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Senior Economist, AI/ML



Software Engineering, Data Science
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
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This role will be based in Sunnyvale, Bellevue, or New York City.

At LinkedIn, we trust each other to do our best work where it works best for us and our teams. This role offers a hybrid work option, meaning you can both work from home and commute to a LinkedIn office, depending on what’s best for you and when it is important for your team to be together.

The candidate will work in collaboration with machine learning scientists, data scientists, and engineers by bringing knowledge and tools from Economics to help LinkedIn solve its core business and AI problems. The scope ranges from solving complex marketplace design questions to developing empirical solutions that integrate causal inference into machine learning. The candidate will combine theory and empirics to design, prototype, implement (in collaboration with engineers), and evaluate new ideas through experimentation. This is an applied role, directed towards making a positive and measurable impact on the LinkedIn product and its users.

To achieve this, the candidate will engage with a variety of other roles across LinkedIn (Data Science, Product Management, Business Operations, Engineering, and other teams and colleagues within AI). The candidate is expected to share findings and advocate for new methodologies via internal presentations and documentation across business lines. Research ideas are a natural byproduct of the role, and the candidate will be encouraged to present work at external academic forums via publications.

• Work with a team of high-performing data science professionals, machine learning engineers and cross-functional teams to identify business opportunities and develop algorithms and methodologies to address them.
• Design and build market mechanisms to improve auction efficiency, matching quality, and drive business growth.
• Analyze large-scale structured and unstructured data.
• Conduct in-depth and rigorous data science research, model improvement, advanced experiments, observational causal studies to quantify the cause and effect in the ecosystem, identify business opportunities and to drive member value and customer success.
• Develop methodologies to enhance LinkedIn’s product and platform capabilities.
• Engage with technology partners to build, prototype and validate scalable tools/applications end to end (backend, frontend, data) for converting data to insights
• Promote and enable adoption of technical advances in Data Science; elevate the art of Data Science practice at LinkedIn.
• Improve LinkedIn’s ability to measure and credibly speak to labor market trends and other economic phenomena.
• Initiate and drive projects to completion independently
• Act as a thought partner to senior leaders to prioritize/scope projects, provide recommendations and evangelize data-driven business decisions in support of strategic goals
• Partner with cross-functional teams to initiate, lead or contribute to large-scale/complex strategic projects for team, department, and company
• Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior team members on solution design as well as lead code/design reviews

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD in Economics or closely related field (Finance, Quantitative Marketing, Statistics)
• Track record of research (working papers, publications, or participation in conferences or workshops)
• Demonstrated experience in machine learning
• Working knowledge of Python or R and their data science ecosystem

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working as an economist alongside or embedded in engineering roles (machine learning engineers, data scientists).
• Experience working with large scale online marketplace or matching systems
• Research experience in auction design, matching algorithms, industrial organization
• Interest in combining causal inference and econometrics with machine learning (estimation of heterogeneous treatment effects through e.g. causal trees/forests; double/debiased ML; causal reinforcement learning; etc.). Experience with related tools (EconML, CausalML) and/or research projects in these areas are an added plus.
• Advanced knowledge of experimental design including setup of RCTs (A/B tests) in presence of marketplace or network effects.
• Exposure to software engineering: big data technologies (Hadoop, Hive, Presto or other SQL engines, Spark) and software development best practices (code reviews, version control, modular design, unit testing).

Suggested Skills
• Market Design
• Economics
• Causal inference
• Machine Learning
• Methodology Research

LinkedIn is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices.

The pay range for this role is $128,000 to $210,000. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, depth of experience, certifications, and specific work location. This may be different in other locations due to differences in the cost of labor.

The total compensation package for this position may also include annual performance bonus, stock, benefits and/or other applicable incentive compensation plans. For more information, visit

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