Swayable predicts consumer opinion and the impact of content

Data Science Lead: Public Opinion and Polling at Swayable

$125k - $205k / 0.10% - 0.30%
New York / Remote
Job Type
3+ years
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Valerie Coffman
Valerie Coffman

About the role


Swayable is a fast-growing, cloud analytics product that measures public opinion and the impact of messages and advertising content on it. It is a 20-person team backed by top technology and social impact investors, including Y Combinator. Founded in 2018 by two physics PhDs, it is led by the former Executive Director for Digital Strategy at the New York Times. Clients include major consumer-facing brands (Amazon, Airbnb, Square, Paramount Pictures), researchers (MIT, Yale, Stanford) and mission-aligned advocacy campaigns (including multiple Democratic Presidential candidates, and the ACLU).


This is a uniquely cool opportunity for somebody to apply their experience in original scientific discovery to several critical unsolved problems in public opinion research, and to do that with the infrastructure and talent around them to turn those results into new offerings and features for some of the world's most important organizations.

The Data Science Lead for Public Opinion and Polling will have a clear north star goal: continual improvement of the accuracy of our modeling of public opinion, as proven through the prediction of real-world outcomes such as election results, vaccination rates, voter registration, and sales. They will work with the CEO and CTO to log and identify areas where improvement in modeling accuracy appears most possible, then develop and lead rapidly iterated lean experiments to develop and test ideas to make that improvement.

In practice, that means developing a clear understanding of the logic, math and statistics behind the platform's calculations, from first principles (i.e. going beyond any "black box" approaches), and using python notebook prototypes to solve problems, with those prototypes graduating into production code in the platform as the underlying ideas are proven out.


  • Demonstrated passion and interest in public opinion polling as it applies to public-interest advocacy, and openness to commercial applications consistent with a well-defined set of values
  • Familiar with key debates and advances in relevant fields of statistics, political science and Baysian causal modeling
  • Python development experience necessary. Ideally in a collaborative production environment, but at least with an interest in learning how collaborative production code development and deployment works and doing it
  • Published original quantitative science research strongly desired -- e.g. natural science or economics PhD work where methodological innovation was part of the discovery process, and where findings were exposed to peer-review
  • Organized and able to take ownership of a problem to solve (vs tasks to complete), present very clearly at an appropriate level for the collaborators/audience you're working with, including relevant context
  • Known for communicating complex ideas simply, focusing laser-like on “so whats”, and adding clarity and clear prioritization to steer team problem-solving
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and creating and communicating especially in presentation form
  • Interested in the product discovery and building


• Full-time, salaried position with bonuses - OR contract-to-hire with specific project goals if preferred • Attractive, fast-growing stock options consistent with being an early team member • 100% healthcare coverage with no employee contribution required • Generous leave and PTO policies • Main working hub in NYC, with other locations in San Francisco, DC, Los Angeles and Portland OR, and flexible "work from anywhere" location policy • Salary commensurate with experience and the stage of our firm, with major upside for outsized success

If this sounds like you, please apply here or drop us a line here with your CV and a brief note explaining why you’re interested and think you’d be a good fit. Candidates from minority and under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Why you should join Swayable

Swayable measures how effectively media content changes minds. Our clients are dramatically increasing the impact of the stories they tell on the world's most important issues.

We are passionate about the power of data to have a positive social impact on advocacy and commerce and are serious about using it responsibly and ethically. We work with organizations and people we care about and our job is to help make them successful.

Swayable is a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from anyone who shares our values and especially encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.