Facebook Research Scientist - Statistics & Privacy (Privacy-Preserving ML) in Jefferson City, Missouri
Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.
Our Statistics & Privacy team focuses on establishing step-change improvements to advance our long-term business growth. The team's expertise spans many domains including statistics, machine learning, economics, and cryptography. We develop methodologies, design and prototype solutions, and partner with our engineering colleagues to launch these solutions such that millions of advertisers can benefit.
We seek Research Scientists to identify new opportunities and help build scientifically rigorous systems focused on enhancing technological guarantees for consumer privacy while simultaneously expanding the efficiency of Facebook’s market-leading advertising optimization systems. Challenges include incorporating approaches such as differential privacy and multi-party computation within our ads delivery systems, designing machine learning systems on encrypted data and/or in decentralized or federated environments, and advancing the efficient frontier of privacy and utility in our ads systems.
Identify specific, high-impact opportunities to build new and improve existing advertising and commerce solutions
Design and prototype new algorithms, optimization methods, and system architectures
Assess the validity and rigor of new approaches
Build cross-functional relationships with AI, Engineering, Product and Analytics teams to shape long-term roadmaps with a balance of scientific rigor and strategic considerations
Publish research results in top-tier journals and at leading conferences
PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, or other quantitative fields, or MS/MA degree with 4+ years of relevant experience in research science
Understanding of modern machine learning techniques and their mathematical underpinning
Proficiency designing and implementing analytical and/or algorithmic solutions, tailored to particular business needs and tested on large data sets
Proficiency in Python
Experience with communicating analysis and establishing confidence among audiences who do not share your disciplinary background or training
Experience to track record of innovation
Expertise with at least one of the following privacy technologies: Secure multi-party computation techniques, Differential privacy, Federated Learning, optimization algorithms and protocols, Learning on encrypted data, Homomorphic encryption, Trusted execution environments
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