We’re hiring an Associate Data Scientist in Columbus, OH

We believe a large part of building an effective insurance company can be solved with a principled quantitative framework. We are committed to the rigorous development and effective deployment of modern statistical machine learning methods to problems in the insurance industry.

A Data Scientist at Root is responsible for the end-to-end development of statistical methods and algorithms. This includes taking high-level business challenges, translating them into a concrete, quantitative framework, and shepherding solutions from R&D into production. Data Scientists typically work on cross-functional teams, regularly engaging with the members of various departments including Product, Actuarial, Marketing, and Engineering.

Associate Data Scientists will join Root’s Data Science Rotation Program. This 9 month program is designed for aspiring data scientists with a strong background in a technical field to kick-start their career in data science. You will apply quantitative techniques to real business problems while developing your theoretical and technical foundation in statistics and machine learning. We are looking for candidates with high quantitative aptitude, strong programming skills, and a passion for problem solving.


  • Learn and apply fundamental statistical and machine learning techniques to solve quantitative problems
  • Rapidly grow your data science toolkit through on-the-job training and dedicated coursework
  • Tackle quantitative insurance challenges in areas such as telematics risk scoring, pricing, reserving, and estimating customer lifetime value
  • Effectively communicate insights from complex analyses
  • At the end of the rotation program, demonstrate sufficient mastery of data science fundamentals to qualify for a promotion to Data Scientist I


  • In-depth knowledge of a technical discipline, PhD preferred
  • Mathematical maturity and basic understanding of probability theory e.g. independence, Bayes’ theorem, combinatorics, calculus
  • Strong programming skills in R or Python with some experience fitting models
  • Exceptional communicator and storyteller
  • End-to-end ownership mentality with a high level of attention to detail
  • Data analytics maturity: able to review descriptive statistics and business metrics and make recommendations

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. Very few (if any!) people will fit every description; so if you are passionate about what this role entails, and are excited by solving real problems, we encourage you to apply; we want to learn about you, and what you can add to our team!

Who we are.
Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. We were founded on the belief that the services you need for everyday life should serve you better. That’s why we base insurance coverages on you, not your demographic. It’s the way insurance should be. And it’s all conveniently in an app.

What draws people to Root.
We’re a venture-backed technology company. Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:
Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless.
Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business.
Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn.
People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us

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If you’d like to be a part of what we are building but don’t see an opening that suits you, email us at jobs@inc.joinroot.com.