Senior Applied Scientist, Machine Learning/Marketing Science

Senior Applied Scientist, Machine Learning/Marketing Science

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Company Description

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build, power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect entrepreneurs with buyers around the world. As an Etsy employee, you’ll tackle unique problems alongside talented coworkers committed to Keeping Commerce Human. We're large enough that you'll focus on meaningful, complex challenges, but small enough that you can make a rewarding impact.

Job Description

Etsy is an international marketplace with 65M+ handmade and vintage items from passionate artists, designers and vintage collectors. Our Data Science & Machine Learning (DSML) powers machine learning driven systems and solutions to help our 45M+ buyers navigate Etsy’s diverse and unique inventory of over 65M items.

In the DSML org, Applied Scientists work closely with product teams to develop custom machine-learning models that can drive product vision and customer impact. We are looking for individuals who are product and delivery-driven, and are passionate about making ML innovations in Marketing Science.

Example Projects:

  • Develop end-to-end Machine Learning models to optimize Marketing efforts. Areas of focus include but not limited to: recommendations within email marketing, pull marketing lifecycle emails, user retention, user acquisition, discounts/offer emails, and pricing.  

  • Develop state-of-the-art embeddings to capture salient signals of our users and listings, including aspects like content, function, budget, and preferences. 

  • Implement and compare supervised learning models (LR, GBDT, and DNNs), or ensembles of models, to improve key metrics, often with multiple competing objectives.

  • Develop models with custom architecture or objective functions that target Etsy-specific problems, such as revenue optimization, ads bidding strategies, ads budget pacing, seller fairness, seasonality, multi-objective optimization, etc.

What You'll Do:

  • Work with business teams, product / program managers, engineers and leadership to identify and prioritize customer and business problems.

  • Prototype, optimize, and productionize large-scale ML models that help deliver key results across multiple marketing initiatives.

  • Partner closely with CRM and Analytics to design and conduct A/B experiments to validate and communicate the effectiveness of ML models and pipelines.

  • Share impactful and innovative work in the wider ML research community, including presenting at top-tier ML/DS conferences such as: KDD, WSDM, WWW, Recsys, etc.

For candidates who will work remotely from Colorado, visit this link for information related to Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.


Basic requirements:

  • You have a track record of applying machine learning techniques in addressing real-world problems.
  • You have solid software development skills. You are comfortable with using git, Linux environments, dockers, and other tools for writing robust, production-ready code. 
  • MS/PhD in Computer Science or a related technical discipline.

Preferred requirements:

  • You have a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science or related engineering fields, or 5+ years of practical machine learning experience.
  • You have published at peer-reviewed conferences, such as ICML, KDD, SIGIR, WSDM, etc. or  you have given talks/tutorials in the industrial conferences like Spark Summit. 

  • You have experience using Google Cloud Platform.

  • You have experience in building production search, recommendations, advertising, or general e-commerce systems.

  • You have experience in building ML models for Marketing domain.

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter and resume telling us why you'd be right for the position. As you’ve hopefully seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don’t want you to be like everyone else — we want you to be like you! So write to us and tell us what you’re all about.

Our Promise

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.

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