Data Scientist
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Data Scientist

Shape the future of data-driven organizations

Where you’re headed

You will use data creatively to solve business challenges, often uncovering new and transformative opportunities along the way. In this role, you will apply state-of-the-art advanced analytics, quantitative tools, and modeling techniques to interpret, make inferences, and offer recommendations based on insights from the data. 

Where you’ve been

You’re a problem solver, a data expert, an analyst, a communicator, and a trusted adviser who can create new algorithms from scratch. You have an advanced degree in a quantitative field, such as computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, or applied mathematics. In addition, you bring:

  • familiarity with statistical and data-mining techniques
  • strong knowledge of programming languages, with a focus on machine learning and advanced analytics (such as R, Python, and Scala)
  • experience working with large data sets and relational databases
  • a collaborative spirit and the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to both colleagues and clients
  • excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze issues, identify causes, and recommend solutions quickly

Meet Our People

It’s the fusion of people—experimenters and implementers working toward a shared goal—that inspires me every day.

Torgyn

Data Scientist, QuantumBlack, London

I get to work on tough challenges, using complex techniques. I love it.

Aaron

Data Scientist, Public Sector, San Francisco

None of the problems we look at are standard ones, so we’re always having to think outside the box to come up with new solutions.

Luke

Data Scientist, Public Sector, Waltham Knowledge Center

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