Senior Data Scientist, Business Intelligence
Location:
Posted:
June 04, 2016
Reference:
16000GJ
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a senior data scientist to join our business intelligence and 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.

Responsibilities
  • 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.

Requirements
  • 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.
  • Able to invent and prototype novel machine learning algorithms from scratch
  • A minimum of 3 years' 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

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

Required Application Materials
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter which should include:
    • Why you are interested in working at Blizzard
    • What games you are currently playing

**Only submittals with Cover Letters will be considered.
A little about us:
Blizzard Entertainment is a premier developer/publisher of entertainment software, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Hearthstone.

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