Data Scientist

Remote /
Engineering /
About Understory
Climate change is creating a crisis for the insurance industry and those who rely on it for financial security. 

Every year, severe weather causes billions of dollars of damage. Yet traditional insurers lack the tools to accurately assess and price severe weather risk. Without knowing what to expect, insurers expect the worst, leading to unaffordable premiums. For industries such as retail automotive and agriculture, traditional insurance is becoming unattainable. These business owners are at risk of financial devastation whenever a storm strikes. 

Understory is the first company to solve the insurance coverage crisis with data-driven insurance for severe weather, starting with hail. Our growing network of ground-based Dot weather sensors, combined with our Atmospheric Intelligence AI, allow us to assess and price any weather risk in the world. 

When severe weather strikes, Understory detects it and triggers a fast, predetermined payout. There are no burdensome financial deductibles, and no lengthy claims process. Ultimately, Understory allows capital to quickly flow where it’s needed most after a disaster, protecting everything from automobiles to the world’s food supply.

About the Role:
An Understory Data Scientist assists in the analysis of weather station and air quality sensor data to improve our understanding of weather and air quality. They work closely with engineers and software developers to advance pattern detection algorithms, data analysis, prototyping systems, and large-scale applications that help produce interesting and meaningful weather products for our customers.

Core Responsibilities Will Include:
Use geospatial analytics on lots of new and unique data to answer questions from clients and the business
Analyze client and business needs and provide data-based recommendations
Leverage brand new data to advance our understanding of severe weather and its impacts on people and property
Build production-ready models using data from Understory’s networks
Incorporate new findings with current weather models to improve them
Work with our software team to explore the usefulness and usability of high-density data 

About You:
Master’s in mathematics, computer science, finance, economics, or science-related field, or equivalent professional experience
1+ years of experience in commercial data analysis or machine learning
Experience in algorithm development with Python, Matlab, R regression analysis, cohort analysis, clustering, predictive models, and machine learning
Experience with information retrieval and geospatial analysis fundamentals
Familiarity with state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms
Comfortable working with UNIX-based systems
Independent with the ability to work well as part of a team
Comfortable in a fast-paced and dynamic professional environment
Compensation Includes
Competitive salary
Company equity
Health benefits 100% covered for your entire family
Dental and vision benefits 100% covered for your entire family
Unlimited vacation policy
Frequent company and team-building events
Lots of company swag