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Applied Data Scientist

Yelp, San Francisco, CA

Connecting people with great local businesses


Are you intrigued by data? Yelp has hundreds of millions of pieces of user-contributed content, millions of users and business listings, and hundreds of thousands of advertising customers – and all of these numbers are constantly growing. Making sense of this data, deducing relationships between variables, and figuring out different interactions is hard work, but these insights are hugely impactful to Yelp’s business. Applied data scientists uncover these insights through exploratory research and analysis, and carry the ideas all the way through to production-grade statistical or predictive models. They work in areas including pricing models and auction bidding strategies, learning to rank applications, personalized recommender systems, trust and safety / spam detection, and causal inference.

Yelp engineering culture is driven by our values: we’re a cooperative team that encourages individual authenticity and “unboring” solutions to problems. We enable all new team members to deploy working code their first week, and your impact will only grow from there with the support of your manager, mentor, and team. At the end of the day, we’re all about helping our users, growing as engineers and scientists, and having fun in a collaborative environment.

Sound exciting? Keep reading.

Where You Come In:

  • You will conduct end-to-end analyses, from wrangling data via SQL/Spark/Python, to statistical modeling, to hypothesizing and presenting business ideas.
  • You will work with large, complex datasets.
  • You will lead the development of predictive and causal models.
  • You will productionize and automate model pipelines within Python services.

What it Takes to Succeed:

  • You have experience with data analysis/statistical software and packages (pandas/statsmodels/sklearn within Python, R, etc.)
  • You have experience with predictive modeling/machine learning, forecasting, or causal inference.
  • You hold a degree in a quantitative discipline such as computer science, statistics, econometrics, applied math, etc.
  • You have a love for writing beautiful code; you don’t need to be an expert, but experience is a plus and we’ll expect you to learn on the job
  • You have a demonstrated capability for original research, the curiosity to uncover promising solutions to new problems, and the persistence to carry your ideas through to an end goal
  • You have the motivation to develop deep product and business knowledge and to connect abstract modeling and analysis tasks with business value
  • You're comfortable working in a Unix environment

What You'll Get:

  • Effective your first day: Full medical, vision, and dental
  • 15 days PTO (increases with tenure) and 11 paid holidays
  • Up to 14 weeks of parental leave
  • Monthly wellness subsidy
  • Access to fully stocked Yelp kitchens
  • Flexible spending account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

At Yelp, we believe that diversity is an expression of all the unique characteristics that make us human: race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, and education — and those are just a few. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives strengthen our teams and our product. The foundation of our diversity efforts are closely tied to our core values, which include “Playing Well With Others” and “Authenticity.”

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition or disability.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] or 415-969-8488.

Note: Yelp does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee. Yelp is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

About Yelp

Yelp connects people with great local businesses. Our users have contributed approximately 127 million cumulative reviews of almost every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics, plumbers and more. These reviews are written by people using Yelp to share their everyday local business experiences, giving voice to consumers and bringing “word of mouth” online.

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