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Machine Learning Engineer II, Content AI

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Job Description

We're transforming the grocery industry

At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we’re building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you’re ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

Instacart is a Flex First team

There’s no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work—whether it’s from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop—while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events. Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.


We're looking for mid level machine learning engineers who have a strong foundational understanding of ML concepts to join our team. We work on a range of interesting and challenging problems, from ensuring deliveries are efficient and on-time to helping customers decide what to buy. Machine learning is at the heart of this effort and an essential ingredient in Instacart's aggressive growth plan and vision for the future.

As Instacart grows and takes on more challenging ambitions, we look to engineers to raise the level of execution overall with both depth of knowledge and broad influence. In addition, they are strong communicators, and effective cross-functional operators.

About the Role

  • This is an individual contributor role with significant impact within the machine learning and product teams
  • You will collaborate with Staff Machine Learning Engineers and Product Managers to influence features and projects
  • Design, develop, test, and deploy machine learning models to solve customer problems and drive business forward
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements in ML
  • Assist in designing ML services capable of large-scale model development

About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • Have a graduate degree (masters or PhD) in artificial intelligence, machine learning or equivalent self study and experience
  • Have strong programming skills in Python and fluency in data manipulation (SQL, Spark, Pandas, Snowflake) and machine learning (scikit-learn, XGBoost, Keras/Tensorflow/Pytorch) tools
  • Have strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • Are a strong communicator who can collaborate with diverse stakeholders across all levels

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of industry experience developing machine learning models with business impact, and shipping ML/AI solutions to production.
  • Strong expertise in one or more of the areas:
    • Personalization, recommendation systems, knowledge graphs, and catalog management.
    • Natural Language Processing (NLP), large language models, generative AI, conversational AI, and computer vision.

Advice from our career coach

As a successful applicant for the mid-level machine learning engineer role at Instacart, it's crucial to have a strong foundational understanding of ML concepts and a graduate degree in artificial intelligence, machine learning, or equivalent self-study and experience. Here are some specific tips to help you stand out:

  • Highlight your graduate degree in AI/ML or relevant experience in your application.
  • Showcase your strong programming skills in Python and expertise in data manipulation and ML tools like SQL, Pandas, scikit-learn, and TensorFlow.
  • Emphasize your analytical skills and problem-solving ability to demonstrate your capability in handling complex ML problems.
  • Demonstrate your communication skills by showcasing your ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders across all levels.
  • If you have industry experience developing ML models or have shipped ML/AI solutions to production, make sure to highlight this in your resume.
  • Focus on your expertise in specific areas such as personalization, recommendation systems, NLP, or computer vision to align with Instacart's needs.

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