Principal Data Scientist I


Boston, MA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 03/04/2021
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  • Company Address: 186 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA

About TrueMotion

TrueMotion offers auto insurers a mobile telematics platform that enables next-generation digital programs. Powered by mobile technology, machine learning, and data science, its patented smartphone data platform can accurately determine when a person is driving and reveal her behaviors behind the wheel, including distracted driving. This unique data powers usage-based insurance, distracted driving programs, claims services, and fleet management programs.

Job Description

At TrueMotion, we’re making driving safer and insurance smarter. We offer auto insurers a mobile telematics platform that enables next-generation digital programs. Powered by machine learning, our platform can tell when a person is driving, reveals their behaviors behind the wheel, and detects crashes. We’re a team of engineers, entrepreneurs, sales and customer success experts, data scientists, and more. We take on complex problems, build innovative solutions and have fun while doing it!

As a Principal Data Scientist at TrueMotion, you will develop models that represent physical phenomena associated with both car and human movements when measured by cell phone sensors. You will solve challenging real-world problems and assist in the development of innovative solutions driven by exploratory data analysis from complex and high-dimensional datasets. Using knowledge of statistics, machine learning / deep learning, signal processing, physics, programing and data modeling, the Principal Data Scientist consults on Data Science projects, and works independently on developing new solutions to achieve TrueMotion’s objectives, and making valuable discoveries which lead to company-wide prototype development and product improvements.


  • Develop new and unique models which pattern driving behaviors and vehicle kinematics and act as a consultant on existing products and key features, finding new and undiscovered patterns in data collected via smartphone sensors.
  • Devise creative, unestablished methods and procedures to develop solutions that may have a company-wide impact and develop new features or products for customers
  • Requiring minimum management oversight, leads projects and solutions through the full  development stages, from data pre-processing, modeling, testing, through roll-out
  • Ability to clearly communicate and present the data science work to stakeholders across the org and to collaborate across different teams. 
  • Incorporate research and new ideas after validating potential and impact to platform, products and customers  


  • Master’s or Ph.D. in Data Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics
  • 8+ years of experience in the Data Science field and 3+ years of experience for developing industrial machine learning products.
  • Deep understanding of data science principles, algorithms and practices, such as deep learning / machine learning, statistics and probability. Knowledge of signal processing (signal modeling, projections, decompositions, and transformations), sensor physics is a plus
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of software development process, and proven coding skills using scripting languages e.g. Python, Pandas, NumPy, scikit-learn, SQL
  • Ability to build solutions from scratch including writing and navigating code and requesting data from data sources
  • Advanced knowledge of Big Data infrastructure and software networking software, e.g. Hadoop, Spark
  • Solid Experience with deep learning frameworks required e.g. TensorFlow, Keras, Torch, Caffe, for data networking, visualization and performance, and demonstrated ability to summarize mathematical representations into simple data visualizations
  • Strong customer-focus and presentation skills with the ability to obtain requirements and influence outcomes


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Stock options
  • Comprehensive benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k)
  • Flexible Paid Time Off

Additional Perks: 

  • Feel great working to solve a serious problem (saving lives on the roads)
  • Touch your toes thanks to our daily post stand-up meeting team stretch
  • Burn some calories during our optional bi-weekly virtual workouts
  • Get to really know your coworkers over virtual drinks and snacks every Thursday afternoon
  • Have fun at our frequent team outings, where we go to Red Sox games, volunteer to clean-up the Esplanade, etc. 

TrueMotion is backed by General Catalyst, Bain Capital Ventures and Lakestar.  We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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