Sr. Data Scientist

Sr. Data Scientist

As the world's largest marketplace for remote work, we have 10+ years of data on how people get work done online, and we're using it meaningful ways. At Upwork, over 1M hours of work is matched on our platform each week, and in turn we distribute over 100M of earnings each month. Across the year, our clients and freelancers get over 1B dollars in work done.

Despite our success, we believe we can do better, which is why we've assembled a diverse team of graduates from Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley in fields ranging from computer science and electrical engineering to economics and statistics.

Your job as a Sr. Data Scientist will be to help us create the algorithms that match people who need to get work done with the exact person who can do the job. This isn't an easy problem to solve considering the multitude of complex factors involved, including but not limited to: freelancer availability, cost, skill, and even prior job success.

We believe that this problem is one of the most challenging data problems that currently exist. Unlike traditional matching problems where there is one right answer for every query, the right answer for "php developer" depends on who's available to work and who's making the request. If you're passionate about solving hard problems at big data scale, knowing that your contribution to Upwork is enabling massive economic value and creating social value globally, then please read on.

The ideal candidate for this role will have over five years of experience from a major consumer Internet brand well-studied in search, recommendation, and structured data. You don't have to have a degree from one of the world's top schools, but you've already done a few big things in your career and can hang with some of the brightest data scientists in the world. One of your hallmarks is your ability to reconcile business needs with what the data is suggesting to come up with new ideas and approaches. In the process, you derive much of your joy at work knowing that your inventions and your job matters.

If you and the team you're on are successful, you will change the company and the world.

In this role, you will:

  • Build machine learning models that will become core components driving our marketplace
  • Dive deep into the data and share your insights across the business
  • Collaborate with product and engineering on key initiatives
  • Work with freelancer engineers, analysts and data scientists from around the world

To win in this role, you need:

  • Deep knowledge of machine learning, information retrieval, data mining, statistics, NLP or related field
  • Solid programming skills that enable you to retrieve, analyze and process data, and build machine learning models from the ground up (e.g. SQL, Python, R, Java).
  • Superior ability to analyze and interpret the results of product experiments
  • Employment history at both start-ups as well as at least one job at a recognizable consumer Internet company
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

Come change how the world works.

At Upwork you'll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Mountain View and Chicago, together we're creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You'll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you'll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesdays, daily breakfasts and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits and more. Check out Upwork's spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.

Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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