Data Scientist

| Greater Boston Area

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Data Scientist

Overview

We’re looking for an exceptional business-savvy data scientist to develop data products and drive better decision making across the edX organization and for our partners.

This is an opportunity to create tremendous business value, help us establish a world-class data science and analytics function, and most importantly have a major impact on our mission of providing high quality education to everyone, everywhere.

Responsibilities

  • Support the day-to-day analytical needs of a cross-functional product development team. This includes assessing business opportunities, developing success metrics, designing and analyzing experiments, and building statistical models using large data sets.
  • Identify, implement, and drive adoption of analytics-based solutions to business problems.
  • Provide statistical support across all departments and for end customers.
  • Mentor other team members.
  • Innovate new ways data science can be used to support the organization and its mission.

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of hands-on experience working with large, real world data in a business or academic environment.
  • Demonstrably strong business orientation and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strong programming skills as applied to working with large data sets (e.g. in Python, R, SQL, Spark), producing readable, reusable code.
  • A propensity toward action, and the mentality to get initial results quickly and iterate.
  • Connoisseurship of good science: attention to experimental design, causality, bias, significance, etc.
  • Heaploads of scrappiness, big picture thinking, and interest in solving fuzzy business problems.
  • Strong attention to detail and motivation to minimize error.
  • Excellent communication skills and a team player attitude.
  • The desire to have fun while doing all of the above.

Nice to have

  • Graduate degree in a quantitative discipline.
  • Experience with A/B testing, learning science, or clickstream data.
  • Strong background in statistics and machine learning.

How you will grow

  • Be part of a highly talented, collaborative, and practical data team that is always teaching and learning from each other.
  • Collaborate cross functionally and with senior leadership on some of edX's highest visibility initiatives.
  • Focus your energy on business impact, honing your ability to use data to create quantifiable value for an organization.
  • Play a key role in transforming a company early in its analytical journey into a highly sophisticated data-driven organization.
  • Solve challenging technical problems involving large volumes of data using cutting-edge tools.
  • Dedicate your time at work to furthering an important social cause, and have a big impact on edX's sustainability.

About edX

Are you ready to join a startup that’s transforming education? At edX, our mission is to offer a world-class education to everyone, everywhere, allowing them to gain the in-demand skills and knowledge that will lead to career and lifelong success. Today, edX.org, a nonprofit in Cambridge provides more than 16 million people access to education from the best universities and institutions in the world, including Harvard, MIT, Oxford, and Microsoft. EdX provides inspirational and transformative knowledge to students of all ages, social status, and income who form worldwide communities of learners.

Applicants must be able to work out of our Cambridge, MA office. Sorry, Visa sponsorship is not available.

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Location

EdX is located right off the MIT campus in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge, MA

An Insider's view of edX

What projects are you most excited about?

My work focuses on enabling course teams at partner institutions to create high-quality learning experiences on edX.org. Right now couldn't be a more critical time for this work as we ramp up the amount of Master's degrees we are offering this Fall. I work with faculty, instructional designers, media producers, and project managers.

Ben Piscopo

Learning Designer

What are edX Perks + Benefits

edX Benefits Overview

edX employees are eligible for all MIT benefits. Enjoy the benefits of an established benefits program, but still live startup life.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We have a pension plan too!
401(K) Matching
5% match
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
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