Senior Data Scientist

Full Time Senior Posted a month ago
Main Location
Irvine, CA, United States
Company Overview

Second Dinner is located in sunny Orange County, CA. We are a small studio that believes in moving fast and giving everyone a feeling of ownership. People who join us will have a massive impact on both the game and the company.

Whether you prefer the serendipity and organic collaboration of being co-located in an office, or the focus and convenience of being fully remote, Second Dinner is excited to discuss how to help you do your best work. Remote? In-Person? A little of both? Let's do it!

Second Dinner is fully funded, so we think we have everything we need to take our first game over the finish line. We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and stock options. It feels like a start-up over here, but without the risk of running out of money before our next milestone.

HEEEEY! Second Dinner is hard at work on a (still secret, but super fun!) Marvel mobile game. We’re looking for a passionate Senior Data Scientist to build data science, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to keep improving and reinventing the player experience of our game. The Senior Data Scientist will collaborate with design, business, product, analytics, engineering, and other disciplines to help make our game wildly fun and engaging.

If you love crafting world-class game experiences, collaborating with extraordinarily talented cross-functional teams, and creating data science and ML/AI solutions to make a direct impact on millions of players, then APPLY!!!

Apply here! **Please attach your cover letter AND resume as one document.**

Key responsibilities:
  • Design and develop data science and ML/AI systems. Partner with data engineers and software engineers to deploy the solutions.
  • Identify and translate business and product opportunities into data science initiatives. Work with design, product, business, and engineering to realize them.
  • Partner closely with design to innovate and integrate data science and ML/AI solutions to influence core gameplay and meta-system design.
  • Drive excellence in our approach to experimentation. Partner with analysts and product managers to improve the impact of our live ops.
  • Research and prototype AI technologies to push the boundaries of game development.
  • Evangelize data science and ML/AI. Level up the data literacy of the group.
  • Contribute as a key member in determining the vision and strategy for data and analytics.
Required skills:
  • Advanced degree in ML/AI, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in data science and ML/AI.
  • 4+ years of experience in SQL and Python.
  • 2+ years of experience in Spark/PySpark.
  • Deep understanding of applied ML, optimization, statistics, hypothesis testing, and experimental design.
  • Deep expertise in ML frameworks such as Scikit-Learn, TensorFlow, PyTorch.
  • Experience in recommender systems.
  • Experience with fundamental ETL/ELT.
  • Demonstrated success in a highly collaborative cross-functional work environment.
  • Passionate player of mobile games.
  • Mindset for serving a diverse and global player base.
  • Ph.D. in ML/AI, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field.
  • Experience with reinforcement learning theories and frameworks such as Unity ML-Agent, OpenAI Gym, Ray RLLib.
  • Experience with AWS, Databricks, and Looker.
  • Experience in .NET/C# and backend software development.
  • Experience collaborating with software engineers on ML/AI systems.
  • Experience working in online video games, preferably free-to-play mobile games.
  • Experience with the experimentation of consumer-facing features and live ops.
  • Experience with analytics for consumer-facing online services with a global presence.
  • Passion for making video games
Other Benefits

Relocation available

Equal Opportunity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that places high value on diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, disability status, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military status, or veteran status. A diverse team with varied perspectives makes us a better company and will help us make better games. If you can bring something new to the table and expand our point of view, that’s huge upside. Please apply!

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Senior Data Scientist
Second Dinner