Palo Alto Networks Principal Data Scientist (Public Cloud Security) in Santa Clara, California

Palo Alto Networks® is the fastest-growing security company in history. We foster a culture of innovation, authenticity, and collaboration. This focus helps to advance our mission of protecting our way of life in the digital age. Our people make this possible. It’s in our everyday interactions, how we work together and treat each other, that sets Palo Alto Networks apart from other organizations. If you are a motivated, intelligent, creative, and hardworking individual, then this job is for you

About You

Detecting security breaches through data analytics is a challenging problem, and has huge potential. You are a talented and passionate Data Scientist who wants to make an impact by pushing both the field of data science and cyber security forward. From day one, you have to be able to roll up your sleeves and hit the ground running, and bring all of security and data science experience to the team to develop innovative security analytics. Most importantly, you have a positive, “can do” attitude and a passion for delivering technical solutions in a fast-paced environment.


Working closely with in-house security experts, the Data Scientist will define, implement and improvise algorithms to detect known and unknown threats leveraging techniques in machine learning. This is an opportunity to work with web-scale datasets incorporating distributed systems and open source data analytics clusters.


  • Experience successfully applying supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods with an emphasis on anomaly detection.

  • Significant experience in Python or Java.

  • Has successfully deployed or worked with teams to deploy machine learning models to production.

  • Passion for tackling difficult problems and delivering proven results.

Desired Skills:

  • Working knowledge of cloud APIs (AWS/Azure/Google Cloud Platform, etc.).

  • Advanced competency with relational SQL (including window functions, recursion, etc.), Redshift and

  • Basic understanding of distributed queues.

  • Experience using big-data search ingestion, storage, and indexing.

  • Basic understanding of REST APIs, HTTP, JSON


Ph.D. in a quantitative field (e.g., Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, or Operations Research) or an M.S. with 4+ years of relevant experience.


We are the global cybersecurity leader, known for always challenging the security status quo. Our mission is to protect our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. This has given us the privilege of safely enabling tens of thousands of organizations and their customers. Our pioneering Security Operating Platform emboldens their digital transformation with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in security, automation, and analytics. By delivering a true platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of change-makers like us, we provide highly effective and innovative cybersecurity across clouds, networks, and mobile devices.

Our Security Operating Platform is built for automation. It is easy to operate, with capabilities that work together, so customers can prevent successful cyberattacks. They can use analytics to automate routine tasks, so they can focus on what matters. We are known for continuously delivering innovations; and with Application Framework, we extend that to an open ecosystem of developers that benefit from our customers’ existing investment in data, sensors, and enforcement points.

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