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Employer Provided Salary: $168,600-$285,200 Annually
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Role Description

We are looking for a machine learning leader to build the AI systems that will drive Dropbox’s new initiatives. This will involve driving the design, development, and execution of scientific research projects using modeling, simulation, and optimization to design processes, algorithms, and prediction/classification systems. This work will supports multiple products which touch hundreds of millions of people and a *lot* of data. These AI/ML systems will power Dropbox services like Dash, Dropbox AI and more. 

Models and system designs must handle complex use cases of privacy and drive real-world customer wins and business results while meeting Dropbox AI Principles


  • Understand large complex use cases across the business and design the model solution that is scalable, efficient, automated
  • Design, develop, and deploy highly innovative modeling techniques, in particular next generation of tools/features empowered by LLMs
  • Partner closely with other Dropbox scientists focused on LLM use cases
  • Drive and lead strategic initiatives to employ the most recent advances in ML/AI in a fast-paced, experimental environment impacting multiple products
  • Work closely with teams of scientists and software engineers to drive real-time model implementations and deliver novel and highly impactful features
  • Mentor and grow the scientists in the team and across Dropbox


  • MS or PhD in Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent technical experience
  • 10+ years of experience building consumer or enterprise facing large scale ML/AI systems 
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated passion for helping others leverage machine learning
  • Fluency in Python, SQL or similar scripting languages and skilled at Java, C++, or other programming languages.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with large scale search systems
  • Experience building RAG systems
  • Experience with LLMs - finetuning, prompt engineering, etc.

Total Rewards

Dropbox takes a number of factors into account when determining individual starting pay, including job and level they are hired into, location/metropolitan area, skillset, and peer compensation.  We target most new hire offers between the minimum up to the middle of the range.

Salary/OTE is just one component of Dropbox’s total rewards package. All regular employees are also eligible for the corporate bonus program or a sales incentive (target included in OTE) as well as stock in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).

Current Salary/OTE Ranges (Subject to change):
• US Zone 1: $210,800 - $248,000 - $285,200.
• US Zone 2: $189,700 - $223,200 - $256,700.
• US Zone 3: $168,600 - $198,400 - $228,200.
Dropbox uses the zip code of an employee’s remote work location to determine which metropolitan pay range we use. Current US Zone locations are as follows:
• US Zone 1: San Francisco metro, New York City metro, or Seattle metro
• US Zone 2: Austin (TX) metro, Chicago metro, California (outside SF metro), Colorado, Connecticut (outside NYC metro), Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York (outside NYC metro), Oregon, Pennsylvania (outside NYC or DC metro), Washington (outside Seattle metro), Washington DC metro and West Virginia (DC metro)
• US Zone 3: All other US locations 

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What are Dropbox Perks + Benefits

Dropbox Benefits Overview

We’re proud to offer benefits that help all Dropboxers take care of their holistic selves, so they can keep flowing at work.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Restricted work hours
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
At Dropbox, this is called 'Recharge'
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In order to be successful in our Virtual First environment we needed to make changes that would allow employees to have more control over both where and how they work. Therefore, we embrace “non-linear workdays” with defined core collaboration hours that overlap across time zones. Beyond that, we encourage employees to design their own schedules to balance collaboration with needs for individual focus. We’ve also moved from “all day syncs” to an “async by default” culture, reserving meetings for discussion, debate, and decision-making, and handling all other work in our deep focus hours.

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