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Data Scientist

What Matters Most

  • An interest in or even fluency in design thinking
  • Not afraid to learn something new independently
  • Enjoys using math to solve problems
  • Proficient in Japanese and in English  
  • Professional consulting experience nice to have
  • Continuously strives to improve on writing and speaking
  • Comfort with ambiguity and freedom, can self manage
  • Strives to be an excellent and versatile computer programmer
  • Eager to contribute to our culture of exploration, learning, and diversity of thought
  • 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

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 are/were passionate about a subject, took some initiative to learn about it, and applied it to a real problem. 

Your New Role 

Data science is one of the newest disciplines at IDEO and we’re invested in its success. Data science at IDEO is in a state of rapid growth and learning, and there’s a huge opportunity for you to make an impact on IDEO itself. 

As a data scientist, you 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. 

Why IDEO Tokyo?

IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help enable change in Japan through design and creativity. As part of a small studio that is still growing, this person must demonstrate a collaborative working style, great communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a non-rules based environment of innovation. 

Data science is also a new discipline within IDEO Tokyo. We are looking for those who are excited to help grow the data science capability within our studio and lead our clients through data-driven, human-centered design.  

Once here you will:

  • Dive into project work, performing exploratory data analyses, creating plots and interactive data visualizations, and 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
  • 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 human-centered data science to have a disproportionately positive effect on people’s 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 

Your New Organization

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse challenges for our clients and the organization, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure, we work hard — but we also 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. 

Commitment to Diversity

At IDEO, we are committed to the work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and in the world. Our purpose of having disproportionate, world-changing impact through design is directly connected to our ability to bring many different perspectives together. This applies to our candidates, the people we hire, the clients and customers we serve, and the communities we learn from in our research.

As a human-centered organization, we are committed to working with and designing for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical ability or attribute, religion, national origin, or political belief. We recognize that this commitment requires ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and answer the “Question About You” found in the application itself.

Question About You: 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.

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