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Artificial Intelligence Principal Research Scientist

Job Location: CA - San Francisco

Regional Description: West

Job Number: 00461817


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Organization: Operations  

Location: San Jose, CA


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People in the Innovation & Thought Leadership career track drive asset innovation and marketplace reputation within a specific area of expertise. They grow into thought leadership roles, by increasing the depth of their expertise and reputation as an expert or innovator, and can progress either in role, laterally, or upward.


Research professionals apply deep research and analysis expertise, shaping research, analysis and insights that enable Accenture and our clients to generate global impact through identification, development and implementation of proprietary and innovative ideas.


Job Description


Do you have the skills and know-how to lead Accenture’s R&D team to develop and implement new generation solutions? In this role you will lead a team of research and platform engineers as you work with global teams and subject matter experts to deliver strategic cognitive computing projects from design, prototype to deployment and operation. If you’re ready to be part of this cutting edge field of research, then read on and apply; we’d love to discuss our Principal Research Scientist opportunity with you.


No two days at Accenture are the same but, as the Principal Research Scientist, you’ll frequently be called upon to:

  • Manages the entire lifecycle of a research project by working with business experts, helping identify the business value, and leading research and platform engineers to develop prototypes and pilot implementations for clients
  • Creates solutions by using Accenture’s global network, Accenture tech labs, our open innovation initiative, and Accenture Analytics
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the R&D team
  • Follows multiple approaches on projects by adapting existing assets, exploring 3rd party and open source solutions and engaging in fundamental research
  • Contributes to Accenture’s internal and external publications, write articles for leading journals and be a speaker or panelist in conferences

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Masters Degree (Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics or Engineering are preferred areas of study)
  • Minimum 4 years' of experience in machine learning, machine reasoning, natural language processing, knowledge discovery and data mining, unstructured data analytics in corporate or academic research environments

Preferred Skills

  • Prior experience in cognitive computing product development is an advantage  
  • Proven programming skills to enable rapid prototyping and implementation of solutions
  • Ability to understand business context and integrate cognitive and advanced analytics levers for solutions
  • Published articles in academic or industry journals
  • Ability to work collaboratively with global teams
  • An ability to articulate and clearly communicate the solution scope, timeline and benefits with clients
  • An ability to communicate tough messages in a professional manner to clients
  • Experience eliciting high-level business requirements and creating detailed functional specs as well as other documentation, such as requirement traceability matrices, work-flow diagrams and use-cases
  • An ability to develop strong working relationships with all relevant parties, particularly at the senior management level
  • Strong academic credentials with publications in journals and conferences an advantage
  • Ability to work in a global collaborative team environment Proficient verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Prior experience in cognitive computing product development is an advantage  

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.

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