Data Scientist II (Tech, Surveys) at Civis Analytics

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What we do

At Civis, we take a science-first approach to solving business problems using person-level data. With a blend of proprietary technology and statistical advisory services, we help public and private sector organizations find, understand and connect with the people they care about, so they can stop guessing and start using mathematical proof to guide decisions. We know others use “data science” and “analytics” as buzzwords, but at Civis we don’t stand for fluff, and we will always deliver scalable products and technologies — not PowerPoints — to drive your business forward. Learn more about Civis at www.civisanalytics.com.

Our mission

To democratize data science so organizations can stop guessing and make decisions based on numbers and scientific fact.

What we are looking for

Civis collects millions of survey responses every year for political forecasting, message testing, brand tracking, and much more. As a Data Scientist on the Surveys Team,  you will be responsible for the data science needed to turn these survey data into insights. You will be responsible for developing production tools to clean, weight, and analyze survey data. You will also develop and maintain novel reference data sets for survey weighting. You will be working as part of a cross-functional team of data scientists and engineers to implement data science methods as production tools that will be used by teams across Civis.

You will support our Applied Data Science team to ensure that our survey methods are effective across political, public sector, advocacy, and commercial domains.

A successful candidate will be able to work independently and in close collaboration with other data scientists and engineers. The role requires a person who can think critically about the technical and methodological implications of their work, and is enthusiastic about building tools to enable data scientists and research managers.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain survey infrastructure in a cross-functional team of data scientists and engineers
  • Productionize novel and off the shelf data science models using Civis Platform
  • Provide support to internal users and act as a subject matter expert in statistical methods relevant to survey analysis
  • Validate our weighting and analysis methods using known sources of truth and simulation studies
  • Research and prototype novel approaches for survey weighting, forecasting, and causal inference
  • Identify possible new data sources for survey weighting, and automate refreshes of existing data
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing and training across the company

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s/Ph.D. in a quantitative field, or 2+ years work experience in data science, statistics, or machine learning
    • Experience working in applied statistics, machine learning, or scientific analysis
  • Experience writing production code in R or Python
  • Enjoys communicating about technical topics to a non-technical audience
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Self-directed learner
  • US work authorization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Willing to learn and work with both R and Python
  • Extensive experience in at least one of the following: machine learning engineering (e.g., developing and maintaining models in production), working with survey data (e.g., survey weighting), causal inference

Why join our team?

  • 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, 401(k) 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.

Civis Analytics 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 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 contact [email protected]

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries

Location

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

What's something quirky about your company?

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.

Evelyn

Software Engineer

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.

Culture
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
Diversity
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)
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
Remote Work Program
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
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
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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