We’re hiring a Data Science Intern in Columbus, OH

About the Company

Root Insurance is the world's first mobile-only, usage-based-insurance-only car insurance company! Located in Columbus, Ohio, Root was founded in 2015 with the goal of solving the following problem: good drivers pay FAR too much for car insurance. If the sensors in your smartphone prove to us that you are a safe driver, then we will give you an unbeatable price, which we can afford to do since we don't sell insurance to dangerous drivers. Other guiding principles at Root are the improvement of UX via extensive testing, and the achievement of efficiency through modern technology and paradigms. Root currently has around 250 employees, but we are growing very rapidly! Root is an exciting, happy, inclusive place to work, where you are free to be yourself. Root has raised almost $200 million in venture capital funding to date, and we recently closed our Series D, raising $100 million in capital at a $1 billion valuation in August 2018.

Role: Data Science Intern

Root is seeking a data science intern to help our team with some of our most challenging problems. These might include such projects as:

--detecting events such as hard braking and distracted driving
--inferring mode of transit and driver/passenger status
--researching, developing, and productionizing new data sources (geospatial, cell phone sensors, web scraping, etc.)

--estimating the cost of a claim, given adjuster notes, photographs, vehicle information, etc.
--detecting and preventing fraud in our claims process

--determining how to most efficiently leverage platforms, ads, etc.
--where and when to optimally place ads, and what ads to use
--which customers to target (e.g. good drivers, people likely to buy, etc.)

The ideal candidate will have experience working with data from time-series sensors (especially accelerometer/gyroscope), images, and other sources, as well as data acquisition, processing, and applying of machine learning models. High priority is also given to the ability to learn new methods and pull data from new sources to quickly evaluate its efficacy.
This role would be a summer-long position with the potential opportunity for extension or full-time employment with Root subject to performance in the internship period.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong programming skills, especially Python and R
  • Undergraduate degree completed (or near completion for highly qualified candidates) in mathematics/statistics, physical sciences, engineering, or other technical discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in building, validating, and leveraging machine learning models
  • Strong background in mathematics (e.g. linear algebra, statistics, calculus), physics, and computer science

Preferred Qualifications

  • In progress in Master's or Ph.D. program in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, or other technical discipline
  • Advanced background in signal processing, including sensor data, time series methods, filtering, etc.
  • Experience with sensor fusion, in particular using mobile sensor data and corresponding APIs (e.g. iOS core motion/location)
  • Experience with at least some of the following: geospatial data tools, web scraping, merging with large external data sources
  • Experience using big data tools (e.g. Hadoop, Spark) and cloud computing (AWS preferred)
  • Experience with version control (git/GitHub preferred)

Get in touch

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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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].