Data Scientist

| Chicago
Avant is revolutionizing the world of lending by lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing for everyday people. At our core, we are a technology company that builds advanced platforms and uses custom analytics. Today, we help underserved consumers, the majority of whom get fast funding on our online platform without having to talk anyone. Tomorrow we plan to use our world class technology and underwriting capabilities to launch new products and bank partnerships that improve people’s financial lives.
Job Description
Let’s get to business. Avant is looking for a new Data Scientist to join the team in Chicago.
We are revolutionizing access to credit by innovative mathematical models. As part of our data science team, you will leverage our fast growing structured and unstructured dataset to improve default prediction, marketing analytics and operations. Your models will have a direct impact on our customers by helping us provide them with financing options at fair cost.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, quantitative finance or other quantitative field
  • Prior experience in statistics and machine learning modeling techniques
  • Expertise in at least one statistical programming language, preferably R
  • Basic skills in a scripting language such as Python
  • Professional experience with relational databases such as PostgreSQL
  • 2-3 years of professional work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in engineering, computer science, mathematics, statistics, quantitative finance or other quantitative field 
  • Proven ability to communicate findings clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Expertise in machine learning theories and practices, including regression models, GLM, SVM and tree based models (e.g. Boosting, Random Forest)
  • Familiar with Object-Oriented Design (OOD) concept and functional programming

Why Avant is a fit for you: At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:We value, support, and help each other growWe are committed to active inclusion and diversityWe are transparent and believe the best idea winsWe succeed when our customers succeedWe get sh!t done… responsiblyAnd we keep it fun! We believe that ideas are more important than titles, everything is more fun together, everyone drives change, and everyone is an owner. While we believe the perks and benefits that we offer are terrific, nothing excites us more than having the ability to collaborate with intelligent, highly-motivated and talented people on challenging problems as we work to change the face of online lending.

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Location

Located on Chicago's scenic Riverwalk. It’s home to nearby trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and public transportation.
222 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Perks of working here

401(K)
Dental
Health Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Unlimited PTO
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