Engineering

Senior Data Scientist

Full Time - Austin, TX

Favor’s mission is ‘Anything Delivered’. Our Engineering team makes high-touch logistics happen. The Favor technology platform is the engine behind the business enabling millions of Favors. Our technology efficiently manages the real-time assignment of Runners to Favors, facilitates communication between customers, Runners, and support, keeps thousands of customer and Runner mobile applications in sync, and more.

We are looking for a Data Scientist to join our growing Data Science team. This person will design and implement models that have a tangible effect on our products and business. They will work on the full lifecycle of machine learning projects from problem definition to feature exploration to ensuring the models they develop work properly in production. This role will initially focus on recommendations throughout the Favor business and experience creating robust recommendation engines is a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate data assets and explore derivative features for use in models
  • Iterate on multiple approaches to determine the best way to solve data science problems
  • Develop a robust framework for thoroughly testing models and understanding model accuracy
  • Design and implement models using the best available technology
  • Work with machine learning engineers to serve predictions from models in production environments
  • Scope and estimate level of effort for data science problems
  • Identify potential milestones for data science projects such as feature exploration, minimum viable model and deployment

Requirements:

  • Masters or PhD degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Operations Research or another quantitative field or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of combined experience in machine learning, statistics, data modeling, programming, or applied research in related fields
  • 3+ years experience with scripting and programming languages like Python
  • Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms such as K-NN, Collaborative Filtering, Content Recommendations and Hybrid Approaches to Recommendations
  • Experience with common data science tools such as PySpark, Pandas,  Sklearn, Keras, Tensorflow, Jupyter Notebook, etc

Ideal Candidates:

  • Work with Amazon Web Services and SageMaker
  • Experience with collaborative and content based recommendation engines
  • Strong querying ability with SQL or other database dialects for dataset creation
  • Ability to work with machine learning engineers to put recommendation engines into production
At Favor, we believe that to Run Texas, we need to represent Texas. By putting Community First, we honor the diversity of our backgrounds and experiences through sharing our unique voices. Our community grows when we challenge ourselves to learn and see the world from another’s view. We are committed to growing a team with different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives and are an equal opportunity employer.   
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