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ML/AI Engineer - Applied Research

Drive fundamental and applied research in ML/AI to improve Figma's design and collaboration tool.
San Francisco, California, United States
$168,000-$350,000 USD per year
7 months ago

✨ About The Role

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web , Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm , design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

We’re looking for engineers with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence background to improve our products and build new capabilities. You will be driving fundamental and applied research in this area. You will be combining industry best practices and a first-principles approach to design and build ML models and infrastructure that will improve Figma’s design and collaboration tool .

What you’ll do at Figma:

  • You will be driving fundamental and applied research in ML/AI. You will explore the boundaries of what is possible with the current technology set.
  • You will be combining industry best practices and a first-principles approach to design and build ML models and infrastructure
  • Work in concert with other product, infrastructure engineers to improve Figma’s design and collaboration tool.

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • 8+ years of experience in programming languages (Python, C++, Java or R)
  • 8+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, recommendation systems, natural language understanding/generation or artificial intelligence.
  • Proven experience researching, building and/or fine-tuning ML models in production environments
  • Experience communicating and working across functions to drive solutions

While not required, It’s an added plus if you also have :

  • Proven track record of planning multi-year roadmap in which shorter-term projects ladder to the long-term vision.
  • Experience in mentoring/influencing senior engineers across organizations.
At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information.

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement.  Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$168,000 $350,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status , or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you require accommodation, please reach out to .

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ML/AI Engineer - Applied Research
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