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2019 PhD Data Scientist Internship - Research & ...
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Uber | San Francisco, CA
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About Uber

At Uber, we ignite opportunity by setting the world in motion. We take on big problems to help drivers, riders, delivery partners, and eaters get moving in more than 600 cities around the world.

We welcome people from all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to help build a future where everyone and everything can move independently. If you have the curiosity, passion, and collaborative spirit, work with us, and let's move the world forward, together.

Job Description

We're looking for PhD intern candidates to join the Research & Economics team in Summer 2019 (3 months). We seek candidates with a strong background in economics, transportation research, or other quantitative social sciences. You would focus your work in conducting rigorous research that places our business and driver-partners in the context of the economies in which Uber operates. Our mission is to help people both inside and outside Uber understand the unique nature of our independent work model and how it interacts with the wider world of work. For example: We know that the flexible work model is very valuable to Uber drivers (see Chen et al., Angrist et al.) and that dynamic pricing is vital in protecting the health and efficiency of the dispatch market (see Castillo et al., "Surge Pricing Solves the Wild Goose Chase"); however, it's likely that consistency (e.g., of pricing or earnings) also carries some value for riders and drivers. What values should we put on these opposing virtues?

What You'll Do / What You'll Need / Bonus Points / About the Team

What You'll Do

* Conduct rigorous, careful statistical and econometric analysis in support of our research priorities
* Develop assets (maps, visuals etc.) that explain our research for policy and communications needs
* Manage relationships with outside academics and research partners to ensure research collaborations run smoothly
* Communicate cross-functionally to understand the intersection of policy, product, legal, and operations and develop research that informs business or policy decisions
* Present your results internally and externally; in some cases, writing academic papers with great researchers from top universities

What You'll Need

* PhD student (anticipated graduation in 2020) in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, or other quantitative social science.
* 2+ years of quantitative research or data science experience
* Strong data skills and the ability to learn to use tools such as SQL, Python, R, and GIS mapping tools to work efficiently at scale
* The capacity to work independently and execute a research plan with minimal oversight
* The ability to organize and synthesize analyses and communicate data insights with clarity
* Enthusiasm for learning and growth

About the Team

The Research and Economics team, led by the Chief Economist, is responsible for addressing the thorny policy and business challenges impacting Uber globally. As a data scientist on this team, you would be expected to bring analytical and empirical rigor to bear on important questions relating to economics, transportation policy, and urban planning.

About Uber

Uber is an on-demand car service that allows everyone to have a private driver experience through iPhone, SMS, and web based requests. We are a technology startup that has created a more efficient means of transportation, making your city more useful and more pleasurable to move around in. UberCab connects clients and our network of professional town car and limo drivers in the simplest most elegant way possible, and we do it at a fraction of the cost. We are a friend to the client first, pushing the limits of the industry to create a simple more efficient car service experience for users. Second, we are a friend and revenue stream to our network of drivers, allowing them to make more money by turning their downtime into profits. Lastly, we're an ally to "the system" playing by the rules of the industry and promoting safety and improved conditions for consumers.