Senior Data Scientist

The Roux Institute at Northeastern University | Portland, ME, United States

Posted Date 5/06/2024

About the Opportunity

About the Institute:

Do you want to be part of an exciting new Institute focused on the fusion of human and machine intelligence into working AI solutions?We are launching a pioneering research and innovation hub in AI—one that will shape the way humans and machines collaborate. Led by Dr. Usama Fayyad, the Institute for Experiential AI (IEAI) is built around the challenges and opportunities made possible by human-machine collaboration. The institute provides a framework to design, implement, and scale AI-driven technologies in ways that make a true difference to society. Our ability to respond to the opportunities afforded to society will depend on training and building a workforce that is AI-capable. Located in Portland, Maine, with the goal of growing the Maine tech economy, the Roux Institute will be a center of activity for the Institute’s efforts.Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.The Culture:

Here at the Institute of Experiential AI (IEAI) we are committed to the highest of standards in all that we do. Working at the Institute of Experiential AI offers opportunities, an environment, a culture that just aren’t found together anywhere else. This is the right place for you if you’re curious, motivated by the future of technology and want to be part of a unique community that works on high-impact business and societal problemsSummary:

This position supports the Institute in delivering data science and AI projects and expertise to its industry partners and researchers. Assist in delivering data science and AI courses and professional development programs to learners across the University and industry. Help build AI products that will solve the most pressing issues for organizations, including Responsible AI. Be part of a fast-growing team that will develop and maintain a cutting-edge data platform, acquire data sets for research and education purposes, and use data science strategically to support the Institute’s mission.

Minimum Requirements:

Education & Experience:

  • Graduate degree (Masters/PhD) in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or similar disciplines and seven or more years of professional experience, or can convincingly demonstrate this level of skill.
  • Experience assisting technical staff in the completion of projects.
  • Experience communicating with technical and non-technical stakeholders and translating business problems into technical specifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.
  • Professional experience developing machine learning solutions and applying them in real-world scenarios. • Proficiency with deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, LangChain, HuggingFace, axolotl.
  • Knowledge of and ability to select, adapt, and effectively use large AI foundational models.
  • Professional experience developing solutions using NLP, computer vision, or forecasting.
  • Proficiency with statistical computer languages such as Python or R.
  • Proficiency with relational database systems (SQL) and object-based data stores.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
  • Knowledge of and ability to select, adapt, and effectively use various programming methods.

Preferred Experience:

  • Knowledge of and ability to select, adapt, and effectively use large AI foundational models. • Experience with distributed data systems such as Apache Spark.
  • Expertise in analyzing large, complex, multi-dimensional datasets with various tools.
  • Expertise in hypothesis testing and AB testing.
  • Proficiency in Linux and version control software (git).
  • Familiarity with Object-oriented programming languages such as Python, Java, C# or C++. • Familiarity with Agile / Scrum development practices.
  • Assist in the management of technical projects

Values & Abilities:

  • Aptitude to independently learn new technologies, prototype and propose software design and solutions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Drive to learn new technologies, statistical methods and data manipulation techniques.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across academia and industry.
  • Team-player who can collaborative effectively across many teams within the University.
  • Open-minded and assertive when collaborating and working within our team and with other groups within Northeastern University.
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set with an ability to navigate complex structures and processes.

Position Type


Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

Job Type
Education | Science - Research

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