Data Scientist II

Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote | US-CO-Lakewood
Posted Date 2 months ago(12/18/2017 9:00 AM)
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The Data Scientist II has primary responsibility for conducting data science projects with applications in assessment and learning analytics and technologies, including automated scoring.


NOTE: This position may be located in Iowa City, Iowa or Lakewood, Colorado or remotely.


Typical work-related activities include:

  • Deliver data science projects from beginning to end, including understanding the business need, aggregating data, exploring data, building and validating predictive models, and deploying completed models to deliver business impact to the organization
  • Provide technical documentation of data science projects including minimally presentations, technical reports, and code documentation
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with product managers, assessment designers, psychometricians, research scientists, engineers, and analysts
  • Provide data science industry leadership and scholarly contributions through research, publications, presentations, and partnerships
  • Contribute to a culture of high achievement, industry leadership, innovation, and accountability



  • Master’s degree in data mining, machine learning, statistics, computer science, operations research, engineering, mathematics, or related field required
  • PhD degree preferred
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired



  • Three-plus years of demonstrated success conducting predictive modeling, data science, and analysis projects
  • Research expertise and scholarly contributions in data science preferred
  • Experience in education or assessment industries preferred
  • Experience in the automated evaluation of responses to writing, short text, and innovative assessment items preferred




  • Experience using Python and/or R
  • Knowledge of and experience writing SQL
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Innovative thinker and thought leader
  • Exceptional collaborator and team member
  • Demonstrated willingness to both teach others and learn new techniques
  • Agile mindset



  • Experience working with big data tools such as Hadoop, Spark, Map/Reduce, and NoSQL databases
  • Experience handling datasets exceeding 250GB
  • Experience using Zepplin or Jupyter notebooks
  • Experience using tools for natural language processing
  • Experience analyzing streaming data




Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.


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