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Model Governance Researcher

Company: Upstart
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Upstart is a leading AI lending platform partnering with banks to expand access to affordable credit. As we transitioned to being a public company, we're now poised to leverage our domain expertise and revolutionize every aspect of lending and credit risk evaluation. We've recently expanded our offerings to include automobile refinancing and we plan to take on more verticals as the business grows.

By leveraging Upstart's AI platform, Upstart-powered banks can have higher approval rates and lower loss rates, while simultaneously delivering the exceptional digital-first lending experience their customers demand. Upstart's patent-pending platform is the first to receive a no-action letter from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau related to fair lending. Upstart is based in San Mateo, California and Columbus, Ohio.

Most Upstarters join us because they connect with our mission of enabling access to effortless credit based on true risk. If you are energized by the impact you can make at Upstart, we'd love to hear from you!

The Team

Because our challenges are so new, members of our Machine Learning team need strong creative problem-solving skills and the technical background to implement solutions. Our research environment affords team members the opportunity to utilize a variety of statistical and machine learning methods with the freedom and encouragement to pursue alternative approaches to solving problems. Whether developing new products or identifying novel approaches to core models, we are continuously seeking the next big ideas to move our business forward.

As a Model Governance Researcher at Upstart, you'll make an impact by researching, analyzing and creating content for Compliance, Sales and Bank Partnerships teams with respect to the impact and performance of our AI/ML models. You'll also have an opportunity to work alongside a talented ML team that values curiosity, humility, drive and teamwork.

How you'll make an impact:

* Translate Upstart's highly technical proprietary technology into language accessible to non-industry stakeholders, while maintaining discretion and confidentiality * Own the technical editing process for documents produced by Upstart's machine learning team including creating and implementing formalized content style guides and templates * Author public-facing white papers and research papers on topics related to machine learning model governance including fair lending and model explainability * Develop content including sales guides, documents, and interactive tools with the purpose of making machine learning models accessible to external business partners * Serve as a liaison to the academic research community on issues related to machine-learning model governance * Potential to become a leader in the area, and take on more responsibility over time

What we're looking for:

* Minimum requirements: * Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate highly technical data and processes into language that can be understood by internal and external stakeholders * Sound working knowledge of statistics, econometrics, or machine learning methods * Programming skills in Python and/or R * Experience cataloguing and documenting model governance processes to a high level of detail using GitHub, Jira, Confluence, G-Suite and/or related tools * Ability to work cross functionally between technical and non-technical teams and act as a voice for them * Preferred qualifications: * Core academic foundation in quantitative area of study such as Economics, Statistics, Data Science, Machine Learning, or others; * Master's, PhD or Juris Doctorate with demonstrated research and writing skills strongly preferred * Research interests and/or knowledge of consumer credit or fair lending practices is a plus

What you'll love:

* Competitive Compensation (base + bonus & equity) * Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage * Personal Development and Technology & Ergonomic Budgets * Life insurance and disability benefits * Clubs and Activities (Game Nights, Fitstarters, Superwomen, Book Club, Investing Club, Money Discussions, Photography Club and Basketball teams) * Generous vacation policy * 401(k) * Catered lunches + snacks & drinks

Upstart is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. We are dedicated to ensuring that underrepresented classes receive better access to affordable credit, and are just as committed to embracing diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices. We celebrate all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, and know that we can only become better together.

Keywords: Upstart, San Mateo , Model Governance Researcher, Other , San Mateo, California

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