Machine Learning Research Engineer

Apr 27, 2024
Santa Monica, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Machine Learning Research Engineer

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Job Description:

Your Mission

The Data Scientist, Security Operations will develop and operationalize machine learning models as part of our Anti-Cheat efforts.

What you bring to the table

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Develop tools to help find, monitor, and investigate emerging threats targeting our games and our players.
  • Analyze security log data from numerous heterogeneous security devices using advanced statistical techniques such as data analysis, data mining, optimization tools, and machine learning techniques and statistics.
  • Build tools to automatically report on system irregularities and issues related to improper data access patterns using anomaly detection and event correlations.
  • Apply technical competence and analytical capabilities to improve security efficiency and streamline/automate Security Operations processes.
  • Research, educate and apply knowledge of existing and emerging cybersecurity data science principles, theories, and techniques.
  • Distill complex information into actionable recommendations.

Minimum Requirements


  • Prototype-to-production engineering skills in Python, including standard processes such as source control, accurate documentation, versioning, testing, containerization, CI/CD, and task scheduling.
  • Advanced analytics (statistical power analysis, significance testing, t-tests, ANOVA) and proficient SQL skills.
  • Machine learning experience, i.e. regression, classification, and clustering algorithms. Time-series analysis, Bayesian methods, and survival analysis.
  • Experience with cybersecurity data sets and applying machine learning techniques to aid in security and/or threat hunting.
  • Engineering experience in at least one cloud platform such as AWS, GCP, or Azure.
  • Basic understanding of game security, game development, and anti-cheat software.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field.
  • 1+ years of experience in threat intelligence, open-source intelligence, online research, fraud or anti-cheat investigations, or similar.

Extra Points


  • Mobile (iOS/Android) experience.
  • C# development experience.
  • Deep learning experience.
  • Video game enthusiasm with a solid understanding of the gameplay mechanics in Warzone.
  • Experience working in Agile Scrum development environments.
  • Experience with Jira or a similar technology.

Your Platform

Activision Central Tech works to support our development studios and their titles. Comprised of seven main teams, we have many specialties including big data, privacy and security, motion capture and animation pipeline technologies, graphics, build and infrastructure for studio development and data centers, optimization, systems programming and online services including matchmaking and networking. Central Tech is distributed globally with offices across the U.S., and in Canada, England, and Ireland.

Most of our teams are comprised of both engineering and research talent, allowing us to always have an eye on the future. Our dedicated engineers help with title development and provide valuable knowledge sharing between studios while our researchers are action-oriented and keep a strong connection with the needs of the game studios.

Central Tech is part of Activision. To learn more about us and our research, please visit us at

Our World

At Activision, we strive to create the most iconic brands in gaming and entertainment. We’re driven by our mission to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences for the world to enjoy, together. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™, and Guitar Hero®. As a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and products, our “press start” is simple: delight hundreds of millions of players around the world with innovative, fun, thrilling, and engaging entertainment experiences.

We’re not just looking back at our decades-long legacy; we’re forging ahead to keep advancing gameplay with some of the most popular titles and sophisticated technology in the world. We have bold ambitions to create the most inclusive company as we know our success comes from the passionate, creative, and diverse teams within our organization.

We’re in the business of delivering fun and unforgettable entertainment for our player community to enjoy. And our future opportunities have never been greater — this could be your opportunity to level up.

Ready to Activate Your Future?


We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!  Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;
  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;
  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;
  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;
  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

Eligibility to participate in these benefits may vary for part time and temporary full-time employees and interns with the Company.  You can learn more by visiting

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $77,500.00 - $143,376.00 Annual. These values reflect the expected base pay range of new hires across all U.S. locations. Ultimately, your specific range and offer will be based on several factors, including relevant experience, performance, and work location. Your Talent Professional can share this role’s range details for your local geography during the hiring process. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.
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