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Data Scientist (Remote)

| Greater Denver Area

Respondent is a two-sided marketplace that connects market and user researchers with the highest quality research participants in the world. Our platform gives researchers a single place to quickly find the right participants for their projects, as well as schedule and pay them instantly. It simplifies the work that’s necessary to conducting quality research. Companies like IBM, Airbnb, Uber, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and many more trust and integrate us into their research processes.

We are a small, quickly growing, fully remote tech startup. Working as a distributed team allows us to hire the best talent regardless of location (right now, everyone works in a continental US Time Zone). All of our employees have areas of expertise as well as a wide breadth of knowledge in their domains. This blog post shares more insight into how we work successfully as a distributed team.

We are currently scaling out our Data Science team and seeking our first Data Scientist to help develop our next generation business applications. We are looking for a Data Scientist proficient in developing prototypes and applying Machine Learning frameworks to exciting business problems.  

The team is currently looking at a range of different business problems, using techniques from diverse domains such as data mining and machine learning, statistical modeling, simulation, optimization, NLP, and multimedia analysis. 

You will have a decision-making role within the team, researching new algorithms, looking at best papers published at top international conferences, journals, etc and developing prototypes to be handed over to engineering for production.

Responsibilities

  • Research, design, and prototype robust and scalable models based on machine learning, data mining, and statistical modeling to answer key business problems
  • Build tools and support structures needed to analyze data, perform elements of data cleaning, feature selection and feature engineering and organize experiments in conjunction with best practices
  • Work interdepartmentally with development teams and business groups to ensure models can be implemented as part of a delivered solution replicable across both product and internal BI solutions
  • Present findings to stakeholders to drive improvements and solutions from concept through to delivery
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in the field by continuous learning and proactively champion promising new methods relevant to the problems at hand

Who you are

  • A few years in applied machine learning in commercial settings
  • Experience in researching algorithms, and pragmatically deciding between implementing custom frameworks vs using off the shelf solutions dependent on business needs
  • Experience working with decision trees/and random forests, gradient boosting, clustering, probability networks, association rules, and neural networksAbility to explain machine learning from first principles for a lay audience
  • Ability and inclination to work in multi-disciplinary environments, and desire to see ideas realized in practice
  • An avid problem solver, with the ideals for breaking existing boundaries
  • Experience programming in multiple languages (ideally Python and/or R)
  • Strong SQL experience
  • Experience with cloud computing and data warehousing 
  • Background of using agile development
  • (Nice to have) Educated to Masters/PhD level  in Mathematics, Computer Science, a relevant field AND/OR equivalent real-world experience

We are looking for someone who matches our level of joy for the work we do, brings something new to the team, and elevates our game. Our core values are very important to us and we hope they resonate with you, too. You can read more about them here!

Benefits

Working at Respondent is a unique experience. You will be part of a remote, diversified team around the US and world. We care deeply about creating a cohesive, tight-knit culture that gets results. That’s why we offer our employees the following:

  • Work remotely from anywhere in a continental US Time Zone (we are not able to accommodate continuous travel e.g. digital nomadism, remote year, etc.)
  • A full office set up, including a MacBook Pro, desk, second screen, ergonomic chair, and wireless mouse & keyboard
  • Health insurance for US-based employees covered at 99% for individuals and 50% for dependents (non-US employees receive a healthcare stipend)
  • Short Term Disability covered at 100% for all US-based employees
  • Dental and Vision insurance offered at group rates to lower the cost for US-based employees
  • Four weeks of flexible vacation (need a bit more for religious or country holidays--no problem!)
  • Paid holidays
  • Stock options
  • Company retreats for teammates to get to know one another in-person: our last two were in New Orleans and San Antonio!

Respondent is an equal opportunity employer

We understand it takes a diverse team of highly intelligent, passionate, curious, and creative people to solve the challenges involved in Respondent's long term success. Our dynamic team members have incredible perspectives to share, just as we know you do, and we take great pride in being an equal opportunity workplace and encourage candidates from under represented backgrounds to apply.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • vue.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • InVisionDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • AsanaManagement
    • SalesforceCRM
    • IntercomEmail
    • MailgunEmail
    • OutreachLead Gen

Location

We are big believers in distributed teams! Everyone works in a location that is on a continental US time zone!

An Insider's view of Respondent

What are some social events your company does?

As a completely distributed team, we are very deliberate about ensuring our team gets to know one another! For example, employees are paired with 2-3 other employees to have a virtual “coffee chat” every two weeks. But we recognize that nothing can substitute time in-person, so we also have company-wide retreats every 9 months to work and have fun!

Kat Myers

Head of People Ops

What projects are you most excited about?

To promote high quality participants to our clients, I've been working on an automated pipeline to score participants on a variety of data - user entered information, engagement and behavior etc. I've loved brainstorming and executing on new ways to capture and analyze data. Seeing/measuring its impact across features has been really exciting!

Rayaan

Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We’ve found that setting company goals has been a hugely beneficial framework for establishing autonomy at Respondent. We want everyone to feel like they have creative license and decision making authority at every level of the company. This is very important to us personally and the foundation for building a long lasting and successful company.

Jack Pratten

CEO / Founder

What are Respondent Perks + Benefits

Respondent Benefits Overview

Everyone works remotely!
Full home office setup provided
Medical, dental, vision insurance
Disability insurance
Paid vacation and sick leave
Company retreats (the last one was in San Antonio!)

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Respondent covers 99% of each employee's monthly insurance cost and 50% for dependents.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Professional Development Benefits
Time allotted for learning
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