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Summary

Our team’s mission is to “Understand and Improve our Impact on Society”. Facebook is committed to tackling big societal questions, like social cohesion, polarization, institutional trust, and equal opportunity. We are the social scientists dedicated to addressing these research questions via computational social science.

Required Skills

  • Work with large amounts of data in service of concrete conclusions and actionable insights
  • Communicate complicated technical topics and nuanced insights to diverse audiences
  • Learn new tools and languages quickly as required by the particular project you are working on, with tasks ranging from data processing to production engineering to modeling and machine learning
  • Work both independently and collaboratively with other scientists, engineers, designers, UX researchers, and product managers to accomplish complex tasks that deliver demonstrable value to Facebook’s community of over 1.7 billion users
  • Think creatively, proactively, and futuristically to identify new opportunities within Facebook’s long-term roadmap for data-scientific contributions

Minimum Qualification

  • Experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches
  • Comfort manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying source
  • A strong passion for empirical research and for answering hard questions with data
  • A flexible analytic approach that allows for results at varying levels of precision
  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner
  • Fluency with at least one scripting language such as Python or PHP
  • Familiarity with relational databases and SQL
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
  • Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship/co-op
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a PhD, in Statistics, Economics, Political Science, or related field
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