Principal Data Scientist- Security Intrusion Detection

Full Time
Bellevue, WA
Areas of Interest: Vulnerability Assessment and Management
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The Team
The Detection Engineering and Security Analytics Team at Salesforce are looking for an experienced, driven, and creative Data Scientist (Research Scientist) to join the team. We explore, invent, and build new ways to secure the Salesforce Infrastructure. We leverage Big Data, as well as leading-edge behavior- and signature-based techniques. We own our solutions, from inception, through proof-of-concept, production-ready software engineering, testing, packaging, and efficacy monitoring. We are a growing, highly visible, and highly agile team where experimentation, collaboration, and spirited discussion are the norm.

About You
You apply your extensive data science experience and big data toolset to innovate in and build new solutions - solutions to mine internal system and entity data to identify suspicious or malicious behavior. Your primary focus is in researching, experimenting with, and proving out new techniques in anomaly detection, behavior-based analysis, and pattern recognition. You bring a tireless curiosity to data exploration. You partner with threat experts to understand evolving threat patterns and their detection. You champion proven techniques and assist with their software engineering and on-going efficacy measurement. 
If you're interested in a role involving applied research, data mining, and behavioral analysis, but also have the skill to collaborate with threat researchers and software engineers, this is the job for you! 

  • Conduct and document exploratory data analysis of potential source datasets.
  • Conduct literature searches on current techniques in data mining, machine learning, and threat detection.
  • Formulate, build, test, and document proofs-of-concept for new techniques in threat detection.
  • Consult with and/or assist in software engineering for proven techniques, including design, development, and efficacy testing.
  • Provide periodic efficacy measurement, analysis, and reporting for deployed techniques.
Required Skills:
  • Ph.D. or Masters and 5+ years experience in Computer Science, Math, Statistics, or related quantitative discipline
  • Demonstrated, extensive experience in machine learning and data mining
  • Strong fundamentals in applied statistics and probability
  • Facility with current big data tools, including Apache Spark and HBase
  • Strong programming skills in Java and Python, or Scala
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience formulating and driving applied research projects from proof-of-concept through implementation
Skills with a Plus:
  • Strong understanding of security, including threat propagation and malware analysis
  • Experience in applying big-data techniques to security, specifically in anomaly detection, pattern recognition, behavior-based analysis, and correlation.
  • Experience in stream data processing (Apache Storm ideal)
  • Related experience in genomics, high-speed trading, or other domains involving pattern recognition or behavior-based analysis
  • A deep understanding of computer systems, networks, protocols, and information security concepts
About Salesforce:
Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. The company was founded on three disruptive ideas: a new technology model in cloud computing, a pay-as-you-go business model, and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. These founding principles have taken our company to great heights, including being named one of Forbes's "World's Most Innovative Company" five years in a row and one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" eight years in a row. We are the fastest growing of the top 10 enterprise software companies, and this level of growth equals incredible opportunities to grow a career at Salesforce. Together, with our whole Ohana (Hawaiian for "family") made up of our employees, customers, partners and communities, we are working to improve the state of the world. is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. Headhunters and recruitment agencies may not submit resumes/CVs through this Web site or directly to managers. does not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes. will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with
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