Senior/Staff Machine Learning Engineer (Search) – Remote across ANZ


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Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 86 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,000 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

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The Machine Learning Engineering specialty is engaged in delivering value to Canva’s users, by designing, building and maintaining complex production systems to apply statistics and machine learning at scale. We’re building a highly personalised Canva; developing and productionising user modelling that directly drives product features and targeting messaging and marketing; making it easy for users to discover over 100M+ templates, photos, videos and elements; applying ML to label and transform a vast number and variety of images; and leveraging our unique design data to empower users to design.

We’re looking to grow the team to continue to scale the impact of machine learning across Canva. You’ll be joining a fast moving cross-functional team, rapidly building and shipping machine learning-driven features to users and staff.

The Search & Recommendations Group is working to enhance its search retrieval and relevance capabilities. We are expanding our use of ML-based approaches as we continue to scale up across languages and markets, design content types, and creator marketplace contributions. 


The core technical pieces to support these capabilities include:


  • Indexing – Visual content representation and content understanding
  • Retrieval – Query understanding, language understanding
  • Ranking – Topical, contextual, personalised and business objective feature modelling and ranking systems
  • User experience – Universal search systems, diversity-aware ranking
  • Query assistance – Autocomplete, popular and related searches
  • Metrics and experimentation – Development of sensitive offline and online metrics and more efficient and predictive experimentation systems.



  • Working in one or more of the search layer areas listed above
  • Applying knowledge of information retrieval technologies, e.g., OpenSearch, ElasticSearch, Solr, Learning to Rank algorithms and toolkits
  • Building scalable ML solutions that meet our SLA guidelines, beyond just ML model training
  • Model deployments and feature engineering as part of large-scale systems using a service-oriented architecture
  • Analytical skills with hypothesis-driven problem solving and turning data into actionable insights
  • Practical and ethical considerations of ML data sets for training and evaluation



  • Requirement to have worked in search, ranking, ads, etc.
  • Good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, learning to rank, information retrieval, search-specific experimentation and metrics.
  • (Ideal) Experience at working in hyper-growth companies that incorporate search or recommendations as part of a product experience (high growth teams, rapidly evolving requirements, and building E2E ranking systems)
  • (Ideal) Specific image/video search experience and/or image/video understanding and feature representation via state-of-the-art models.
  • (Bonus) Interest & experience in responsible AI considerations with ML-based systems.



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