areas. 


About you 

The successful candidate will have a Computer-Science based degree where a substantial part of the course was focused on natural language processing or speech processing.  

You will have excellent computer programming skills and be proficient at coding in Python and Java.  

We are looking for someone who can work on technical and complex problems, and who is familiar with text pre-processing and normalisation techniques, as well as familiarity with machine learning principles and algorithms. 

If you would like to know more about this opportunity and what will make you successful, please see the full job description attached to the bottom of this vacancy on our careers site.  


Rewards and benefits 

We will support you to be at your best in work and to live well outside of it. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a world-class, flexible rewards package, featuring family-friendly and planet-friendly benefits including: 

 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays 

Private medical and Permanent Health Insurance  

Discretionary annual bonus  

Group personal pension scheme 

Life assurance up to 4 x annual salary  

Green travel schemes  


We are a hybrid working organisation, and we offer a range of flexible working options from day one. We expect most hybrid-working colleagues to spend 40-60% of their time at their dedicated office or location. We will also consider other work arrangements if you wish to work more flexibly or require adjustments due to a disability. 


Ready to pursue your potential? Apply now.  

We review applications on an ongoing basis, with a closing date for all applications on the 11th December, with an exercise to be sent to the shortlisted applicants to complete before the 2nd of January, and interviews to follow shortly after. 

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS due to working in a regulated industry.  


Why join us 

Joining us is your opportunity to pursue potential. You'll belong to a collaborative team that's exploring new and better ways to serve students, teachers and researchers across the globe - for the benefit of individuals, society and the world. Sharing our mission will inspire your own growth, development and progress, in an environment which embraces difference, change and aspiration.  

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where everyone has a voice, and where we learn continuously to improve together. Ensuring that everyone feels they belong is essential to who we are, and to the contribution we make to society and our planet.  

We believe better outcomes come through diversity of thought, background and approach. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities, actively seeking to employ people from a wide range of different communities.  


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