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PhD Recruiter - Figma

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Job Title
PhD Recruiter
Job Location
San Francisco, CA • New York, NY • United States
Job Description

Figma is growing our team of passionate people on a mission to make design accessible to all. Born on the Web, Figma helps entire product teams brainstorm, design and build better products — from start to finish. Whether it’s consolidating tools, simplifying workflows, or collaborating across teams and time zones, Figma makes the design process faster, more efficient, and fun while keeping everyone on the same page. From great products to long-lasting companies, we believe that nothing great is made alone—come make with us!

We’re excited to grow our Talent team with a unique role! We’re looking to hire our first PhD Recruiting expert to support Figma’s ML engineering growth as well as spearhead brand new programs for this early career talent team from the ground-up. In addition, we’re looking for a recruiter who can flex to support our high priority and senior talent coming through our M&A channel. You’ll operate in a full-lifecycle capacity, own our first-ever PhD hiring strategy, create intentional research programming, and own the M&A talent channels. You’ll be a highly strategic partner to our leadership team, working on essential roles across the business.  

This is a full-time role that can be held from one of our US hubs or remotely in the United States.

What you’ll do at Figma:

  • Manage the full-cycle recruiting processes for all PhD ML/Research roles including full-time and internships
  • Partner with engineering leaders to develop the first PhD strategy including conference involvement, research papers, university labs, professor connections, and creative outreach strategies
  • Operate as a subject matter expert, being a direct extension of our ML teams and primary touchpoint for candidates from initial outreach through the offer stage, ensuring a top notch candidate experience
  • Spearhead Figma’s first PhD intern and full-time program, working cross-functionally with an expansive list of key stakeholders
  • Be the point of contact for all talent coming through our M&A channel, offering a high touch candidate experience, partnering with our Corporate Development team on process improvements, and collaborating directly with our C-Suite team 
  • Continuously show up as a leader on the team from how you partner with leadership, set up a thorough strategy from scratch, build intentional programs, to closing a unique profile of candidates

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • 6+ years of full-lifecycle technical recruiting experience in a fast-paced environment
  • 2+ years of full-lifecycle recruiting experience focused on AI / ML PhD roles
  • Deep experience working with PhD/research communities and strong knowledge of the ML market
  • Strong track record of setting up conference presence as well as professor, university, and lab partnerships (travel required)
  • Demonstrated success in hiring top technical talent at a premier tech company and/or high-growth startup
  • Demonstrated success partnering with Executives to navigate high priority, complex, and fast-paced candidate and offer scenarios

While not required, it’s an added plus if you also have:

  • Experience working with talent through an M&A specific channel  
  • Used Figma’s products
At Figma, one of our values is Grow as you go. We believe in hiring smart, curious people who are excited to learn and develop their skills. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the points outlined in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Pay Transparency Disclosure

If based in Figma’s San Francisco or New York hub offices, this role has the annual base salary range stated below.  

Job level and actual compensation will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, individual qualifications objectively assessed during the interview process (including skills and prior relevant experience, potential impact, and scope of role), market demands, and specific work location. The listed range is a guideline, and the range for this role may be modified. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, the pay range is localized according to employee work location by a factor of between 80% and 100% of range. Please discuss your specific work location with your recruiter for more information. 

Figma offers equity to employees, as well a competitive package of additional benefits, including health, dental & vision, retirement with company contribution, parental leave & reproductive or family planning support, mental health & wellness benefits, generous PTO, company recharge days, a learning & development stipend, a work from home stipend, and cell phone reimbursement.  Figma also offers sales incentive pay for most sales roles. Figma’s compensation and benefits are subject to change and may be modified in the future. You may view our Pay Transparency Policy by clicking on the corresponding link.

Annual Base Salary Range (SF/NY Hub):
$136,000$260,000 USD

At Figma we celebrate and support our differences. We know employing a team rich in diverse thoughts, experiences, and opinions allows our employees, our product and our community to flourish. Figma is an equal opportunity workplace - we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

We will work to ensure individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to apply for a role, participate in the interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you require accommodation, please reach out to These modifications enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as people without disabilities. 

Examples of accommodations include but are not limited to: 

  • Holding interviews in an accessible location
  • Enabling closed captioning on video conferencing
  • Ensuring all written communication be compatible with screen readers
  • Changing the mode or format of interviews 

By applying for this job, the candidate acknowledges and agrees that any personal data contained in their application or supporting materials will be processed in accordance with the applicable candidate section of Figma's Privacy Policy.

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Figma Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

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Figma Company Size

Between 2,000 - 10,000 employees

Figma Founded Year


Figma Funding Rounds

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  • Series Unknown

    $415,749,740 USD

  • Series E

    $501,860 SEK

  • Series E

    $200,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $50,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $40,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $25,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $14,000,000 USD

  • Seed

    $3,874,996 USD