Research Scholar

Cohere For AI – Research /
Intern/Apprenticeship, Remote
/ Remote
Who are we?
Cohere is focused on building and deploying large language model (LLM) AI into enterprises in a safe and responsible way that drives human productivity, and creates magical new ways to interact with technology and real business value. We’re a team of highly motivated and experienced engineers, innovators, and disruptors looking to change the face of technology.

Our goals are ambitious, but also concrete and practical. Cohere wants to fundamentally change how businesses operate, making everyone more productive and able to focus on doing better what they do best. Every day, our team breaks new ground, as we build transformational AI technology and products for enterprise and developers to harness the power of LLMs.

Cohere was founded by three global leaders in AI development, including our CEO, Aidan Gomez, who co-created the Transformer, which makes LLMs possible. Collectively, we're driven by the belief that our technology has the potential to revolutionize the way enterprises, their employees, and customers engage with technology through language.

Cohere’s broader research team is world-renowned, having contributed to the development of sentence transformers for semantic search, dynamic adversarial data collection and red teaming, and retrieval augmented generation, often referred to as “RAG,” among other technological breakthroughs.

We have been deliberate in assembling a team of operational leaders with industry-leading experience, with backgrounds working at the most sophisticated, demanding, and respected enterprises in the world. Cohere’s operational leaders have built, scaled, and led multi-billion product lines and businesses at Google, Apple, Rakuten, YouTube, AWS, and Cisco.

The Cohere team is a collective from all walks of life, from people who left college to start businesses, to some of the most experienced people from globally renowned companies. We believe a diverse team is the key to a safer, more responsible technology, and that different experiences and backgrounds enable us to tackle problems from all angles and avoid blindspots.

There’s no better time to play a role in defining the future of AI, and its impact on the world.

Why this role?

Cohere For AI is the dedicated research arm of Cohere. The Cohere For AI research lab seeks to solve complex machine learning problems by supporting fundamental research that explores the unknown. We are focused on creating more points of entry into machine learning research because we believe technology is powerful, and empowering different perspectives ensures responsible innovation.

The Cohere For AI Scholars Program is an 8-month, full-time research apprenticeship. The Scholars Program runs from January 8, 2024 - August 23, 2024. This program pairs aspiring machine learning researchers with world class NLP research experts and an outstanding engineering team to collaborate on innovative machine learning research projects. The majority of our scholar projects this year focus on NLP problems at scale, ranging from questions about efficiency, generalization, responsible AI and data quality. Scholars will have the support of an experienced research team and access to cutting-edge AI technology as they contribute to projects at the forefront of machine learning research.

We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, regardless of previous academic experience. Different from last year during our inaugural scholar cohort, we will accept scholars who have previously published. We received meaningful feedback that this was an imperfect measure, and excluded aspiring researchers who face great obstacles in entering the field of machine learning. However, we remind applicants that our goal is to be the first door to open for someone starting out. If you already have considerable research experience, this program is not suitable for you.

For more information on the Cohere For AI Scholars Program, please click here.

On August 15th we hosted a virtual information session that provided a Scholars Program overview and Q&A session. Check out the replay video here

Please note - this posting is no longer accepting applications.

As a Research Scholar, you will:

    • Collaborate with the Cohere engineering team on machine learning and natural language processing research projects, with the goal of releasing published papers or open source code.
    • Contribute to the advancement of meaningful scholarship in the machine learning and natural language processing space

You may be a good fit:

    • You have a strong engineering background, as demonstrated by regular contributions to open source projects, past work experience, or a portfolio
    • You are passionate about open-ended problems
    • Strong communication and problem-solving skills
If some of the above doesn’t line up perfectly with your experience, we still encourage you to apply! If you consider yourself a thoughtful worker, a lifelong learner, and a kind and playful team member, Cohere is the place for you.

We welcome applicants of all kinds and are committed to providing both an equal opportunity process and work environment. We value and celebrate diversity and strive to create an inclusive work environment for all.

Our Perks:
🤝 An open and inclusive culture and work environment 
🧑‍💻 Work closely with a team on the cutting edge of AI research 
🍽 Free daily lunch 
🦷 Full health and dental benefits, including a separate budget to take care of your mental health 
🎨 Personal enrichment benefits towards arts and culture, fitness and well-being
🏙 Remote-flexible, offices in Toronto, Palo Alto, and London and coworking stipend
✈️ Paid vacation and shared Canada/US/UK holidays