JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022


Economist / Applied Scientist

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111467733
Date Posted: 10/07/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Economist / Applied Scientist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Locations: San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES
Seattle, Washington, UNITED STATES
New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Sunnyvale, California, UNITED STATES
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Osasco, São Paulo, BRAZIL
Amsterdam, North Holland, NETHERLANDS
Bengalore, Karnataka, INDIA
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA
JEL Classifications:
00 -- 00 - Default: Any Field
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
C5 -- Econometric Modeling
C6 -- Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
C9 -- Design of Experiments
D -- Microeconomics
D4 -- Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
L -- Industrial Organization
L9 -- Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities
R4 -- Transportation Economics
Industrial Organization
Applied Microeconomics
Data Science
Machine Learning
Market Design
Labor Economics
Urban Economics
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Uber is looking for economists with a passion for tackling hard problems with real-world impact. We are economists, statisticians, operations researchers, and computer scientists who combine theoretical insight with rigorous data analysis to expand the value created across Uber’s real-time marketplaces. Economists at Uber work on teams across the company in a variety of roles; we will match hires to roles best suiting their interests and expertise.

Economists at Uber solve key business problems. Responsibilities are varied but include designing pricing and incentives structures, modeling and estimating long-term consumer behavior, developing novel approaches for marketplace experimentation, and creating ML-driven optimization of marketplace levers. Markets are at the heart of our business model, and economists are central to our strategic decisions and algorithmic solutions.

We hire economists to be economists, not generic data scientists. Uber is the ideal first job for a new PhD economist looking to work in industry–you’ll learn how to be effective in a dynamic and successful company that's already convinced of the value and potential of economic thinking, alongside experienced economists in technical and organizational leadership positions.

(We're also interested in professors looking to move into industry/tech jobs.)

What You'll Do
-Solve ambiguous, challenging business problems using data-driven approaches
-Work closely with multi-functional leads to develop a technical vision and drive team direction
-Develop new methodologies for data science including modeling, coding, analytics, optimization, and experimentation
-Present findings to business leaders to inform decisions
-Design product experiments and interpret the results to draw detailed and impactful conclusions

Basic Qualifications
-Ph.D. in Economics or related field
-Proficiency with analytical tools like R/Python/Matlab/Stata/EViews
-Foundational programming skills in R/Python/C/C++/Java and the desire to learn

Preferred Qualifications
-Ability to think creatively and insightfully about business-relevant economic problems
-Familiarity with relational databases and SQL a plus
-Software engineering skills in C/C++/Java/Python/etc.
-Experience in experimental design and analysis (e.g., A/B and market-level experiments), as well as in causal inference with observational data
-Experience in algorithm development and prototyping

We are actively hiring and are always interested in hearing from exceptional candidates. As well as hiring on the usual timeline, we'll gladly consider candidates for start dates as early as November 2021.

Uber is an Equal-Opportunity Employer.

Application Requirements:
  • Cover Letter
  • Job Market Paper
  • Question and Answer
  • Letters of Reference
  • CV
Application deadline: 12/03/2021
Application Instructions:
Candidates should submit their application both through JOE and through the link (