Senior /Principal Machine Learning Engineer


Palo Alto Networks

Santa Clara, CA
Full Time
2y ago

Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks.  And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

Job Description

Your Impact:

We are looking for an exceptionally talented Machine Learning Engineer to be part of a fast paced team that uses Machine Learning to build innovative products for organizations to easily discover, classify, and protect highly sensitive data across SaaS applications. Our team finds solutions to hard problems, is innovative in finding data, builds models, and puts them into production.  We produce several patents every year.


  • Apply machine learning, NLP, and deep learning methods to massive structured and unstructured data sets, classify documents, perform context analysis and extract complex patterns

  • Leverage the latest advances in Deep Learning and NLP to develop scalable solutions to improve the overall product experience by ensuring high efficacy, low false positive and false negative rates

  • Architect and assume end-to-end ownership of ML implementations while optimizing for scalability, performance and code quality

  • Be a Technical Leader to develop and drive ML best practices and processes across the board

  • Discover new opportunities to apply ML/NLP to solve critical problems and design a high-value roadmap that scales the impact of ML for customers

  • Partner with Product and Business teams to ideate, collaborate and define product roadmaps that advance our ecosystem of Data Security and DLP offerings


Your Experience:

  • MS / PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field

  • 7+ years industry / academia experience in software development, minimum 5 years as a machine learning engineer or a data scientist

  • Be an excellent programmer; experience with distributed cloud systems like GCP or AWS and containers like Docker a plus

  • Proven track record in solving difficult real world problems by applying Machine Learning techniques

  • Experience with deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch and TensorFlow, Computer Vision, NLP, or related areas is a big plus

  • Have a strong working knowledge of machine learning algorithms such as XGBoost/CatBoost, CNNs, LSTMs, NLP frameworks like SpaCY, Gensim, NLTK, Byte Pair Encoding schemes, etc.

  • Thorough understanding of ML Ops best practices, ability to design, test, measure algorithms/models and orchestrate

  • Have a "get stuff done" attitude, enjoy being hands-on and working alongside the team to solve the most pressing problems in a fast-paced, collaborative environment

  • Bonus: Passion for security, prior experience in NLP and/or security products or services 


Additional Information

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of our products and connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. We are constantly innovating — challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. Our engineers don’t shy away from building products to solve the problems no one has pursued before. 

We define the industry instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of a challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment. 


Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at [email protected].

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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