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Change minds with data.

Data Scientist

$100k – $175k • 0.0% – 0.33%
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Swayable is a data science platform that doubles the impact of advertising by empirically measuring how it changes people's opinions. Our customers include high-profile political campaigns, advocacy organizations, and brands. We launched in 2018 out of Y Combinator, gained immediate traction, and had a significant impact on the 2018 mid-term US elections. We're now preparing for even faster growth through the 2020 election cycle and beyond. This position is the perfect opportunity to join a fast-moving, high-impact, mission-oriented startup as we grow beyond the seed stage.

We offer a benefits package that is well above-market for startups at our early stage. Swayable covers 100% of the health, dental, and vision insurance premiums for full-time employees. We offer generous PTO and parental leave.


Swayable is looking for a Data Scientist to work with our small but growing team to advance our experimental methodology and core products.

A Data Scientist at Swayable conducts experiments to continuously improve our methodologies and builds cutting-edge data science products using Python. They will also communicate directly with customers to answer methodological questions and share prototypes of analyses that yield new insights. In a typical week, they will collaborate with the engineering team to develop new data science features and deploy them to our cloud-based platform. They review code and contribute to internal tools that optimize our processes. They work with all members of the organization to solve problems and innovate.

As a small but growing organization, every employee has a significant degree of independence and responsibility. The Data Scientist will work within our Scrum-lite work cycles but must be flexible and self-directed enough to get work done on their own.

This position reports to the CTO, Valerie Coffman, and will join our teams in San Francisco or New York City.


• You have a BA or BS in a technical field such as Computer Science or Applied Math.
• You have 1+ years of professional experience with building data science products using Python.
• You have a deep understanding of statistical and machine learning concepts and experience applying them.
• You can write "vectorized code" using numpy, scipy, and pandas.
• You value code quality and write maintainable, testable code.
• You believe in the scientific method and prefer to use data to drive decisions.
• You are a strong communicator, especially in text. You can write documentation and answer technical questions for a variety of audiences.


• You have an MS or Ph.D. in a technical field.
• You have experience with PyTorch or TensorFlow.
• You have experience with Celery.
• You are adept at visualizing data using packages such as Matplotlib, Seaborn, Plotly, or Altair.
• You are knowledgable about Bayesian Inferencing, Natural Language Processing, or Signal Processing.
• You understand the concepts of software architecture and can design scalable, performant solutions.
• You can give and receive informed, actionable feedback on both technical and non-technical skills.

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Valerie Coffman

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CTO and Co-Founder @Swayable - we measure how content changes minds, Former CTO @Xometry, Founded @Feastie. PhD / MS from @Cornell University, BS from @JHU

James Slezak

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Co-Founder/CEO @Swayable (we're hiring!). Previously: @The New York Times, McKinsey, @Purpose. Physics PhD

Joshua Gunn Dean

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Software @Swayable Previously @Procore Technologies Budget + Forecasting, and @HP Instant Ink

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