Principal Research Scientist
Palo Alto , California
August 26, 2017
Company Description
Visa Research is a newly created research organization as part of the company's effort on expanding its
technology research capabilities globally.

Visa Research conducts both applied and fundamental research. It engages with the company's technology and
product teams, business partners, academics, and governments, to explore and develop technologies that are critical to the payments industry in the future.

Visa Research currently focuses on building research teams in three key areas: Data Analytics, Security, and
Future of Payment. We are looking for outstanding researchers at all levels of experience as part of the founding
team in the Data Analytics area, reporting to the Head of Data Analytics.

Working on data analytics research at Visa is a unique opportunity at a time when the payments industry
is undergoing a digital transformation with data as a critical differentiator. We offer you the opportunity to be at
the center of innovation in the payments industry and unleash the power of data through conducting advanced research on data analytics for the future of payment.

Job Description

The Position
Reporting to the VP of Data Analytics, the Principal Researcher will work with a team to conduct world-class research on data analytics and help shape the long-term research agenda in large-scale data analytics and machine learning, as well as deliver innovative technologies and insights to Visa's strategic products and business. As an integral team member of the Research team, the Principal Researcher will work on research and development activities and explore new frontier in the data analytics area with other researchers, and work closely with Product and Technology teams to ensure the successful creation and application of disruptive and innovative technologies.
This role represents an exciting opportunity to make key contributions to Visa's strategic vision as a world-leading data-driven company. The successful candidate must have an outstanding track record in fundamental and applied research with participation in developing innovations. The successful candidate will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong attention to detail, and excellent collaboration skills.
Research and develop cutting-edge technologies in large-scale data analytics and machine learning.
Advance the development and integration of big data infrastructure that is highly
scalable, efficient, and extensible.
Provide thought leadership to the research initiatives in the Data Analytics area.
Collaborate with team members to deliver innovative technologies, insights and products to Visa business units to resolve their significant product pain-points and create new growth opportunities.
Collaborate with our partners in academia, industry and government on key initiatives to advance our big data research agenda.
Work with team members and cross-functional teams (internal/external) that include
representation from Technology, Product, Operations, Market Research, etc.
Evangelize technologies, solutions, and best practices developed with the Research
Foster in-depth and productive relationships at all levels with team members and
clients internally and externally.


PhD degree in computer science or equivalent field.
Minimum of 10 years of research experience at well-known universities or industry
research labs.
Strong track record in research publications at major conferences and impact in the research community.
Expertise in data analytics, data mining, deep learning, machine learning.
Expertise in big data infrastructure and large-scale distributed systems.
Strong research project/program management.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to think outside the box and innovate.
Demonstrated experience in leading teams of researchers is a plus.
Experience in payments or related industry is a plus.

"Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code."

Additional Information
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

A little about us:
As a global company at the forefront of the electronic payments industry, Visa is a dynamic organization.

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