Data Scientist - Policy

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique travel experiences around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and over 191 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity, and creativity through our product, brand, and, most importantly, our people.

Airbnb has become a global platform that connects travelers and hosts from over 65,000 cities. As such, it has collected a diverse set of data, which our Data Science team mines for insights that will propel our community and product forward. However, information is only as valuable as it is understood by decision-makers.

We are looking for an experienced Data Scientist to join our Policy Data Science team and serve as the data science partner for our Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Public Policy and Communications team.

The ideal candidate has an interest in public policy and regulatory issues, an eye for detail, strong communication skills, and a keenness for problem solving. Examples of projects you would work on include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding the business and city impacts of various regulatory proposals in order to inform internal and external decisions
  • Developing econometric methodology to understand the business and city impacts of various regulatory proposals in order to inform internal and external decisions
  • Work on high-impact topics including housing and rental prices, taxation, economic impact and spillover, relationship to the hotel industry.
  • Collaborating with external consultants and academics on research

The London-based policy data scientist will partner with EMEA policy and communications leadership as well as with the rest of the London, Singapore, and San Francisco-based Policy Data Science team to translate complex findings and results into a compelling narrative that directly informs business decisions and external communications. In this role, you will have tremendous upwards exposure as the Data Science team’s representative to senior business partners. If you’re passionate about leveraging data to drive business decisions, and shape informed city policy, we want to hear from you.


  • Must have:
    • 3+ years of experience with analytical tools such as R, Python, Stata, or Matlab
    • Proven ability to succeed in both collaborative and independent work environments
    • Experience designing and delivering presentations for senior leaders
    • 4+ years of applicable industry experience, professional experience in data analysis and visualization
  • Also valuable:
    • Familiarity with policy and communications domains
    • Familiarity with SQL or other querying language
    • Ability to work with dashboarding software such as Tableau or Google Analytics
    • Leadership or managerial experience
    • More than 1 EMEA language capability
Airbnb is committed to working with the best and brightest people from the broadest talent pool possible. We believe a diversity of ideas fosters innovation and engagement, and allows us to attract the best people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. Qualified individuals from all walks of life are encouraged to apply.

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