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Foursquare // location enterprise platform
Engineering, Full Time    New York    Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2020
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About Foursquare:

Foursquare is the leading independent location technology platform, powering business solutions & consumer products through a deep understanding of location. Over 1,000 clientsincluding more than 50% of the Fortune 100choose Foursquare.

Foursquares toolkit includes Placed powered by Foursquare, Audiences powered by Factual & Proximity powered by Factual, Analytics Solutions, Places, Pilgrim SDK & Pinpoint. Together, these products empower brands to measure foot traffic lift via multi-touch attribution; deliver proximity-based advertising; analyze & identify trends; drive deeper engagement via Foursquares industry-leading developer tools, which have been selected by 200,000 developers including AccuWeather, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Snapchat, Twitter & Uber; & optimize advertising campaigns across hundreds of audiences. Over 14 billion consumer-verified place visit confirmations help us keep our map & models fresh & up-to-date.

Foursquare has more than 400 employees based in New York headquarters with offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Singapore & London. In 2019 Foursquare acquired Placed from Snap Inc, & then in 2020 merged with Factual. Foursquare is proud to be funded by The Raine Group, Simon Ventures, Naver, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ Growth, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners & more.

About our Senior Data Scientist Role:

As a member of Foursquares data science team, youll be responsible for owning important methodological components of our leading foot traffic measurement platform. The methodologies we employ are varied which creates a rich environment for the application of data science technology. This is not just a machine learning job. We look for data scientists who are excited by the challenge of solving problems using a wide array of modeling & quantitative techniques.

To be successful, youll have to have a deep technical understanding of data science concepts across the disciplines of research methods, causal modeling, applied statistics & machine learning. Youll also have the ability to build large-scale prototypes of your novel methodologies from the ground up.

The ideal Senior Data Scientist will also want to grow the impact that they have across the organization by taking on increasing responsibilities.

Responsibilities of the role[recommend 4-6 bullets]:

  • Build supervised & unsupervised learning systems to extract visitation behavior from sensor data.
  • Drive feature engineering & experimentation to improve performance of our various algorithms
  • Collaborate with engineering teams on implementing & deploying large scale data processing pipelines
  • Build internal tools for monitoring & investigation purposes
  • Lead cross-team cooperation & mentor junior scientists


  • 5+ years of work or educational experience in data science, machine learning, & statistics.
  • PhD degree or comparable research experience in a quantitative field
  • Proven track record of delivering on products and/or practical research endeavors
  • Experience with the Python science stack and/or Scala required
  • Experience with Hadoop, Spark, or similar frameworks is a plus

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives & backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users & team members. We value listening to every voice & we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company & products we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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