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Associate Data Scientist

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. If you are passionate about what this role entails and 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

We’re harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize insurance. Using machine learning and mobile telematic platforms, we’ve built one of the most innovative FinTech companies in the world. And we’re just getting started.

What draws people to Root

Our success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our products are only as good as the people building and promoting them. We want individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and an 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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