Research Scientist IV, Trustworthy AI

Visa, Atlanta GA, US

Everywhere you want to be

Duration: Full-Time

Visa Research conducts applied and fundamental research and was created to lead the company in pushing the boundaries of payment related technologies on a global scale. We engage with the company's numerous technology and product teams, world-wide business partners, academics, and governments, to explore and develop technologies that will shape the future of the payments industry and impact the lives of billions of people.  

The Lead Research Scientist will work with a team to advance the long-term research agenda in trustworthy AI, as well as deliver innovative technologies and insights to Visa's strategic products and business. This role represents an exciting opportunity to make key contributions to Visa's strategic vision as a world-leading data-driven company. The successful candidate must have strong academic track record and demonstrate excellent software engineering skills. The successful candidate will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong attention to detail, and excellent collaboration skills.


  • Contribute to the long-term research agenda in Trustworthy AI and address fundamental challenges in fairness, explainability, robustness, and privacy.

  • Develop prototypes and proofs of concepts to demonstrate the research technologies on real-world problems.

  • Deliver high-impact intellectual property values through research publications and patents.

  • Collaborate with team members to deliver innovative technologies, insights and products to Visa business units to resolve their significant product pain-points and create new growth opportunities.

  • Collaborate with our partners in academia, industry and government on key initiatives to advance our research goals.

  • Foster in-depth and productive relationships at all levels with team members and clients internally and externally. 

Basic Qualifications:

2 years of work experience with a PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

3 or more years of experience with a PhD

• Demonstrated research expertise in machine learning, deep learning, and privacy enhanced technology.
• Deep knowledge in one or several of the following areas: ethical AI, fairness in AI, model interpretation and visualization, adversarial attacks and defenses in AI models, privacy-preserving AI, differential privacy, federated learning, etc.
• Proven track record of high-quality research publications at top academic conferences and journals.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to think outside the box and innovate.
• Strong programming skill in Python or other object-oriented language is a plus.
• Demonstrated research project/program management experience is a plus.
• Experience in payments or related industry is a plus.

Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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