Senior Staff Engineer – Search Infrastructure, Knowledge Systems at Airbnb

Title: Senior Staff Engineer – Search Infrastructure, Knowledge Systems

Location: San Francisco, CA

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb’s various functions embody the company’s innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

The Location

This position is US – Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. Airbnb,Inc. can employ in states where we have registered entities. Currently, employees can not be located in: Alaska, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware and Rhode Island. This list is continuously evolving and being updated, please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

The Team:

Search is at the core of the Airbnb marketplace that connects our guests and hosts. It helps guests find the best homes and experiences to fit their needs and wants. The Search and Knowledge Infrastructure team is creating the travel Knowledge Graph, building and serving the index that power Homes and Experiences search. We collaborate with cross-functional partners to revolutionize Airbnb search experience, and advance Airbnb’s mission to help anyone feel like they can belong anywhere.

The Role:

Come join Airbnb’s travel knowledge graph effort to build a foundational intelligence layer to power advanced contextual search and exceptional user experience. The travel graph captures the knowledge about the various aspects of travel through holistic understanding of the travel landscape at a very large scale. Our team builds data systems, exciting technology and systems that are the foundation for substantial advances in Airbnb’s Search capabilities including Airbnb’s Travel Graph, Location Understanding, and Real-time User State.

We are looking for a senior individual contributor/tech lead to take on a proactive role in shaping the future of the travel graph and travel knowledge and lead critical, impactful projects for Airbnb across data and infrastructure which play a vital role in redefining Search and innovating product features.

Areas of work and expertise include Knowledge inference systems such as Web based text mining, categorization, scoring systems, entity recognition & extraction, and infrastructure components, including traditional and knowledge graph architectures, data driven systems, and more.

What we are looking for:

  • 10-15+ years experience in building Data Quality systems, including real world application of Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, and NLP
  • Proven experience and successful track record of leading ambitious large scale projects as an individual contributor
  • Strong engineering skills, comfortable with contributing on both algorithmic and system development
  • Experience in leading complex technical projects and collaborating with other teams across organization boundaries
  • Preferred additional experience in geo-spatial data systems, Personalization, Search systems, and Knowledge Graphs
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in CS or related field

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The starting base pay for this role is between $220,000 and $295,000. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.