Data Scientist

US-IL-Chicago

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About STATS

As the world’s leading sports data and technology company, STATS powers sports. We are trusted by more than 800 clients around the globe to enhance fan engagement and maximize team performance by analyzing sports data from more than 100,000 games a year with unrivaled speed and accuracy. We power sports on and off the field through data feeds, video analysis, sports content and research, player tracking through STATS SportVU®, and customizable digital solutions.

For more information, go to www.stats.com and follow STATS on Twitter @STATS_Insights.

Job Description

At STATS we are in the process of building a world-class data science team to explore and maximize the value of the enormous amount of sports data that we have at our disposal. As a Data Scientist, you should be experienced with and passionate about using sports data, especially fine-grained spatiotemporal and vision data. The role will be a cross of research and development, so you should be able to create new ideas, yet disciplined and focused enough to develop these ideas into products. A core element of the data science team will be centered on interactive machine learning/human-centered computing, so creating interactive and intuitive interfaces should excite you. You are able to both engage with domain experts as well as senior leaders and engineers to effectively deliver interpretable results. You are an independent thinker with a high degree of rigor, organization, and discipline to get things done. You are excited by the idea of dealing with enormous amounts of unstructured data, and developing solutions in a distributed setting.

You will have the opportunity to impact the business in a meaningful way. You will have the freedom to innovate, solve interesting problems and influence in a fast paced, exciting environment. You will work with smart people who love to solve hard problems, and who not only expect, but also foster high performance. You will have the rare opportunity to be part of a new and exciting data science group which aims to deliver new technologies to the sports world. 

Skills & Requirements

• MS or PhD in Machine Learning, Computer Vision or related (e.g., Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Operations Research, Computer Science).

• Substantial real-world experience with unstructured data sources, especially in areas such as spatiotemporal data and/or vision

• Expertise in predictive analytics/statistical modeling/data mining algorithms (knowledge of Multi-Task/Transfer Learning, Active Learning and Deep Learning is a plus).

• Experience with developing interactive interfaces for machine-learning/knowledge discovery purposes.  

• Experience with NoSQL databases (e.g., HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB)

• GPU programming experience is a plus

• Knowledge of common data structures and ability to write efficient code in at least one language, preferably C++, Python, R (knowledge of computer vision libraries such as OpenCV is a plus).

• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to describe the logic and implications of a complex model to all types of business partners.