Data Scientist

In a nutshell:

IDEO is looking for Data Scientists to join our team around the world.  We’re looking for self-starters who can creatively apply data science in the real world and continually learn new things (both technical and non-technical) independently.

Where is this job?

Data science is a new craft within IDEO and part of the role will include helping to scale our data science chops globally. Though we’re hiring for all of our locations, we’re looking for data scientists who are excited about being mobile, and working with our community around the world.

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

IDEO is growing its data science expertise as part of its new offering: Design for Augmented Intelligence (D4AI). Since the growth of our data science discipline was catalyzed by the acquisition of Datascope, most of us are based in Chicago for now. 

Data scientists will make the biggest impact by designing and deploying intelligent systems, products, services, and experiences. They will take full advantage of the potential of augmented intelligence to build new ventures, create new markets, and unlock new value for customers.  We count on our data scientists to lead their project teams in data-driven thinking and provide expertise on the positive potential of intersecting intelligent technologies with human-centered design.

Once here you will:

  • Dive into project work, performing exploratory data analyses, creating plots and interactive data visualizations, implementing various machine learning / statistical / optimization techniques
  • Continually hone and improve your data science skills by practicing your craft on project work, researching techniques and methods that are new to you, and applying these new methods in code
  • Work with a diverse set of stakeholders (coworkers, clients and mentors) to communicate complex concepts and complete projects
  • Share techniques and approaches with other designers—from the data science discipline to interaction design, software design, and beyond

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

As a Data Scientist, we provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Shape and grow the data science discipline across IDEO globally 
  • Practice data science in a human-centered way, and to treat data as a richly complex and flexible medium for design
  • Shape the emerging data science discipline across IDEO globally, by demonstrating what it means for data science to have a disproportionately positive effect on human experiences
  • Build empathy for the end-users of your work, by going out in the field with your team to experience things first-hand like watching a surgical procedure, exploring the house of a hoarder, or flying a flight simulator

Relevant experience:

We're looking for people who demonstrate visible experience writing reusable code (probably mostly Python) to do exploratory data analysis, simulation, data visualization, and various machine learning and optimization techniques.

This could mean a portfolio of open source contributions, personal projects, presentations, or other things that show that you were passionate about a subject, took some initiative to learn about it, and applied it to a real problem.

Beyond the above requirement, our ideal colleague:

  • is interested in or even fluent in design thinking
  • complements our existing team in unique and unexpected ways
  • is not afraid to learn something new independently
  • likes using math to solve problems
  • may have professional consulting experience
  • continuously strives to improve on writing and speaking
  • is comfortable with ambiguity and freedom and can self manage
  • strives to be an excellent and versatile computer programmer
  • is eager to contribute to our culture of exploration, learning, and diversity of thought
  • is interested in aligning with our values
  • isn't scared by words like Python, TensorFlow, scikit-learn, SQL, d3.js, map-reduce, or R and, better yet, knows how to use them

Questions about you:

Tell us about a project on which you wrote data analysis code as part of a team. What went well on the project and what would you do differently next time? URLs to examples (slides, reports, apps, code) are encouraged.

What excites you about applying data science at IDEO?

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.