Senior Staff Data Scientist

Ankara, Turkey

About the Role

In the Data organization at Udemy, we’re passionate about transforming the future of education using data! We’re looking for fun, collaborative, self-motivated data scientists with an insatiable sense of curiosity and a knack for asking the right questions. The ideal candidate is an analytically creative thinker who is unafraid of ambiguity, has a track record of tackling difficult technical challenges, and has a pragmatic and relentless focus on driving meaningful business impact. We believe in building diverse teams, collaborative teams in which each person brings unique skills, knowledge, and experience to the table. If this opportunity sounds exciting to you, then read on!

Knowledge Graph Algorithms team is responsible for building data sources that will facilitate Udemy’s mission to support our users in reskilling and upskilling. These data sources may be used to build new features that allow the learners to browse or find relevant learning opportunities using recommendations or search products.Conversely, instructors may discover new teaching opportunities where the demand is growing. 

Udemy is one of the most exciting resources for learning through its diverse catalog in terms of topic coverage in many languages. Aligning this vast catalog with linked open data is a huge challenge that will require a strong understanding of natural language processing and a familiarity with the technologies related to knowledge graphs.

As a Data Scientist at Udemy, you will be partnering with business leaders, product managers, marketers, designers, and engineers to identify, scope, and build complex data products to drive business impact. You will serve as a subject matter expert, especially while working with other data scientists and act as a data evangelist to create a data-driven culture across the company. Success in this role requires a combination of domain knowledge, product intuition, strong machine learning knowledge including hands-on experience in multiple methods, data analysis and leadership skills.


  • Design and implement algorithms that exploit knowledge graph data and natural language content to develop features and products that make an impact in the learning domain
  • Effectively communicate and present to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Coach individuals, inspire creative thinking, and foster innovation with rigor in technical excellence
  • Take responsibility for leading major team initiatives
  • Plan, organize, and complete work within agile sprints
  • Contribute to a team culture that values openness, inclusiveness, respect, quality, robustness, scalability, and humility while fostering innovation


  • 5+ years of experience in building complex data products or equivalent hands-on research experience in relevant fields
  • Experience with the design and development of large-scale machine learning applications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong knowledge of statistics, machine learning, graph algorithms, and natural language processing
  • Proficiency with related programming languages and frameworks (e.g. SQL, Python, Tensorflow, PyTorch)
  • Familiarity with big data technologies (e.g. Hadoop, Spark)
  • Familiarity with linked data standards like RDF, OWL and SPARQL is a big plus
  • Familiarity with software development practices
We understand that not everyone will match the above qualifications 100%. If your background isn’t perfectly aligned but you feel you would be a great addition to the team, we’d love to hear from you.

About Udemy 

At Udemy, we’re all about improving lives through the power of learning. We are a leading global learning company and one of the world’s largest education platforms with more than 54 million learners. Our goal is to provide flexible, effective skill development to empower organizations and individuals. Talented people are everywhere, but opportunities can be hard to come by. That’s why we’re focused on revolutionizing learning, using our skills and expertise to help others develop theirs and reach their full potential. Individually, we bring our unique perspective to reimagine the way we share knowledge. Together, we can improve lives by empowering our learners, our instructors, and businesses around the world.

We are proud to be recognized for our world-class employee experience. Learn more about our Great Place to Work certification here and find out what it's like to work at Udemy on our blog.

Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco with global offices in the US, Turkey, Ireland, Australia, India, and Brazil. Learn more on our company page.

Information regarding data privacy is available within the Udemy Careers Privacy Notice.

At Udemy, we value diversity and inclusion and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition or disability.

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