Data Science R&D, Research Associate at Civis Analytics

| Chicago
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About the Company

Are you a self-starter? Do you want to work where you can make an immediate impact? Civis Analytics is looking for a Data Science Research Associate to join our team!

Civis Analytics helps leading businesses, nonprofits and government use data to identify, attract, and engage customers, constituents and citizens. With a blend of proprietary data, technology and advisory services, and an interdisciplinary team of data scientists, developers, and survey science experts, Civis helps organizations stop guessing and start using statistical proof to guide decisions. Learn more about Civis at

Civis embraces the individuality of our employees and we celebrate each other's differences. Our products, services, and culture benefit from and thrive on the unique perspectives brought by each person in our Civis community. We're proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, age, sex, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About the Role

As a Data Scientist focused on our data assets, you will join the Chicago-based team, working closely and collaboratively with product managers, other data scientists, consultants, and engineers to support our data needs across products and clients.

You will be at the center of Civis’ rigorous processes for transforming data into actionable insights and value for our customers. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing perspectives and potential use cases for leveraging data and advanced analytics to improve decision making
  • Deeply understanding drivers of business value in potential data use cases through user interviews and market research
  • Identifying and vetting potential data sources and vendors
  • Ensuring the continued successful updating of our data assets for internal and external customers
  • Building proof of concepts and applying statistical tools to understand data quality
  • Working with data engineers to improve and automate our internal data update processes
  • Building supporting documentation and training for our data assets
  • Enabling our data science, consulting, product, and engineering teams to get the most out of our data assets

This is an entry-level to mid-level position with ample opportunities for career advancement.

We are looking for ambitious problem-solvers from diverse backgrounds. Civis encourages its employees to push the boundaries of the business and help the organization imagine new possibilities. We value creativity, hard work, and on-the-job excellence and offer competitive compensation and benefits packages. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Passion for using data and data products to drive decision making
  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative or engineering field, or commensurate work experience
  • Experience with SQL databases
  • Experience with Python, bash, or another scripting language
  • Experience identifying data quality issues and developing QC checks and reports
  • An ability and eagerness to constantly learn and teach others
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with one or more of the following:

  • Interacting with RESTful APIs
  • Transforming and standardizing large data sets
  • Media, political, geographic, and/or social network data
  • Familiarity with Git or other version control
  • Statistics and predictive modeling (For Python: pandas, scikit-learn, and the PyData stack or equivalent experience with R)
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Technology we use

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As one of the popular hubs for tech startups, Chicago is the perfect backdrop for Civis's growing team.

An Insider's view of Civis Analytics

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One of my favorite parts about Civis is the culture of learning—talking about academic papers is encouraged as well as sharing weird facts about things people are interested in. I also love the people at Civis because they genuinely care about each other and also serving the wider world.


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What are Civis Analytics Perks + Benefits

Civis Analytics Benefits Overview

- The opportunity to be part of a growing tech startup focused on solving interesting and meaningful problems, invested in internal promotion, and committed to fostering a diverse, equal and inclusive workplace. 
- Competitive benefits, including unlimited PTO, 401K match with immediate vesting, health, dental, and vision benefits, paid parental leave, breastfeeding support including breastmilk shipping services for traveling moms, flexible work from home policy, commuter benefits, wellness initiatives including weekly group meditations, monthly on-site massage therapy, and pet insurance.
- Modern office, conveniently located in the Loop. Close to public transportation, great restaurants and beautiful city views.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Civis-for-Good; Reading Groups/Journal Clubs
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Acme employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 50000 times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 1% of contributions up to 100% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 4 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Civis believes that if you are sick you should stay home. We have a flexible sick policy with no stated limits.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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