Austin - United States
Are you looking for an opportunity where you can impact the lives of millions of people in a meaningful way and help them enjoy time away with their friends and families building memories? That is what we do here at HomeAway.com. We are the leading vacation rental website in the world with more than 1 million online bookable vacation rentals. Our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace and we're committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. As for engineering, we solve problems of scale and work on cutting edge and open-source technologies. Our culture is one that strives on solving difficult problems focusing on product engineering based on hypothesis testing to empower people to come up with ideas.
HomeAway is hiring Economists to report to our Head Economist (Justin Rao). This role will be applying cutting edge econometric and ML techniques to solve core business problems on one of the largest two-sided marketplaces in the world. The position requires both building economic models and frameworks, and estimating the core parameters of the model, working in tandem with data scientists and business partners. Areas of work include market design, demand estimation, behavioral economics, promotion optimization, optimal pricing and advertising effectiveness. There are opportunities to work with world class economists that we engage with outside of the company.
Ph.D. in Economics or related fields OR Masters in a technical field (applied math, computer science, statistics etc.) and 5 years experience applying quantitative models in a business setting.
Experience with programming languages such as R, Python or Scala.
Experience or ability to learn quickly processing Big Data and applying models at scale.
Experience building economic models for the inference of causality and estimating structural parameters.
Relevant coursework or professional experience for time series modeling, reduced form applied micro and structural IO.
Ability to organize results and present work to C-level execs to move the needle on major company decisions.
Competitive health and insurance benefits
Target annual bonus or commission
Paid vacation and sick time
Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)
Employee Stock Purchase Program
Free snacks and beverages
Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
Free listing on HomeAway.com
Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk
Discounted Metro & Rail pass