We’re hiring a Senior Data Scientist, R&D in Columbus, OH/Chicago, IL

Research and Development at Root is responsible for taking big shots at developing step function changes at the company. With data science at the core of everything we do at Root, we need a strong data scientist to build out our forward-thinking projects.

As the first data scientist for R&D, we’ll rely heavily on your individual contributor abilities to bootstrap projects we need support on from day one. Your work can range from reporting that will be used to advise strategic planning, to predictive modeling for products in production, to the development of new algorithms that improve the customer experience or our ability to personalize how we build a better relationship with our customers. All of this is done to make our various teams and processes more efficient and to price our products more accurately.


  • Strong individual contributor, applying principled methods to ambiguous quantitative challenges
  • Building data processing pipelines to quickly iterate on research ideas and put them into production.
  • Learning the required tools to get the job done, e.g. Python, R, Spark, SQL, etc.
  • Effectively communicating insights from complex analyses.
  • Taking end-to-end ownership of problem domains and continuously improving upon quantitative solutions.


  • Advanced degree in a quantitive field; PhD preferred
  • 5+ years industry experience applying advanced quantitative techniques
  • Expert, demonstrable knowledge in statistics
  • Strong programming skills with experience using modern packages in R and Python.
  • Demonstrated experience building, validating, and applying statistical machine learning methods.
  • Exceptional communicator and storyteller

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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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Why join Root? Because we believe the best way to move the world forward is the relentless pursuit of ideas. We build things that ought to exist, but would not exist, if we were not building them. We do this through immense dedication to our craft, an unwavering focus on our fellow human beings, and a maniacal obsession with the quality of our creations. Problems stick in our craw, and we don’t let them go until we solve them. We believe in the scientific process and know that experimentation is the best way to find truth. We don’t hold ideas down no matter how crazy they may seem. We foster them, nurture them, and unceasingly test them. If you are the kind of person that loves tackling big problems with a collaborative group of people until you find solutions, you belong here.

We believe our customers deserve insurance that is:
Fair. We lean on data, not demographic labels.
Affordable. We base rates on good driver performance.
Personal. We give our customers the power to affect their rates.
Easy. We create an intuitive experience.
Accessible. We make information clear.
Beyond. We are never, ever satisfied with the status quo.

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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 [email protected].