Data Scientist - Contractor Position

Location: Remote

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Job Description

The Cooking Lab is the publisher of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (2011), Modernist Cuisine at Home (2012), Photography of Modernist Cuisine (2013), Modernist Bread (2017) and the forthcoming Modernist Pizza .

The Cooking Lab includes a culinary team, an in-house publishing team, as well as a marketing and publicity team — All of the books that we have published have helped make the concepts behind avant-garde cooking, photography, and food science even more widely available. In addition to our award-winning books, The Cooking Lab provides consulting, R & D, and invention services to food companies and culinary equipment makers, large and small. Our research laboratory in Bellevue includes one of the best equipped kitchens in the world as well as access to a full set of machining, analytical, and computational facilities, provided by the Intellectual Ventures Lab.

The Cooking Lab is looking for a Data Scientist (in a 6 month contract capacity) to join their journey to understand food and cooking. In addition to its primary research, MC is very interested in analyzing the received wisdom of recipes from around the world and over time. The Data Scientist will be responsible for leading an audacious effort to catalog and ingest the world's baking recipes.

The Data Scientist will apply computer vision, OCR, natural language processing, and other techniques to transform formatted recipes into structured data. He or she will lead further development of our pipeline for tagging unstructured data to train machine learning algorithms to identify new recipes in a variety of languages.

This is a 6 month contract position and is open to a remote, U.S. based work arrangement.


  • Expand our in-house Google AutoML pipeline to parse French recipes
  • Further develop our methodology for schematizing, codifying, and analyzing recipes
  • Implement processes, including human tagging, machine learning, and quality evaluation for codified recipes

Key Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Experience with natural language processing and machine learning
  • Proficiency in software development (Python, Java)
  • Experience with Google Auto-ML and Metabase
  • Familiarity with computer vision and OCR software
  • Passion for cooking, culinary history, or culinary science a plus
  • This is a contract role, open to candidates based in the U.S. seeking remote/work from home arrangements (including post pandemic)

We are an equal opportunity employer

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