Blizzard: Senior Data Scientist

Strong technical background in machine learning, data mining, statistics or a related quantitative field and ability to carry out innovative research and development.

Blizzard At: Blizzard
Location: Irvine, CA

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Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our Business Intelligence & Risk team. The ideal candidate has a strong technical background in machine learning, data mining, statistics or a related quantitative field and has the ability to carry out innovative research and development using advanced statistical modeling techniques.

  • Research and develop state-of-the-art machine learning, data mining and statistical modeling solutions to understand game design, system performance and key business behaviors, such as player acquisition, retention, and winback
  • Analyze and extract key insights and patterns from Blizzard's rich collections of petabytes of gameplay and operational data
  • Design and develop innovative predictive models for applications like matchmaking, recommendation systems, targeted marketing, etc
  • Work closely with data and systems engineers to deploy and maintain models seamlessly on production systems
  • Establish scalable, automated processes for large scale data extraction, model development, model validation and model implementation
  • Effectively translate statistical findings into actionable recommendations for senior leaders on game design and business teams
  • Mentor PhD data science interns on model design, feature building, model evaluation and deployment

  • PhD from a top-tier university with a specialization in Machine Learning, Statistics, Applied Math, or in a related quantitative field
  • Expertise in machine learning and statistical analysis approaches such as classification, clustering, regression, statistical inference, collaborative filtering, natural language processing, experimental design, social networking analysis, etc.
  • Ability to invent and prototype novel machine learning algorithms from scratch
  • 3+ years of hands-on applied research experience developing and implementing machine learning models on large scale data sets
  • Expertise in automating and deploying models in production systems
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Proficient with programming languages like Python, Java or C++
  • Strong programming and prototyping skills in R or MATLAB
  • Expertise with SQL, MPP and NoSQL databases
  • Expertise with Big Data and Hadoop tech stack (HDFS/Map Reduce/Mahout/Hive/Spark)
  • Experience with data visualization tools like Tableau
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Passion for video games

  • Experience with Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Experience mentoring junior scientists or PhD interns
  • A proven track record of original contributions to machine learning and statistics

Blizzard Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.