Research Scientist, Speech Recognition

Machine Learning /
Health care is all about conversations, with over 2B spoken conversations each year between patients and their care teams in just the United States. However, people forget up to 80% of those conversations, leading to worse patient outcomes. And doctors are burning out writing notes in their EMRs instead of focusing on their patients. That’s where Abridge comes in — our audio-based standalone and integrated solutions record and summarize medical conversations, anywhere care happens.

From transcribing medical parts of the conversation to delivering key takeaways, our trailblazing work in machine learning research makes the Abridge experience possible. We're currently looking for a research scientist with experience in speech recognition to help us improve the performance and robustness of our transcription modules.

What You'll Do:

    • Research and implement speech recognition algorithms and methods
    • Create language models from large corpora of medical text data
    • Perform data preprocessing and define performance measures based on development and test sets
    • Implement and improve tools, algorithms, and prototypes
    • Be responsible for measuring and optimizing the quality of your algorithms

Who You Are:

    • Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, or similar with specialization in speech recognition or machine learning
    • 2+ years experience in building speech recognition systems
    • Deep knowledge of ASR technologies such as acoustic modeling, language modeling, neural networks, HMM, WFST, and feature extraction
    • Hands-on experience in ASR tool kits such as Sphinx, Kaldi, HTK, or Julius

Ideally, You Have:

    • Research work or publications pertaining to applying deep learning methods to speech recognition
    • Deep fluency in academic fields relevant to speech recognition

Why work at Abridge?

    • Be a part of a trailblazing, mission driven organization that uses audio as the wedge to improve the healthcare delivery experience
    • Unlimited PTO, plus 12 national holidays
    • Comprehensive and generous benefits package:
    • 100% coverage of employee medical, dental and vision
      75% coverage for dependent medical, dental and vision
      401k program
    • 16 weeks paid parental leave, for all employees
    • Flexible working hours — we care more about what you accomplish than what specific hours you’re working
    • Remote work environment
    • Equity for all new employees
    • Generous equipment budget for your home office setup ($1600)
    • Opportunity to work and grow with talented individuals, and have ownership and impact at a high growth startup.
    • Plus much more!
Remote, with most team members in the US Eastern time zone. We are family- and life-friendly and believe in flexible work hours. We care more about what you accomplish than what specific hours you’re working. Post-pandemic, remote team members may be asked to travel for team events a few times each year.

Life at Abridge

At Abridge, we’re driven by our mission to bring understanding and follow-through to every medical conversation. Our culture is founded on doing things the “inverse” way in a legacy system—focusing on patients, instead of the system; focusing on outcomes, instead of billing; and focusing on the end-user experience, instead of a hospital administrator's mandate.
Abridgers are engineers, scientists, designers, and health policy experts from a diverse set of backgrounds—an experiment in alchemy that helps us transform an industry dominated by EHRs and enterprise into a consumer-driven experience, one recording at a time. We believe in strong ideas, loosely held, and place a high premium on a growth mindset. We push each other to grow and expose each other to the latest in our respective fields. Whether it’s holding a PhD-level deep dive into understanding fairness and underlying bias in machine learning models, debating the merits of a Scandinavian design philosophy in our UI/UX, or writing responses for Medicare rules to influence U.S. health policy, we prioritize sharing our findings across the team and believe that "you need to taste good things to have good taste."
Abridge is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do. We actively welcome applicants from all backgrounds (including but not limited to race, gender, educational background, and sexual orientation).