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Industrial PhD Program Trainee - Salesforce Research Asia

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Salesforce Research is pioneering in the field of deep learning, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. At Salesforce, the research team is committed to collaborating with the wider research community; while research scientists have the opportunity to work directly on advancing technologies that customers use as part of the Einstein AI Platform, they may also focus exclusively on high-impact publications. We believe that making substantive progress on hard applications can drive and sharpen the research questions we study, and, in turn, scientific breakthroughs can spawn entirely new applications. With this in mind, the team maintains a portfolio of projects. Research scientists have the freedom to set their own research agenda and move between pure and applied research.

Salesforce Research Asia is collaborating with top Singapore universities on Industrial PhD Program (IPP), with Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore as the funding partner. The 4-year IPP allows Salesforce Research Asia to tap into top PhD students from Singapore universities keen on AI research. Students under IPP will continue to pursue their PhD but also expected to spend at least 50% of their time at Salesforce's premises over the 4 years to work on research projects relevant to the company.

Candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following fields in AI: deep learning, machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition, or reinforcement learning. Additionally, applicants should have in-depth experience with one or more applications, such as dialogue systems, question answering, machine translation, text categorization, text summarization, information extraction, Asian-language or multi-language processing, language and vision, image classification, object detection, semantic segmentation, or other related applications in AI.


  • IPP trainees to participate in Salesforce industrial projects and research areas of interest while earning their doctorate/graduate degree

  • Expected to spend at least 50% of time at Salesforce research facility to work on research projects

  • Develop innovative techniques and solutions for real world, large scale problems

  • Publish high quality research papers at top-tier conference or journal venues


  • Outstanding undergraduate and master students pursuing their PhD studies in Singapore’s universities; must meet university’s admission and academic requirements

  • Obtained Bachelor or Master degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, or other related areas

  • Graduated from top local or global universities with excellent academic records

  • Passion in the research areas of Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Speech Recognition, Computer Vision, Big Data, Data Mining and Business analytics, etc.

  • Must be Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident

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