Senior Data Scientist - Engine Systems

| San Mateo, CA, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $295,490-$359,170 Annually
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Every day, tens of millions of people come to Roblox to explore, create, play, learn, and connect with friends in 3D immersive digital experiences– all created by our global community of developers and creators. 

At Roblox, we’re building the tools and platform that empower our community to bring any experience that they can imagine to life. Our vision is to reimagine the way people come together, from anywhere in the world, and on any device. We’re on a mission to connect a billion people with optimism and civility, and looking for amazing talent to help us get there. 

A career at Roblox means you’ll be working to shape the future of human interaction, solving unique technical challenges at scale, and helping to create safer, more civil shared experiences for everyone.

WHY DATA SCIENCE & ANALYTICS?

The Data Science & Analytics organization's mission is to increase our speed, frequency and acumen of making decisions at scale by instilling a data-influenced approach to building products. We cover a wide area of the data spectrum including analytical data engineering, product analytics, experimentation, causal inference, statistical modeling and machine learning. Aligned and partnering with product verticals, we use this extensive tool belt to discover new opportunities and unmet use cases, influence and shape the product roadmap and prioritization, build data products and measure impact on our community of players and developers.

WHY CORE ENGINE?

The Core Engine team is missioned to build world-class elastic game engine technology that powers engaging experiences. We build the core technology that powers our 3D worlds including rendering, simulation, networking and systems. As a Senior Data Scientist, you'll partner with engineers, data scientists, technical program managers, and leaders across the company in our efforts to improve the quality and performance of our game engine and the user generated content that runs on top of it. Your work will touch every part of the engine, from threading and memory management to physics and scripting. You will define top line metrics and measure the impact of critical features and improvements, while discovering areas of opportunity through dashboards, analysis and A/B experiments. You will report directly to the Data Science Leader overseeing our Core Engine DSA team.

You Are:

  • Passionate about data. You have the curiosity applying new techniques and tools to extract value from data. You have a degree in Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, Operations Research or other relevant fields.
  • Enthusiastic and engaged. You understand that analysis must be presented in meaningful ways and lead spirited discussions about the findings. You can explain technical concepts to non-technical audiences and discuss appropriate tradeoffs.
  • An expert collecting and transforming data with SQL and a scripting language such as Python or R. You're experienced in automating efforts and crunching massive volumes of data using big data frameworks such as Spark, Hadoop or Flink.
  • Experienced at developing models to draw insights from data. You use regression techniques, data mining, statistical techniques and deep learning to create new, scalable solutions to solve difficult business problems. You understand when to apply the appropriate methodology, tool, framework to maximize impact.

You Will:

  • Establish success metrics for Engine Systems performance -- e.g. what systems performance metrics matter to the end-users? How are Engine performance affecting user engagement and monetization?
  • Operationalize and scale metrics monitoring. Build dashboards that enable quick slice and dice as well as root cause analysis. Work with engineers to detect and investigate abnormal trends. Identify opportunities to improve.
  • Understand how networking, rendering, simulation and more help build a fast, scalable and engaging experience through the game engine. Apply dynamic approaches to improve user experience from the Engine perspective by controlling these factors.
  • Navigate uncharted areas and collaborate with partners across different organizations including Engine, Growth, and Creator teams.
  • Access raw data, and then transform it, analyze it, and render it in a compelling way - all using a custom analytics tool kit built from state-of-the-art open-source libraries.
  • Use A/B experiments and causal inference to determine success of product feature launches.
  • Influence how Roblox provides a better experience for the community of players and developers.

You Have:

  • Advanced Degree and/or PhD in Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Math, Economics, Engineering or other related quantitative fields
  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience; background in game engine, system performance, etc.
  • Data engineering experience. e.g. telemetry logging, data pipeline building, dashboard design
  • Experience applying creative first-principles reasoning to solve ambiguous problems
  • Experience leading and presenting analytics results and enjoy data storytelling to influence engineering teams and leaders
  • Experience driving an area as an individual contributor and thought leader

For roles that are based at our headquarters in San Mateo, CA: The starting base pay for this position is as shown below. The actual base pay is dependent upon a variety of job-related factors such as professional background, training, work experience, location, business needs and market demand. Therefore, in some circumstances, the actual salary could fall outside of this expected range. This pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.  All full-time employees are also eligible for equity compensation and for benefits.

Annual Salary Range

$295,490$359,170 USD

Roles that are based in our San Mateo, CA Headquarters are in-office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with optional in-office on Monday and Friday (unless otherwise noted).

You’ll Love: 

  • Industry-leading compensation package
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • A rewarding 401k program
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Roflex - Flexible and supportive work policy 
  • Roblox Admin badge for your avatar
  • At Roblox HQ: 
    • Free catered lunches five times a week and several fully stocked kitchens with unlimited snacks
    • Onsite fitness center and fitness program credit
    • Annual CalTrain Go Pass

Roblox provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Roblox Benefits Overview

One of our top priorities is the health and well-being of our employees and their families. We offer a robust and comprehensive program with lots of variety to best meet each team members’ needs.

Excellent medical, dental & vision benefits
Rewarding 401(k) program
Flexible vacation policy
Life insurance & disability benefits
Daily lunch & fully stocked kitchens w/ unlimited snacks
Onsite fitness center and fitness program credit
Commuter benefits

Culture
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Floating holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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