Senior Staff Machine Learning Engineer: Hosting Platform - Understanding

San Francisco, CA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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Posted 1 month ago

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.

Hosting Platform at Airbnb

Hosting is Airbnb’s core business and we work on everything from driving improvements to the Host experience to launching new product verticals from the ground up. The Hosting team aims to inspire and empower people around the world to live richer lives by Hosting on Airbnb. Hosting means many things here at Airbnb. We support Hosts who offer individual Homes, Experiences, multiple Homes, and Hotels on the platform. The Hosting Platform team focuses on building platforms and products that power all accommodation categories to scale efficiently and to provide unique user experience for our hosts and guests. The team was formed in late 2018 and is still very early in our journey building out the first generation of product platform solutions. 

Understanding on Hosting Platform

The Understanding team on Hosting Platform is responsible for building a catalog of every home on Airbnb and in the World.  Be a leader in the team working on critical, impactful projects with focus on text understanding, natural language processing, information extraction, and Airbnb’s knowledge graph. We collaborate closely with teams across Airbnb to support a healthy marketplace for hosts and guests to further Airbnb’s mission of creating a world where people can Belong Anywhere.

This team will be responsible for the categorization, reviews, and address quality efforts at Airbnb.  It will also work to ensure that we are improving the coverage and accuracy of all attributes for accommodations at Airbnb.  


  • Partner with Host Supply teams, Trust & other critical leadership and cross-functional partners to set the strategic direction for Airbnb’s catalog efforts and to establish a center of excellence for hosting understanding.
  • Lead machine learning and software engineering decision-making and define the engineering roadmap to meet project goals.
  • Establish processes — project management, collaboration, code quality — to help the team operate efficiently.
  • Contribute to engineering-wide initiatives 
  • Mentor team members

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant engineering hands-on work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in CS or related field; Master’s or PhD in CS or related field preferred
  • Background in Machine Learning/Natural Language Processing
  • Deep understanding of text representation and semantic extraction techniques,  statistics and classification algorithms
  • Proven technical leadership on developing high scalable ML systems in production
  • Passion for working with data at scale and empowering organizations through data
  • Exceptional architecture abilities and experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale application
  • Been actively involved in setting product strategy
  • Shipped several large scale projects with multiple dependencies across teams
Job region(s): North America
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