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Senior Applied Researcher

Looking for a company that inspires passion, courage and imagination, where you can be part of the team shaping the future of global commerce? Want to shape how millions of people buy, sell, connect, and share around the world? If you're interested in joining a purpose-driven community that is dedicated to creating an ambitious and inclusive environment, join eBay - a company you can be proud to be a part of

Advertising is one of the fastest growing areas in eBay which in some ways, will define the future of eBay. Digital advertising as an industry is growing rapidly, and the landscape is shifting as ecommerce advertisers are finding better value with ecommerce companies like eBay. As they shift budget from the duopoly of Google and Facebook, it creates a huge opportunity for eBay. Advertising is also amplifying eBay’s ecommerce by providing a tool for our sellers to move inventory and for buyers, by surfacing high quality items.

About the Team

Our Merchandising and Advertising team works on delivering recommendations at scale and in near real time to our buyers on our website and native apps.  We work on hard data science, engineering and UX challenges across the entire recommendations workflow - from selecting and ranking the most relevant listings to recommend from eBay’s inventory of over 1 billion live listings based on the user’s implicit shopping intent and context, to delivering and rendering them on eBay’s web pages and native apps using appropriate user interfaces.  Recommendations are a core part of how our buyers navigate eBay’s vast and varied inventory. At the same time. sponsored recommendations is growing rapidly as a channel for our sellers to drive sales velocity by promoting their listings.

About the Role

  • We are looking for passion for developing state of the art Machine Learning based approaches for recommendations and monetization, and deploying them to production reliably and at scale. You will collaborate with product managers, applied researchers and engineers to invent, design and implement end-to-end reliable, scalable, efficient production services in Scala/Java, using state-of-the-art Big Data, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Optimization techniques.
  • The ideal candidate will have a blend of applied ML research and engineering skills, proven track record of solving critical business problems through data science and strong analytical/quantitative and engineering skills. The candidate will be expected to have strong communication skills and to be capable of cross-group collaborations.

Responsibilities:

  • Track the state of art and help shape our applied research on recommender systems - both organic and sponsored
  • Drive applied research in monetization of recommendations via first party ads by translating state of art into practical solutions
  • Mentor data scientists and engineers in the application of ML, revenue optimization approaches
  • Connect with senior data scientists in partner domains and drive key partnership initiatives
  • Drive internal and external publications of applied research

Qualifications

  • PhD in Machine Learning or related area
  • 5-10 years professional experience post PhD
  • Deep understanding of Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Experience with applying ML to recommender systems at an enterprise scale
  • Experience with sponsored recommendations and revenue optimization
  • Applied research experience with a publication track record
  • Familiarity with Big Data technologies such as Spark and Hadoop
  • Good communication skills to convey ideas and solutions
  • Ability to come up with good solutions quickly and prototype them rapidly
  • Experience with guiding research teams and mentoring individual researchers
  • Ability to prioritize business needs and pivot quickly if needed





Benefits:

Benefits are an essential part of your total compensation for the work you do every day. Whether you’re single, in a growing family, or nearing retirement, eBay offers a variety of comprehensive and competitive benefit programs to meet your needs. Including maternal & paternal leave, paid sabbatical, and plans to help ensure your financial security today and in the years ahead because we know feeling financially secure during your working years and through retirement is important.

Here at eBay, we love creating opportunities for others by connecting people from widely diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and geographies. So, being diverse and inclusive isn’t just something we strive for, it is who we are, and part of what we do each and every single day. We want to ensure that as an employee, you feel eBay is a place where, no matter who you are, you feel safe, included, and that you have the opportunity to bring your unique self to work. To learn about eBay’s Diversity & Inclusion click here: https://www.ebayinc.com/company/diversity-inclusion/

eBay Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.  If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected]  We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

For more information see:  EEO is the Law Poster and EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

eBay Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.  If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected]  We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

For more information see:  EEO is the Law Poster and EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

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