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Staff Data Scientist



Data Science
Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Data, machine learning, and statistical models play a critical role in building the Waymo Driver and in evaluating its performance. Waymo data scientists work closely with engineering and ensure high-quality reasoning and validation about data and models in our production systems. We help our partner teams interpret data in the face of statistical uncertainty, data ambiguity, and systematic biases - for example, in the causal interpretation of observational data. We also develop metrics and experimental designs that capture key performance aspects of our autonomous systems. Examples of areas the data science team is deeply involved in include safety readiness evaluation, development of signals to characterize good driving, evaluation of ML models in production systems, and simulation technology (virtual driving).

As a Staff Data Scientist at Waymo, you'll play a critical role in ensuring the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles. Your responsibilities will span the entire spectrum of data analysis, model development, and evaluation.

In this role you'll:

  • Develop evaluation frameworks for both autonomous vehicle performance and the evaluation frameworks themselves ("eval of eval").
  • Develop and apply statistical methods and ML models to analyze historical/simulation data.
  • Frame and solve ambiguous problems and communicate the results effectively.
  • Develop new metrics, interpret trends, and investigate anomalies in data from simulation as well as our rider-only service. Communicate effectively and persuasively with leadership about your findings.
  • Interact cross-functionally; be a thought partner and influence collaborators across multiple teams.
  • Mentor other data scientists, either formally (as a tech lead) or less formally (as an individual contributor).

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • PhD in a quantitative field (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Physics)
  • 5+ years of industry experience solving large-scale, complex problems
  • Proven expertise using advanced statistical methods (e.g., ML models, hypothesis testing, causal analysis)
  • Ability to take ambiguous and complex problems and propose appropriate technical solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Python/SQL/R data analysis libraries and packages
  • Demonstrated leadership and self-direction. Demonstrated willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques.

It’s preferred if you have:

  • Experience solving problems related to Autonomous Driving
  • Experience in adjacent relevant areas like Advanced Machine Learning (Deep Learning and Diffusion models), Traffic Modeling, Safety Evaluation or Prediction
  • People leadership experience a plus

The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Salary Range
$226,000—$286,000 USD