Research Scientist, Security, Privacy, and Responsible AI (PhD)

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Meta is seeking a Research Scientist to join our AI Research. Individuals in this role are expected to be recognized experts in security and privacy for AI, particularly including areas such as attacks and their mitigations; privacy-enhancing technologies such as homomorphic encryption, secure processors and other secure hardware, secure multiparty computations, distributed and federated learning, and on-device computation; and formulations of privacy such as differential privacy, networked privacy, statistical privacy, privacy as a process, confidentiality and control of private information, and communication and information theory. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in producing new science to understand intelligence and technology and how to apply it safely and fairly in real world settings. The ideal candidate will also be interested in AI ethics, law, and policy and engage with teams around the company to help develop their own technologies, practices, and processes in the space.
Research Scientist, Security, Privacy, and Responsible AI (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Perform research to advance the science, technology, and understanding of security and privacy.
  • Influence progress of relevant research communities by publishing and developing open-source software.
  • Engage with product, legal, and policy teams to help them develop informed approaches.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment in the field of Computer Science, relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience. Degree must be completed prior to joining Meta.
  • Research experience in security and privacy.
  • Coding experience in Python, C, C++, C#, Rust, or other similar language.
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Proven track record of achieving results as demonstrated by fellowships, patents, journal articles or publications at conferences such as PETS, S&P, CCS, CSF, POST, USENIX Security, UAI, AISTATS, FAccT, ICIS, SIGSAC, or similar.
  • Established member of the research community, as exhibited by activities such as serving on conference or paper review committees, developing widely-used software packages, or contributing to laws and regulations.
  • International recognition of work in security and privacy as demonstrated by awards, prizes, press mentions, advisory positions, committee memberships, or organization leadership.
  • Research and software engineering experience demonstrated via an internship, work experience, coding competitions, or open-source contributions.
  • Experience driving a long-term research program.
  • Experience solving complex problems and comparing alternative solutions, tradeoffs, and diverse points of view to determine a path forward.
  • Experience working and communicating cross functionally in a team environment.
About Meta
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.
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