Research Scientist Intern – Ads and Business Platform R&D (PhD)

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Ads and Business Platform R&D focuses on establishing step-change improvements to advance our long-term business growth. The team's expertise spans domains including causal inference, machine learning, cryptography, survey methodology, neuroscience and record linkage. We develop methodologies, design and prototype solutions, and partner with our engineering and product colleagues to scale these solutions such that millions of advertisers can benefit. We are looking for research scientists to join our teams and drive forward new prototypes and methodologies. Interns will join our research and development teams, and pursue novel applied research associated with privacy preserving machine learning, causal inference and experimentation platforms, or cryptography and internet technology. This work is critical to our long-term product development roadmaps, and we expect interns to provide both scientific expertise and creative solutions to accelerate each project area.


  • Assess potential opportunities and execute world-class research associated with your area of scientific expertise
  • Design and develop prototypes to advance our long-term priorities
  • Establish approaches to rigorously assess relative performance of new technologies or strategies
  • Learn new tools, systems and languages quickly as required by the particular project you are working on
  • Apply communication skills to engage diverse audiences on technical topics and nuanced insights


  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in statistics, computer science, physics, quantitative social science, or a related quantitative field
  • Research experience with high-performance computing or large data sets
  • Proficiency designing and implementing analytical and/or algorithmic solutions, tailored to particular business needs and tested on large data sets
  • Strong proficiency in common scripting and query languages
  • Ability to communicate analysis and results to any audience

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