Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Anti-Bots

United States

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The Community You Will Join: 

Are you passionate about using AI for the greater good? Are you interested in protecting our Airbnb community from malicious bots? Do you have an adversarial mindset and a blend of quantitative, ML, and deep learning skills? 

We are hiring a Staff Machine Learning Engineer to be a founding member of our new Anti-Bots Engineering team. We are an enthusiastic team spirited about constructing online machine learning models to deter data scraping. We're harnessing the power of AI, state of the art ML techniques, and data for the higher purpose of preventing scraping and protecting data.

In this opportunity, you will join forces with your Manager, Tech Lead, Senior Software Engineers, as well as other engineering, analytics and business teams. We have the creativity and excitement of a start-up with the foundation of a well-established brand. We are fueled by the passion to use our technical prowess to start a new team, and we welcome individuals with the same drive to join us.

The Difference You Will Make:

As a Staff Machine Learning Engineer in this role, you will be working across technologies, codebases, and partner teams to understand complex systems from top to bottom. You will be using state of the art ML techniques and continuously evolving our capabilities to detect and disrupt attackers. You'll be involved in researching attack patterns and developing models to identify traffic that matches these patterns. You'll also be partnering with various teams to implement interventions against these attackers.

Successful candidates for this role are hands-on ICs who enjoy coding. You will need a strong background in deep learning and ML, an adversarial mindset, and a passion for using ML to make a positive impact on the world.

A Typical Day: 

  • Rely on your extensive domain knowledge of ML and deep learning to proactively detect attacks against our platform.
  • Analyze our traffic data to identify attack patterns. Develop and implement tools to combat attacks. Implement effective countermeasures to stop scraping based on these identified patterns.
  • Work with large scale structured and unstructured data, build and continuously improve cutting edge Machine Learning models for Airbnb product, business and operational use cases.
  • Prototype Machine Learning use cases for use in the product, and work with stakeholders to iterate on requirements. Execute on state of the art ML techniques from scratch.
  • Hands-on develop, productionize, and operate Machine Learning models and pipelines at scale, including both batch and real-time use cases.
  • Leverage third-party or open source and in-house Machine Learning tools & infrastructure to develop reusable, highly differentiating and high-performing Machine Learning systems, enable fast model development, low-latency serving and ease of model quality upkeep.
  • Example projects include: feature platform, model interpretability, hyperparameter optimization, concept drift detection.

Your Expertise:

  • 9+ years of industry experience in applied Machine Learning with a BS/Masters or 6+ years with a PhD
  • Strong programming (Scala / Python / Java/ C++ or equivalent) skills for hands-on IC work
  • Deep understanding of Machine Learning best practices (e.g. training/serving skew minimization, A/B test, feature engineering, feature/model selection), algorithms (e.g. gradient boosted trees, neural networks/deep learning, optimization) and domains (e.g. natural language processing, computer vision, personalization and recommendation, anomaly detection); proficiency with deep learning techniques
  • Hands-on ‘builder’ experience with experience in any of these domains (eg. anti-bots, fraud detection, trust and safety, search relevance, natural language processing, computer vision, personalization and recommendation, anomaly detection, ads or similar)
  • Industry experience productionalizing Machine Learning models
  • Experience with technologies such as Tensorflow, PyTorch, Kubernetes, Spark, Airflow (or equivalent), Kafka (or equivalent), and data warehouse (e.g. Hive)
  • Experience with test driven development, familiar with A/B testing, incremental delivery and deployment

Nice to Have:

  • Strong data engineering and/or analytics skills
  • Industry experience building end-to-end Machine Learning systems 
  • Exposure to architectural patterns of a large, high-scale software applications (e.g. well-designed APIs, high volume data pipelines, efficient algorithms, models)

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application, please contact us at: Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process. 

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.

How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.  

Pay Range
$200,000$254,000 USD