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Data Science: Mapping Tools - Uber


Palo Alto, California
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About Uber

Uber is a technology company that is changing the way the world thinks about transportation. We are building technology people use everyday. Whether it's heading home from work, getting a meal delivered from a favorite restaurant, or a way to earn extra income, Uber is becoming part of the fabric of daily life.

We're making cities safer, smarter, and more connected. And we're doing it at a global scale-energizing local economies and bringing opportunity to millions of people around the world.

Uber's positive impact is tangible in the communities we operate in, and that drives us to keep moving forward.

Do you dream of making magic with data that aren't just numbers floating in space, but are grounded in the reality of a road network? Do you believe in the capacity of data to make ground transportation orders of magnitude more efficient than it is today? Are you obsessed with driving efficiency through real-world experiments and applied optimization? Do you dream of finding the perfect way to augment human judgment with computer-driven automation to process huge volumes of map data faster than ever before? Then you should join our team and help change the way people traverse cities around the world!

We're looking for a Data Scientist to join our Maps team in Palo Alto, CA, focusing on efficiency improvements. The successful candidate will apply their experience with A/B testing to evaluate proposed changes to policies and processes, ensuring the health of our systems and maximizing the overall business value of the program over time. They will also build mathematical models characterizing the tradeoffs inherent in the decisions made by our operations team, and provide visibility into “what if” scenarios to evaluate decisions with complex consequences.



  • Work alongside engineering teams to design and analyze experiments.
  • Build decision support systems to illustrate and optimize complex tradeoffs among diverse business metrics.
  • Provide analysis using mathematical modeling tools to improve business processes and decisions.
  • Define creative solutions to business problems using advanced mathematical algorithms
  • Embed with engineering and partner closely with operations, business, and infrastructure groups.
  • Work independently, as well as in collaboration with other data scientists.
  • Communicate with senior management and cross-functional teams.
  • Build and validate prototypes to demonstrate the benefits from proposed changes to decision systems and operational processes.


Minimum Qualifications

  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Statistics, or other quantitative discipline.
  • Knowledge of underlying mathematical foundations of statistics and optimization.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a small group.
  • Experience driving research and development.
  • Experience communicating with both technical and business people. Ability to speak at a level appropriate for the audience.
  • Ability to develop statistical analysis software in R or python.
  • Experience designing A/B experiments.
  • Experience applying discrete and/or stochastic optimization methods to business problems.
  • Experience with other object-oriented programming languages (e.g. java, C++, C#) a plus.
  • Experience with reporting-based software (e.g. Shiny) a plus.



  • Employees are given Uber credits every month.
  • The rare opportunity to change the way the world moves. We're not just another social web app, we're moving real people and assets and reinventing transportation and logistics globally.
  • Smart, engaged co-workers.



  • 401(k) plan, gym reimbursement, nine paid company holidays.
  • Full medical/dental/vision package to fit your needs.
  • Unlimited vacation policy; take time when you need it.


Be sure to check out the Uber Engineering Blog to learn more about the team.


Uber is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. Uber does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.

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