Research Engineer, User Modeling and Personalization

Snap Inc.
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Job Description

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Research serves as an innovation engine for the company. Our projects range from solving hard technical problems that significantly enhance Snap’s existing products, to riskier explorations that can lead to fundamental paradigm shifts in the way people communicate and express themselves. The team consists of scientists and engineers who experiment with and invent new technology that has a lasting impact on Snap’s products. We also frequently publish at top academic outlets in computer science and other fields.

We are looking for a Research Engineer to join our User Modeling and Personalization Research Team, for the Behavior in Context initiative! Our team develops innovative techniques for modeling user behavior, empowering our business partners to build world-class user-centric ML systems for Snap.

What you'll do:

  • Support research projects in machine learning and data mining
  • Collaborate with product/engineering teams to translate research projects into products
  • Partner with Research Scientists for prototyping and experimentation
  • Build robust, lasting, and scalable systems

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to solve open-ended / ambiguous problems
  • Proficiency in machine learning approaches, statistics, and modeling
  • Desire to learn and help others
  • Strong Machine learning engineering skills 
  • Strong computer science fundamentals

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, or related field
  • 3+ years of industry experience as a machine learning engineer or research engineer
  • Experience coding in python and using SQL or similar big data querying language
  • Experience working with machine learning frameworks such as PyTorch, Tensorflow, Spark ML, scikit-learn, Hugging Face, or related frameworks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Building scalable systems and using distributed data processing frameworks like Hadoop, Spark, and/or Dataflow 
  • Experience with NLP techniques
  • Experience with Enterprise Cloud solutions like Google Cloud, AWS, and/or Azure
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Advanced degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, or related field
  • Experience with Java and/or R
  • Experience with causal inference techniques, experimental design, and/or A/B testing


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

  • Zone A (CA, WA, NYC): The base salary range for this position is $175,000 - $250,000 annually
  • Zone B: The base salary range for this position is $166,000 - $238,000 annually
  • Zone C: The base salary range for this position is $149,000 - $213,000 annually

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs

Default Together Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a default together approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 4 days per week).

If you are not based in the same location listed for this role and are open to relocation, we encourage you to apply to take advantage of our generous relocation policy. 

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!

Company Info.

Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. is an American camera and social media company, founded on September 16, 2011, by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown based in Santa Monica, California. The company developed and maintains technological products and services, namely Snapchat, Spectacles, and Bitmoji.

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    Information Technology,Consumer electronics,Social media Company
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    Santa Monica, CA, USA
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