Data Scientist

Thumbtack is a local services marketplace that connects customers with the right professionals for anything they need done. Every day we rally around the impact Thumbtack has on people’s lives — helping people plan their perfect wedding, families improve their homes, and small businesses grow and thrive. Thumbtack today has 1,100+ types of services, millions of customer requests, and hundreds of thousands of paying professionals. Join our growing team in the quest to build THE destination for anything you need done.

About the Data Science Team

At Thumbtack, the Data Science team combines big data with innovative modeling and analysis techniques to shape the system logic that serves millions of customers and professionals. Challenging problems include:

  • Design innovative A/B testing techniques. Understanding the true impact of a test in Thumbtack’s marketplace requires well-designed separation among millions of interconnected customers and professionals, and sound methodology to interpret test results in the face of such extensive interconnection.
  • Model complex relationships in the presence of many confounding factors. Predictive modeling problems are everywhere across our product. Our team works to scope, design and implement machine learning models to support Thumbtack’s products.

About the Role

We're looking for data scientists with deep expertise in statistics, machine learning, optimization, and/or building data products. Our process gives you full ownership over the projects you tackle, so you should be a person who dreams big, then executes well.

Responsibilities

  • Design and execute experiments, collect and analyze test data to guide launch decisions
  • Architect and deploy machine learning systems to production
  • Design and implement metrics that align with company goals
  • Analyze a wide variety of data: structured and unstructured, observational and experimental, with the goal of influencing system designs and implementations
  • Advise engineering and product teams on sound statistical practices

Must-Have Qualifications

  • M.S. or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, or other relevant technical field
  • Expert knowledge of probability and statistics, including experimental design, predictive modeling, optimization, and causal inference
  • Familiarity with machine learning concepts: regression and classification, clustering, feature selection, feature engineering, curse of dimensionality, bias-variance tradeoff, neural networks, SVMs, etc.
  • A strong sense of connecting technical work to product impacts
  • Expert knowledge of a statistical computing language such as R or Python/pandas
  • Excellent written and verbal technical communication skills
  • Familiarity with a scripting language and/or shell scripting

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Preferred: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, or other relevant technical field
  • Preferred: Experience with large-scale distributed systems
  • Preferred: Experience with tools in the Hadoop ecosystem such as Hive, Pig, or Spark

More About Us

Thumbtack is the destination for getting things done—from house remodeling to event planning to music lessons and more. Each year, more than 200,000 professionals across the country service a growing 5 million Thumbtack projects in 1,100+ unique categories. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack has raised more than $275 million from Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners, Baillie Gifford, and Google Capital.

Thumbtack embraces diversity. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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