Senior Scientist, Machine Learning
Company: Niantic, Inc
Posted on: February 25, 2021
Do you want to be part of a growing data organization that is
helping to shape the game experiences of millions of players?
Niantic, the developer of Pok--mon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards
Unite is looking for a Senior Scientist with the creativity,
leadership, and experience to develop meaningful Machine Learning
science and game interventions for all our popular titles. Work
closely with other scientists, engineers, and product managers to
design and deploy machine learning models that elevate gameplay in
Niantic's AR driven games where the real world becomes our game
- Conceive, design, lead the development, and bring into
production new, end-to-end Machine Learning models and associated
interventions for personalizing and tuning current and future
- Apply a high degree of scientific rigor and real world
pragmatism in all your work, particularly to quantify the impact of
features on relevant engagement metrics.
- Mentor other scientists to grow their skills, create a
collaborative environment, and employ tools and methodologies to
test, revise, and improve models.
- Lead by example: promote deep scientific expertise, constant
learning, attention to detail, and an intimate relationship with
the data while always being friendly, humble, and open to
challenging any assumptions.
- Collaborate with data engineers, product managers, and
marketing to coordinate timely deployments from conception to
- Successful candidate will have a PhD in Statistics, Machine
Learning, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, or a
related field, or equivalent experience. A minimum of 4 years of
real-world experience developing and deploying machine learning
models, preferably in a gaming context.
- Strong command of statistics and the science underpinning
machine learning techniques and able to defend choices with math as
well as real-world tradeoffs.
- Expert in ML models for classification, regression, and
clustering; experience with production neural networks.
- Demonstrated experience with large scale data processing (e.g.
BigQuery, Spark, Hive, DataFlow/Beam).
- Flexible with tools and programming languages (Python, Java,
Scala, Go) and able to learn new technologies quickly.
- Knowledge of real-time optimization models with delayed reward
(multi-armed bandits, reinforcement learning).
- Industry experience developing recommender systems for
personalized game predictions or similar.
- Experience applying ML models in mobile games, particularly at
- Experience working with business stakeholders - understanding
and proving impact, resourcing, and schedules. Join the Niantic
team! Niantic is the world's leading AR technology company,
sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our
products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful
social interaction. Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became
an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors
including Nintendo, The Pok--mon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners.
Our current titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress,
record-breaking AR game Pok--mon GO, and recently released third
title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.-- Niantic is an Equal
Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We believe that
cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included
is essential to creating great products our community will love.
Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including
those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology
industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important
values we hold close. We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group
who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving!
We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale,
Bellevue, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich. U.S.
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