Senior Applied Scientist - NLP



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA · Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Senior Applied Scientist - NLP

ID 2024-24704
US-CA-San Francisco | US-WA-Seattle
Position Type

Company Overview

Docusign brings agreements to life. Over 1.5 million customers and more than a billion people in over 180 countries use Docusign solutions to accelerate the process of doing business and simplify people’s lives. With intelligent agreement management, Docusign unleashes business-critical data that is trapped inside of documents. Until now, these were disconnected from business systems of record, costing businesses time, money, and opportunity. Using Docusign’s Intelligent Agreement Management platform, companies can create, commit, and manage agreements with solutions created by the #1 company in e-signature and contract lifecycle management (CLM).

What you'll do

Docusign is looking for a passionate, talented, and inventive Sr. Applied Scientist to help build industry-leading state of the art AI/ML solutions. You will be able to get your hands on the end to end AI /ML feature lifecycle by leveraging data labeling and document understanding, machine learning across NLP, computer vision and multi-modal techniques including LLMs and agentic approaches, offline / online evaluation techniques and more. You will be building production level machine learning models that deliver more personalized and automated customer experiences throughout the Docusign Agreement Cloud.

This position is an individual contributor role reporting to the Director, Machine Learning.


  • Work together with your Applied Science team to perform model development, research, testing and evaluation of existing and emerging NLP/ ML/ DL methods and models (incl. open source and licensed LLMs) that could be effectively applied to the contract domain

  • Be knowledgeable in and be able to apply the latest architectures and technologies to NLP tasks such as Named Entity Recognition, Semantic Search, Question Answering, Query intent detection and action formulation, Document layout understanding, and so on

  • Develop an understanding of the technologies, methods and the architecture within DocuSign product development and understanding of the entire software development end-to-end process as well as the product code and release management process will be essential

  • Understand, assist and improve the existing model training, evaluation and online inferencing process, define online metrics and design user feedback loop for our AI / ML features

  • Work closely with Product Management to translate user scenarios and product requirements into robust, customer-agnostic machine learning solutions, participate in design and planning discussions to make sure we can deliver high quality AI/ML features on time

Job Designation

Hybrid: Employee divides their time between in-office and remote work. Access to an office location is required. (Frequency: Minimum 2 days per week; may vary by team but will be weekly in-office expectation)

Positions at Docusign are assigned a job designation of either In Office, Hybrid or Remote and are specific to the role/job. Preferred job designations are not guaranteed when changing positions within Docusign. Docusign reserves the right to change a position's job designation depending on business needs and as permitted by local law.

What you bring


  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years related experience with a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years experience; or equivalent experience
  • Experience in designing, developing, deploying and monitoring machine learning and deep learning solutions
  • Hands-on experience working with the latest NLP models like BERT, SentenceBert and LLMs like GPT, Gemini, Llama families of models, etc.
    Experience programming in Python, PyTorch or TensorFlow, spaCy, scikit-learn, or equivalent machine learning framework,
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Physics, statistics, applied mathematics or an equal computational field


  • Demonstrated experience developing and deploying large scale NLP and deep learning based models in production
  • Extensive experience in data collecting, cleaning, sampling, and processing large, diverse structured or unstructured dataset
  • Familiarity with RAG and LLM agentic approaches is a plus.
    Experience in Computer Vision techniques, especially in document layout analysis, OCR, and familiarity with vision transformer based models
  • Experience in multilingual LLM pretraining or fine-tuning work
  • Strong desire to stay ahead of industry trends & technologies with a commitment to continuous learning

Wage Transparency

Based on applicable legislation, the below details pay ranges in the following locations:

California: $171,500 - $277,025 base salary

Washington and New York (including NYC metro area): $164,800 - $242,225 base salary

This role is also eligible for bonus, equity and benefits.

This role is also eligible for bonus and benefits.

Global benefits provide options for the following:

  • Paid Time Off: earned time off, as well as paid company holidays based on region
  • Paid Parental Leave: take up to six months off with your child after birth, adoption or foster care placement
  • Full Health Benefits Plans: options for 100% employer paid and minimum employee contribution health plans from day one of employment
  • Retirement Plans: select retirement and pension programs with potential for employer contributions
  • Learning and Development: options for coaching, online courses and education reimbursements
  • Compassionate Care Leave: paid time off following the loss of a loved one and other life-changing events

Life at DocuSign

Working here

Docusign is committed to building trust and making the world more agreeable for our employees, customers and the communities in which we live and work. You can count on us to listen, be honest, and try our best to do what’s right, every day. At Docusign, everything is equal.

We each have a responsibility to ensure every team member has an equal opportunity to succeed, to be heard, to exchange ideas openly, to build lasting relationships, and to do the work of their life. Best of all, you will be able to feel deep pride in the work you do, because your contribution helps us make the world better than we found it. And for that, you’ll be loved by us, our customers, and the world in which we live.


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States Not Eligible for Employment

This position is not eligible for employment in the following states: Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

EEO Statement

It's important to us that we build a talented team that is as diverse as our customers and where all employees feel a deep sense of belonging and thrive. We encourage great talent who bring a range of perspectives to apply for our open positions. Docusign is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes hiring decisions based on experience, skill, aptitude and a can-do approach. We will not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, registered domestic partner status, caregiver status, marital status, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected category.

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