Senior Machine Learning Engineer II, Search Retrieval

Senior Machine Learning Engineer II, Search Retrieval

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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 millions of entrepreneurs with millions of buyers around the world. As an Etsy Inc. employee – whether a team member of Etsy, Reverb, Depop, or Elo7 – you’ll tackle unique, meaningful, and large-scale problems alongside passionate coworkers, all the while making a rewarding impact and Keeping Commerce Human.

Job Description

What’s the role?

Etsy is hiring a Senior Machine Learning Engineer II in the Search Retrieval team. We develop efficient, state-of-the-art, large-scale search models that sift through a universe of over a hundred million special, extraordinary items to help Etsy buyers find something they will love.

In Search Retrieval, you'll closely follow the latest research and implement its best ideas efficiently, at scale for the benefit of Etsy's buyers. Working hands-on with a cross-disciplinary team, you will deliver robust production models that will be A/B tested live on! Does helping people find the perfect handmade or vintage good from using the latest ML research sound exciting to you? If so, we could be the perfect match.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Senior Engineering Manager for the Search Retrieval team and the base salary range will be 184,000 - 216,000 USD per year. In addition to salary, you will also be eligible for an equity package, an annual performance bonus, and our competitive benefits that support you and your family as part of your total rewards package at Etsy. For this role, we are considering candidates based in the U.S. who are either remote, flex, or office-based. Etsy offers different work modes to meet the variety of needs and preferences of our team. Learn more about our Flex and Office-based work modes and workplace safety policies here.

What’s this team like at Etsy?

Search Retrieval is a product engineering team that strives to improve the relevancy of search results for Etsy buyers. We apply the latest techniques from machine learning, natural language processing, and information retrieval research at Etsy’s scale, including:

  • Distributed, highly efficient random walk based graph recommendation engine written in Rust.
  • Graph neural networks that learn from billions of previous interactions between our buyers and sellers.
  • Inverted indexes that incorporate the latest research in sparse retrieval. 
  • Deep neural dense retrieval models powered by Transformers and fast approximate nearest neighbor (ANN) search

 What does the day-to-day look like?

Our team of applied scientists, ML engineers, data analysts, and product managers work as a cross-disciplinary team in a primarily remote setting. In our team, you will:

  • Strategically pick ideas from the latest in ML research with the highest potential to benefit Etsy buyers and quickly prototype them on Etsy data.
  • Propose pragmatic long-term project plans that demonstrate value early through fast iteration. 
  • Create large, scalable data ETL pipelines for new features to power our models. 
  • Optimize ML models to meet latency SLAs at the scale of Etsy production traffic and launch live A/B experiments to test our hypotheses.
  • Analyze and learn from experiment results, and disseminate our findings throughout Etsy and beyond through conference publications and talks.
  • Lead high code quality and engineering standards in the team.
  • Of course, this is just a sample of the kinds of work this role will require! You should assume that your role will encompass other tasks, too, and that your job duties and responsibilities may change from time to time at Etsy's discretion, or otherwise applicable with local law.


Qualities that will help you thrive in this role are:

You are a caring teammate who enjoys helping others. Your growth mindset means you love feedback and find joy in continuous learning and self-improvement. You care about how ML impacts real people. It also helps if you have:

  • A track record of efficiently implementing ML models for high traffic, low latency, large data applications that produced meaningful impact on the end users.
  • 2+ years experience writing high quality production code, demonstrating strong software engineering and coding skills. 
  • Proficiency in neural ML frameworks such as PyTorch, Jax, Keras, Tensorflow.
  • Experience with large-scale data ETL frameworks and ML workflow frameworks such as Apache Spark, Beam, Airflow, Kubeflow Pipelines etc.
  • Proficiency in Python, Scala, and/or other equivalent languages.
  • Experience in Rust (our graph engine is written in Rust!), Golang, C/C++ or other high-performance programming languages.
  • A product focus and passion for using machine learning to tackle real-world problems.
  • Effective written communication and comfort working in a remote team with a strong Slack and Google Docs culture.
  • Research experience and publications in one of the following fields: information retrieval, recommendation systems, knowledge graphs, natural language processing.
  • Experience in implementing Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) in a large-scale search and/or recommendation systems context

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please share your resume with us and feel free to include a cover letter if you'd like. As we hope you've 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 tell us what you're all about.

Our Promise

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace furthers relevance, resilience, and longevity. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If, due to a disability, you need an accommodation during any part of the interview process, please let your recruiter know. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skills.

For U.S. roles only:

Many Etsy roles are open to remote candidates, and you'll be able to identify which ones within the location header of each job description. We're open to remote hires from all U.S. states except Hawaii and Alaska.

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