Data Scientist Chariot


San Francisco

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About Us
Chariot is building the world’s first sustainable transit service from scratch. Two years after launching our first route in San Francisco, Chariot now gets thousands of Californians and Texans to work every day on 40+ different routes. Nearly 100% of those riders use our iOS or Android app to ride Chariot. Ford Smart Mobility is investing heavily in us and wants us to play a big part in the future of Ford.

Sound exciting? Join our fast-expanding team to solve the real-life transportation problems we all can relate to!

This position is for you if you

• Have got a formal scientific background in operations research, schedule optimization, statistical analysis, machine learning or related fields;
• Have been a part of a commercial software company, where you’ve deployed your skills to design algorithms incorporated into products or/and product operational/support infrastructure.

In this position you will

• Analyze Chariot’s service usage patterns to determine which data needs to be collected and how;
• Design, prototype, validate, and provide all necessary documentation for development of transportation route definition and optimization algorithms for the Chariot’s line of products;
• Research supply and demand dynamics to validate, adjust, improve, and provide predictive capability for capacity planning and pricing for Chariot services;
• Model riders’ and drivers’ behavior as well as external factors (traffic, etc.) to build models to simulate service operation and assess the impact of contemplated algorithmic and functional changes to the service;
• Be self-guided in suggesting data-driven improvements to the service to maximize revenue and operational margins;
• Be the primary interface to Ford’s data analytics team and jointly work on the projects with them;
• Become the owner of and a go-to person for all product-related algorithmic and machine learning aspects;
• Over time, provide technical leadership and mentoring to a team of data researchers and engineers as we continue to grow the company.

As a perfect candidate you will

• Be inspired, self-driven, hungry, and ambitious; take pride in what you do;
• Love to design, prototype and validate algorithms;
• Be self-sufficient in your ability to provide implementation/code for all your research and prototyping needs;
• Be able to think out of the box, go beyond the construct of the traditional design approaches, drive technical innovation to enable new opportunities for business;
• Be confident with making intelligent trade-offs, manage algorithm efficiency degradation due to tradeoffs;
• Be able to build excellent close working relationships with rest of the product team.

Desired skills and experience

• Formal education in the field of operations research, data science, or machine learning. MS is required, PhD is preferred.
• At least 5 years of commercial software product design experience. Being a part of a startup operation is a plus.
• Strong working background with statistical computing tools such as R.
• Ability to provide clear, unambiguous design documentation, consumable by development and QA teams.
• Solid working experience with an algorithm prototyping language of your choice.
• Experience working with relational and non-relational databases; strong proficiency with SQL.

Chariot's mission is to become the world's first sustainable mass transit service by crowdsourcing a network of commuter shuttle routes that provides a fast, reliable and affordable service using new Ford Transit 15-passenger vans. When a critical mass of future riders 'vote' for a particular route, Chariot launches its service, typically between popular residential and work areas — as well as transit hubs like commuter rail stations, ferry terminals and bus depots — providing commutes in half the time as public transit and a fraction the cost of ridesharing.

Founded in 2014 in SF, Chariot has expanded to Austin, TX and has over 40 routes, providing tens of thousands of rides per week. The company participated in Y Combinator's Winter 2015 batch and was acquired by Ford Smart Mobility in September 2016. As a cornerstone of Ford's urban mobility strategy, Chariot has the mandate and resources to scale its concept worldwide, and will expand to at least another 8 markets worldwide in the next 18 months.


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