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Senior Data Scientist


Location: San Jose, California

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

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Who We Are

Samsara is the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, which allows businesses that depend on physical operations to harness IoT (Internet of Things) data to develop actionable business insights and improve their operations. Samsara operates in North America and Europe and serves more than 20,000 customers across a wide range of industries including transportation, wholesale and retail trade, construction, field services, logistics, utilities and energy, government, healthcare and education, manufacturing and food and beverage.

Our team has raised $930M from Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tiger Global, Dragoneer, AllianceBernstein Holding LP, Franklin Templeton, General Atlantic, Sands Capital Management and Warburg Pincus LLC.

The Senior Data Scientist will be a senior technical contributor to the team with deep expertise in analyzing large volumes of complex data, building models to help answer pressing business questions or address customer needs, and communicating their findings to both technical and non-technical audiences. The Senior Data Scientist will work closely with technical and business leadership across Samsara, translate customer problems into concrete quantitative analysis, and iterate on the output with stakeholders.

Examples of day-to-day responsibilities:

  • Leveraging SQL or Python to shape and structure large, complex data sets for analysis
  • Building statistical and machine learning models to identify patterns, anomalies, and root causes (e.g., analyzing sensor temperatures to spot unhealthy devices)
  • Meeting with technical and non-technical stakeholders to understand data structures and determine business priorities
  • Working with product and full-stack engineering teams to build data-powered features in our cloud dashboard
  • Creating data visualizations and other summary output to support decision-making from operational and leadership teams


  • BA / MS / PhD or equivalent coursework in engineering or quantitative discipline (e.g., Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, etc.)
  • Experience with data manipulation and processing, preferably in SQL or Python on very large datasets (e.g., using PySpark)
  • Experience building statistical / machine learning models, preferably in Python (e.g., using Tensorflow, etc.)
  • Familiarity managing data science code via GitHub or other code versioning tool
  • Knowledge of software engineering fundamentals; high level of comfort reading and understanding full-stack / backend development code (e.g., our Go code base)
  • Experience with data visualization using Python libraries or BI tools (e.g., Tableau)
  • 4+ years experience as a data scientist, data engineer, or related role
  • Preferred: Experience deploying and optimizing machine learning models for very large datasets (1B+ rows)

At Samsara, we welcome all. All sizes, colors, cultures, sexes, beliefs, religions, ages, people. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Working at Samsara has its perks: for all full-time global employees, we provide private medical and dental insurance plus growth and development opportunities, as well as regular virtual team and company events. In the US we offer flexible vacation time, EMEA employees receive 25 vacation days plus national bank holidays. Post-COVID we’ll be back in our global offices with numerous in-office perks.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any reasonable accommodations for your interview (e.g., sign language interpreters, reading assistance, facility access, device or equipment modification, etc.)

Regarding COVID-19

Samsara's offices are beginning to reopen for voluntary return. Reopening timelines will be communicated by region based on region-specific guidelines. Phase 3 ('New Normal') will begin no earlier than January 2022. Our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our employees as well as candidates. We have transitioned all interviews and onboarding to be conducted virtually via Zoom video conferencing. Employees are able to work from countries and states where Samsara is a registered entity through December 2021. All employees are expected to return to our offices when they reopen with the exception of field-based and fully remote roles.