Pandora is hiring a

Scientist Intern Music Information Retrieval (Summer 2017)

Oakland, United States

At Pandora, we're a unique collection of engineers, musicians, designers, marketers, and world-class sellers with a common goal: to enrich lives by delivering effortless personalized music enjoyment and discovery. People—the listeners, the artists, and our employees—are at the center of our mission and everything we do. Actually, employees at Pandora are a lot like the service itself: bright, eclectic, and innovative. Collaboration is the foundation of our workforce, and we’re looking for smart individuals who are self-motivated and passionate to join us. Be a part of the engine that creates the soundtrack to life. Discover your future at Pandora.

As a Music Information Retrieval scientist you will build upon Pandora's Music Genome Project and help expand the world's leading knowledge base of music information. You will then use this resource to shape Pandora's playlisting and music recommendation systems to delight our listeners. This role is about impact and you'll have the opportunity to directly influence the way hundreds of millions of listeners discover music they love.

Successful candidates will have significant experience designing and building music information retrieval systems, solid programming skills, outstanding communication skills, demonstrated ability to work well in a small team, and a desire to work at Pandora HQ in Oakland, California.

To land this gig, you will need:

  • PhD student in a quantitative field (ideally with 1-2 years remaining in program)Strong background in one or more of: music information retrieval, machine learning, recommender systems, signal processing, and natural language processing 
  • Experience with Python and/or Java
  • Experience with Hive or SQL databases
Bonus points for:
  • Experience with Spark or Hadoop technology stack
  • Familiarity with the modern web technology stack


Pandora is committed to diversity in its workforce. Pandora is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, veteran or disability status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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