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2023 Phd Applied Scientist Internship
Posted on 10/31/2022
San Francisco, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Current Ph.D. student majoring in Economics. Candidates should have at least one semester/quarter left of their education after finishing the internship
  • Knowledge of underlying mathematical foundations of economics, statistics, and analytics
  • Strong problem solving and analytical abilities
  • Experience with causal inference, exploratory data analysis, statistical analysis and model development
  • Familiarity in languages such as SQL, R, and Python
  • Delivery: UberEats is Uber's on-demand food, grocery and convenience delivery business. It currently operates in over 45 countries. Delivery is a 3-sided marketplace, consisting of Eaters, Couriers, and Merchants. Projects include optimizing our eater pricing systems, designing the best menu of delivery and service fees for members and non-members, improving matching algorithms to get the food to you at the right time (and right temperature!), building an ads delivery system, modeling and predicting eater and courier behavior, and improving the efficiency of user acquisition, promotions, courier experience, and merchant onboarding, among many others
  • Mobility: Rides Applied Science at Uber uses data to improve and automate Uber's core ridesharing products. Rides interns will tackle problems such as optimizing Uber's short and long term pricing systems; efficiently matching incoming trip requests in Uber's dispatch system; developing innovative incentive schemes that reward riders and drivers for choosing our network; developing algorithms and experimentation to make our rider and driver experience stand out. We also forecast, monitor, and evaluate all aspects of our marketplace and user behavior using both large scale observational data and meticulous experimentation
  • Work with a mentor closely to define a business problem, scope a project, develop, and prototype the solution using data-driven approaches
  • Work with engineers and product managers to turn prototypes into scalable solutions
  • Present findings to leaders to inform decisions
  • Establish standard methodologies for science such as modeling, coding, analytics, optimization, and experimentation
  • Conduct experiments to drive business decisions
Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and business partners
  • Research mentality with a bias towards action to structure a project from idea to experimentation to prototype to implementation
  • Experience with experimental design and analysis (e.g., A/B and market-level experiments), machine learning, and optimization
  • Independence, excellent communication, and outstanding follow-through - you energetically tackle your work and love the responsibility of being individually empowered
Ride-sharing app
Company Overview
Uber's mission is to reimagine the way the world moves for the better. The company operates a ride-sharing platform that provides more than 15 million rides each day.