Handshake is hiring a

Staff Software Engineer, Machine Learning


Everyone is welcome at Handshake. We know diverse teams build better products and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture built on a foundation of respect for all individuals. We strongly encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds, historically marginalized or underrepresented groups to apply.

If you are not sure that you’re 100% qualified, but up for the challenge – we want you to apply. We believe skills are transferable and passion for our mission goes a long way.

Your Impact: 

Handshake is hiring a staff software engineer to drive full-stack ML initiatives across Job Recommendations, Job Search, and Home Feed. You will be part of the Core Relevance team, led by engineers and researchers with decades of applied-ML experience across industry-leading companies. We are a passionate group dedicated to improving career outcomes for students of all backgrounds by leveraging our rich data warehouse containing 100s of millions of student-job interactions.  

You will build ML serving architectures and data flows that integrate state-of-the-art ML models/features into production services for transformative impact across core user experiences. You will design and deploy ML applications for multiple products that make innovative new student experiences come to life. 

Your Role: 

  • Integrate and deploy state-of-the-art ML models for online retrieval, re-ranking, and nearest-neighbor search 
  • Architect and build online scoring services, feature stores, search indexes, and model registries
  • Stand-up performant ML inference microservices and design APIs for multiple client use cases 
  • Scale offline data pipelines for millions of users and publish outputs to online stores
  • Prototype and productionize model architecture improvements and new features 
  • Collaborate x-functionally with PMs, designers, and engineers to build new technologies and product features 
  • Optimize core business metrics with company-wide impact through experimentation and iteration

Your Experience:

  • Ideally 3+ years industry experience in applied machine learning
  • Designed / implemented components of online machine learning systems at scale
  • Follow software engineering best practices while shipping performant, production-quality code
  • Utilize end-to-end ML industry best practices, from data->modeling->evaluation->deployment
  • Prior experience building Recommendation, Search or Ads ML systems is preferred
  • Comfortable in a lean, agile environment with a focus on tracking, impact, testing, and iteration
  • Passionate about effective communication and team collaboration

Compensation Range: 

$163,688 - $260,000 + equity

For cash compensation, we set standard ranges for all U.S.-based roles based on function, level, and geographic location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. In order to be compliant with local legislation, as well as to provide greater transparency to candidates, we share salary ranges on all job postings regardless of desired hiring location. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including geographic location as well as candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

About Us:

Handshake is the #1 place to launch a career with no connections, experience, or luck required. The platform connects up-and-coming talent with 650,000+ employers - from Fortune 500 companies like Google, Nike, and Target to thousands of public school districts, healthcare systems, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, we announced our $200M Series F funding round. This Series F fundraise and new valuation of $3.5B will fuel Handshake’s next phase of growth and propel our mission to help more people start, restart, and jumpstart their careers.

When it comes to our workforce strategy, we’ve thought deeply about how work-life should look here at Handshake. With our Hub-Based Remote Working strategy, employees can enjoy the flexibility of remote work, whilst ensuring collaboration and team experiences in a shared space remains possible. Handshake is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, New York, and London and teammates working globally. So, whether you live on the coasts, the midwest, or overseas, chances are we have a hub near you offering the best of both worlds. 

Check out our careers site to find a hub near you!

What We Offer:

At Handshake, we'll give you the tools to feel healthy, happy and secure.

  • 💰Equity and ownership in a fast-growing company.
  • 🍼16 Weeks of paid parental leave for birth giving parents & 10 weeks of paid parental leave for non-birth giving parents.
  • 💝Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision policies including LGTBQ+ Coverage. We also provide resources for Mental Health Assistance, Employee Assistance Programs and counseling support.
  • 💻Handshake offers $500/£360 home office stipend for you to spend during your first 3 months to create a productive and comfortable workspace at home.
  • 📚Generous learning & development opportunities and an annual $2,000/£1,500/2k€ stipend for you to grow your skills and career.

(US Handshakers)

  • 🏦401k Match: Handshake offers a dollar-for-dollar match on 1% of deferred salary, up to a maximum of $1,200 per year.
  • 🏝All full-time US-based Handshakers are eligible for our flexible time off policy to get out and see the world. In addition, we offer 8 standardized holidays, and 2 additional days of flexible holiday time off. Lastly, we have a Winter #ShakeBreak, a one-week period of Collective Time Off. 

(UK Handshakers) 

  • 🏦Pension Scheme: Handshake will provide you with a workplace pension, where you will make contributions based on 5% of your salary. Handshake will pay the equivalent of 3% towards your pension plan, subject to qualifying earnings limits.
  • 🏝Up to 25 days of vacation to encourage people to reset, recharge, and refresh, in addition to 8 bank holidays throughout the year.
(Berlin Handshakers)
  • ❤️Wellbeing Stipend
  • ✏️Productivity Stipend (60€/month for mobility in Berlin or 500€ one-off for home office set-up outside of Berlin)

Benefits above apply to employees in full-time positions.

Looking for more? Explore our mission, values and comprehensive US benefits at joinhandshake.com/careers.

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