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Director of Data Science

With award-winning machine learning technology, a multinational footprint, and expert teams focused on defense, IIoT, and finance, SparkCognition builds artificial intelligence systems to advance the most important interests of society. Our customers are trusted with protecting and advancing lives, infrastructure, and financial systems across the globe. They turn to SparkCognition to help them analyze complex data, empower decision making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With our leading-edge artificial intelligence platforms, our clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies. Learn more about SparkCognition’s AI applications and why we’ve been featured in CNBC’s 2017 Disruptor 50, and recognized two years in a row on CB Insights AI 100, by visiting www.sparkcognition.com.

SparkCognition is looking for a dynamic and motivated leader to manage our team of talented Data Scientists. The team’s mission is solving a broad range of real-world, customer problems using state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies. The challenges span across automated model building, autonomous vehicles, cyber security, image recognition, industrial IoT, and natural language processing. This individual will be responsible for leading other Data Scientists in both research and technical aspects of their projects and driving the planning and execution of these projects. This person must be self-motivated, driven and willing to help the team in whatever ways are required.

Responsibilities 

  • Motivate and lead team members with graduate and post-graduate degrees doing applied research solving leading-edge business problems
  • Mentor and lead other members of the department in data science best practices
  • Keep senior management informed of progress and any obstacles impeding the successful implementation of projects and other departmental activities thru status reports, presentations, etc. 
  • Handle routine daily activities such as logistics, coordination, coaching, mentoring, recruiting, planning, delivery, quality, customer/vendor relationships, performance metrics, operations, efficiency and other services 
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment

Qualifications 

  • Graduate degree, Ph.D. preferred, in Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Economics, or a related scientific discipline
  • Strong understanding of machine learning, cognitive computing, natural language processing, statistics, and modeling techniques 
  • 5+ years in positions applying machine learning, natural language processing, data science, and analytics.
  • 3+ years managing projects as a technical project leader
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to summarize technically complex information for a non-technical audience
  • Strong can do attitude, thrives in a dynamic, fast paced environment with many simultaneous projects 
  • Experience working with Big data, Cloud, AI or Machine Learning technologies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work with all stakeholders to improve data and business processes and to negotiate priorities 
  • Experience with distributed computing, such as Hadoop, Spark, or an MPP environment a plus
  • Experience with developing application on full stack of HTTP, JSON, REST, Angular JS, Java/C#, Python, SQL and no-SQL databases a plus
  • Expertise in R, Python or similar Machine Learning languages/packages a plus
  • Experience with NLP, Big Data Analytics, and Graphing techniques a plus

SparkCognition is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or
expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when
otherwise legally authorized to work) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such
characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we
operate. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at
accommodations@sparkcognition.com

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