Head of Research

We are looking for a Head of Research for Spotify’s data organization (“Data Mission”). Our research team conducts foundational research on all aspects of Spotify — users, creators, product, content — to develop models, produce actionable insights, and generate proprietary data in support of our long-term goals. We combine data, behavioral and network science, applied math, and machine learning.The Data Mission is responsible for making Spotify a data-first company.

What you’ll do

  • Lead and develop a team of roughly 20 research scientists in New York and Stockholm and grow the team in both the US and Europe
  • Cultivate research excellence through current programs like peer review and knowledge sharing, and new efforts you develop
  • Shape and steer data-intensive research projects toward business application targets and objectives
  • Develop proposals for new research projects
  • Collaborate closely with the Head of Engineering to scale the output from Research and with the Head of Data Solutions (our internal consultancy) to drive business applications
  • Report to the VP Data and be part of the leadership team of Spotify’s data and analytics organization, helping set the overall direction and culture
  • Help make Spotify a data-first company

Who you are

  • You have a PhD in math or science and substantial experience in all major aspects of data science, including statistics and machine learning
  • You are recognized professionally for your scientific contributions to one or more disciplines
  • You have built and/or led a team of research scientists in a commercial setting, ideally across multiple locations
  • You are ambitious and ready to build an industry-leading research team

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better product for our users and our creators. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of changing the way the world listens to music.

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