Senior Search Ranking Engineer

Etsy, San Francisco

Peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies

Etsy is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our Search Ranking team and help us power a unique, values-driven shopping experience that connects millions of buyers and sellers to one another.

The ideal candidate is a software engineer who has worked on search or search-related areas like recommender systems, and has background in information retrieval and machine learning.

The team is based in San Francisco, but we’re also open to candidates who are based in Brooklyn, NY, or who would work remotely.

Close knit team, high impact. Every member of our engineering team has a high level of level impact in driving key business goals. Our engineering team enjoys the process of helping tens of millions of buyers’ find what they’re looking for while simultaneously helping our sellers (creative entrepreneurs) be more successful.

Unique products, unique challenges. Etsy is a unique marketplace, and so is every item listed on it. This creates both exciting and a unique set of challenges in architecting a search experience that matches buyers to the products that match their unique tastes.

Technologically adaptable. We’re primarily a Java and Scala shop, but we use whatever tools are best to solve the problem at hand. Whether that is Spark for data analysis or deep learning to understand the text and images in product listings.

About the Role

  • Improve our machine-learned ranking with better feature engineering, modeling, and training data collection.
  • Develop query understanding tools, including query expansion, entity recognition, and natural language understanding.
  • Develop document understanding tools to automatically extract structure from free-text product descriptions.
  • Build features that support exploratory search, such as search results diversification, faceted search, and suggested search queries.
  • Deliver personalized search experiences via a combination of explicit and inferred user preferences.
  • Use multimodal deep learning to combine our text and image data to deliver the best possible search experience.

About You

  • MS/PhD in Computer Science or related technical field or BS with 2+ years of applied ranking or machine learning experience
  • You’ve worked on problems in our space, ideally (but not necessarily) on search in the context of e-commerce or a marketplace
  • You’re familiar with the different parts of the search stack and understand how data, infrastructure, and user experience interact with ranking.
  • You enjoy an experiment-driven approach to product development
  • You have experience applying information retrieval and machine learning to real-world problems

What’s Next

Interested in working with us? Send us a cover letter and your resume explaining why you’d be great for the job. We value your unique talents and point of view, so feel free to tell us what you are all about. If you have an online presence (blog, Twitter, Facebook), send it along. And if you write, draw, craft, or contribute to something you’re proud of, we’d love to hear about it.  

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of color, ancestry, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status.

About Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.

The heart and soul of Etsy is our global community: the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make or curate, the shoppers looking for things they can’t find anywhere else, the manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them grow, and the Etsy employees who maintain and nurture our marketplace.

Want to learn more about Etsy? Visit Etsy's website.