AI/ML - Applied Research Engineer, Machine Translation

Seattle, Washington, United States
Machine Learning and AI


Role Number:200299513
Would you like to play a critical part in the next revolution of human-computer interaction? The Apple machine translation team is building groundbreaking technology that enables connecting people across language barriers. We are looking for an Applied Research Engineer who is passionate about developing and optimizing solutions to create, maintain and ship scalable and high-quality model assets for a multitude of languages that power Apple's Machine Translation products such as Translate App, Safari web translation and system-wide translation.

Key Qualifications

  • Strong programming and software engineering skills (Python, C++, Java, or equivalent)
  • Experience in building machine translation, speech recognition or natural language processing systems
  • Proven track record of working with Big Data: knowledge in distributed data processing frameworks is a must
  • Ability to manage complex processes across multiple stakeholders like engineering and research teams
  • Excellent communication skills and team player
  • Motivation to build the best products for Apple's customers
  • Develop large-scale model training pipelines in distributed computing environments
  • Maintain and optimize release schedules for model rollouts in various languages
  • Build robust tooling to support flexible quality checks for supported/new language pairs
  • Support teams in systematically managing various data assets and system resources
  • Keep track of experiments and results over time per task and language
  • Coordinate data acquisition efforts for new languages


Apple's Machine Translation is embedded into several products across the iOS, iPadOS, and macOS ecosystem: from Translate App that is used to communicate across different languages to system-wide translation that allows you to quickly translate any highlighted text into an ever growing list of languages. Your role will be instrumental in applying and improving training pipelines that allow for rapid expansion into supporting new languages. You will be part of a motivated and dynamic team that is responsible for managing data acquisition projects, training neural machine translation models, and driving evaluation criteria that help to establish an unprecedented translation quality in all of Apple's MT products.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field is required. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 2+ years of experience in software engineering Experience in machine learning, machine translation, or natural language processing is a plus Distributed Cloud Computing Experience Is A Plus

Additional Requirements