Research Scientist Intern, Economics, Algorithms and Optimization (PhD)

Research Scientist Intern, Economics, Algorithms and Optimization (PhD)
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Core Data Science (CDS) is a research and development team, working to improve Meta’s products, infrastructure, and processes. We generate real-world impact through a combination of scientific rigor and methodological innovation. Our focus is on longer-term, foundational work that addresses new opportunities and challenges across the Meta products. The work we do enhances the Meta family of apps that enable billions of people to communicate with each other daily. Core Data Science is interdisciplinary, with expertise in computer science, statistics, machine learning, economics, political science, operations research, and sociology, among many other fields. This diversity of perspectives enriches our research and expands the scope and scale of projects we can address. We deliver value through collaborative projects with other groups at Meta and with the academic community. In addition, we build and open-source technical products aligned with our areas of expertise. We are looking for research interns to join the Core Data Science team. Core Data Science is an interdisciplinary team of quantitative scientists that aims to deliver research and innovation that fundamentally increases the magnitude of Meta’s success. The ideal candidate will have extensive graduate training in economics, computer science, optimization, or related disciplines, and an interest in answering challenging, open-ended research questions with real-world impact. Expertise in one or more of the following fields is preferred but not required: causal inference and the statistical analysis of randomized experiments; algorithmic game theory; empirical industrial organization; operations research; and theoretical econometrics or statistics. Our internships are twelve (12) - twenty four (24) weeks long and have various start dates throughout the year.
Research Scientist Intern, Economics, Algorithms and Optimization (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Answer important product and business questions, by applying appropriate scientific methodologies, and developing new methodologies when necessary.
  • Identify new areas across the family of Meta apps and products where economic, statistical or algorithmic insights can drive product improvements.
  • Synthesize and apply insights from the relevant academic literatures to Meta’s products.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively with other scientists, engineers, designers, UX researchers, and product managers to accomplish complex tasks that create value for Meta’s community of over 2 billion users.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD in Economics, Computer Science, Operations Research or related field
  • Expertise in empirical research, including manipulating and analyzing complex data and communicating quantitative analyses.
  • Knowledge of a data analysis language such as R, and/or experience with data analysis in general-purpose programming languages such as Python
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
Preferred Qualifications
  • Proven track record of research excellence, as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, and publications in top journals, conference proceedings and workshops in the candidate’s area of specialization.
  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op
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$7,500/month to $11,333/month + benefits

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