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Data Scientist, Telematics

Remote (or Columbus, OH)

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

One of our core data science challenges is understanding driving behavior from smartphone sensor data. Dealing with the flood of sensor data requires us to build large-scale systems that ride the big data wave rather than being submerged by it. There is no shortage of computational and statistical challenges to tackle.

We're looking for a Data Scientist to help turn our driving data into new guidance for our pricing and underwriting. As part of our "Telematics Scores" team, you'll uncover new telematics features that may indicate future risk. By identifying and owning research projects, you'll build new models and insights to more accurately score our drivers. Furthermore, you'll have an opportunity to innovate using telematics data outside of pricing and underwriting use cases.


  • Improve our telematics pricing and underwriting algorithms through principled data science methods.
  • Develop new ways to extract risk information from granular telematics signals.
  • Pinpoint abnormal user behaviors.
  • Deploy and measure the performance of your models in a production environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in a quantitative discipline and/or 3+ years of applying advanced quantitative techniques in industry.
  • Strong demonstrable knowledge of topics such as statistical inference, numerical linear algebra, machine learning, and numerical optimization.
  • Strong programming skills with experience using modern packages in Python. SQL a plus
  • Exceptional communicator and storyteller.
  • Demonstrated experience building, validating, and applying statistical machine learning and signal processing methods to real world problems.

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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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