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How can I prepare to be a Staff+ research engineer?

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Senior Software Engineer at Series B Startup2 years ago

I’d like to be a very senior research engineer in a FAANG company. I’m currently a senior engineer at my medium-sized company but I want to move closer to the research side as a more senior IC. What does it look like to be Staff+ research engineer vs software engineer? How can I build those skills now?

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    Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    2 years ago
    • These titles are often invented (meaningless).
    • Focus more on the scope of your work and your ability to lead a team of engineers through a lot of ambiguity.
    • On the research side, having some awareness of the research priorities is important, which may be (are often) different from product teams.