Research Scientist, Safety & Insurance

At Lyft, community is what we are and it’s what we do. It’s what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization where all team members are recognized for what they bring.

As a Research Scientist on our Insurance and Safety team, you will collaborate with our world class team of data scientists and engineers to make Lyft as safe as possible for our drivers and passengers. You will build cutting-edge models to identify and prevent risky situations. The team’s work ranges across low-level algorithms to interpret sensor data, sophisticated risk models, and even design of coaching and incentive programs. The ideal candidate is a critical thinker and is passionate about solving problems with data to make a real-world impact.


  • Work with Engineers, Product Managers, and Business Partners to frame problems, both mathematically and within the business context

  • Perform exploratory data analysis to gain a deeper understanding of the problem

  • Construct and fit statistical, machine learning, or optimization models

  • Write production modeling code; collaborate with Software Engineers to implement algorithms in production

  • Design and run both simulated and live traffic experiments

  • Analyze experimental and observational data; communicate findings; facilitate launch decisions

Experience & Skills:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or other quantitative fields

  • 4+ years professional experience. Experience working with phone sensor data or risk modeling is a plus.

  • Passion for solving unstructured and non-standard mathematical problems

  • End-to-end experience with data, including querying, aggregation, analysis, and visualization

  • Proficiency with Python, or another interpreted programming language like R or Matlab

  • Willingness to collaborate and communicate with others to solve a problem

Lyft is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Lyft does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Lyft also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other similar state laws and local ordinances, and its internal policy, Lyft will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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