Toyota Research Institute is hiring a

Machine Learning Research Intern, Natural Language Processing

Los Altos, United States
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in Human-Centered AI, Human Interactive Driving, Energy and Materials, Machine Learning, and Robotics.

This is a Summer 2024 paid 12-week internship opportunity. Please note that this internship will be a hybrid in-office role.

The Team
Our Machine Learning (ML) team is looking for Natural Language Processing Research Interns for Summer 2024 in a variety of areas such as large language models (training and fine-tuning), multi-modal models, code generation, and distillation.
We are aiming to make progress on some of the hardest scientific challenges around language models, both for downstream applications in assistive robotics, code generation, and new multimodal applications. Language is a core component of our robotics and vision architectures as the team works towards Principle-Centric Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Embodied Foundation Models.

The Internship
As a Research Intern, you will work with a multidisciplinary team proposing and conducting pioneering research in Machine Learning. You will use large amounts of text data (code and natural language) to solve open problems and work towards publications at top academic venues!


  • Conduct daring research, primarily in Natural Language Processing, that solves open problems of high practical and/or ethical value, and validate it in real-world benchmarks and systems.
  • Push the boundaries of knowledge and the state of the art in areas including language, multi-modal models, and distillation.
  • Partner with a multidisciplinary team including other research scientists and engineers across the Machine Learning team.
  • Stay up to date on the state-of-the-art in Machine Learning ideas and software.
  • Present results in verbal and written communications at international conferences, internally, and via open-source contributions to the community.


  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, or related fields.
  • Publication or desire to publish at high-impact conferences/journals (e.g., NAACL, ICLR, NeurIPS, ICML, TMLR, EMNLP, *ACL etc.) on some of the aforementioned topics.
  • Proficiency with one or more coding languages and systems, preferably Python, Unix, and a Deep Learning framework (e.g., PyTorch).
  • Proficiency in engineering best practices for model and data scaling for large-scale model training.
  • Passionate about modern natural language processing, including training, understanding, and aligning large language models with human values.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other researchers and engineers to invent and develop interesting research ideas.
  • Ability to execute on research projects, working in collaboration with other members of the Machine Learning team. 
  • A reliable teammate who loves to think big, go deeper, and strives to deliver with integrity.

Please add a link to Google Scholar and include a full list of publications when submitting your CV to this position.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $45 and $65/hour for California-based roles; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Note that TRI offers a generous benefits package including vacation and sick time. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

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