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Machine Learning Research Engineer PhD Internship

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Technology & Development

Job Description:

 AI/ML Research Engineer Internship

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In recent years, self- supervised transformer models have advanced the state- of- the- art performance on a wide range of supervised tasks. Variations of encoder- based models pre- trained for self- supervised tasks like masked input modeling have been applied successfully for text (BERT), image (CLIP), sound (Perceiver IO) and tabular (FT- Transformer, Tabnet) data domains. This pre- training stage builds a robust understanding of how features relate to each other without needing labeling and allows for higher performance on downstream tasks. The primary objective of this project is to investigate how to leverage self- supervised transformer- based models to make more use of the tabular data King already has available. This could lower the barrier to entry for new machine learning applications, lower re- training costs and possibly increase performance in already established downstream tasks. Here at King we care deeply about player experience. We believe that this project will help us to understand our players better and improve their experience.

This is a 4- 6 months ML research internship in our AI Labs team at the AI Center of Excellence in King. You will be part of a team and work together with other machine learning (research) engineers and data scientists. In addition, you have the opportunity of working closely with our special project teams, ML platform teams and experts in the game team. As an intern, you will learn about real world applications of machine learning working with game domain experts, as well as challenges of working with real- world data, and get to work with machine learning production systems. At the end of this internship, we expect to publish the results of the research in a scientific conference or journal. 

Start date: We are ready to start the project, however, we would like to optimize for the right person to join the team! So, we can work together on a starting date :) 

Internship Location:
Since the team is based in Stockholm, we prefer the intern to be also based in Sweden but we are open to consider candidates from countries where we have offices including UK, Spain, and Germany.

Required materials to apply:
Please share with us (1) your CV, (2) a short description on your PhD topic and your relevant experience with transformer based models and (3) contact of an academic reference. Collect this material in one single PDF document and attach it to your application.

Skills to create thrills

  • You are a PhD student working in the field of computer science, machine learning, robotics, natural language processing, or similar. Recent PhD graduates with relevant background are welcomed to apply.
  • You have research experience on transformers in your academic project.
  • You have a passion for the topic and putting your ML skills to work in practice.
  • You are interested in reading research methodologies and implementing them.
  • You are interested in data exploration.
  • You have strong programming skills in python.
  • You have experience in working with Pytorch, Tensorflow, or Keras.
  • You care about code quality and are familiar with software development best practices.
  • You can demonstrate strong communication skills.

Related papers: 

Transfer Learning with Deep Tabular Models

Revisiting Deep Learning Models for Tabular Data


We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under- represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply. 

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable assistance to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you are a disabled individual requiring an accommodation to apply for an open position, please email your request to General employment questions cannot be accepted or processed here. Thank you for your interest 


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King is the game developer behind the world- famous Candy Crush franchise, as well as mobile game hits including Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. Candy Crush is the top- grossing franchise in US app stores, a position it has held for the last two years, and King’s games are being played by 245 million monthly active users as of Q3 2021. King, which is part of the Activision Blizzard group since its acquisition in 2016, employs nearly 2,000 people in game studios in Stockholm, Malmö, London, Barcelona and Berlin, and offices in San Francisco, New York, and Malta.

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