Jake Porway writes:
DataKind is looking for a brilliant part-time Opportunity Analyst to find data-informed solutions to the world’s most pressing problems with our NYC team!
We’re a fast growing non-profit that tackles humanity’s biggest problems through data science. . . . We’ve helped the World Bank estimate poverty from satellite imagery, teamed with the Grameen Foundation to improve their mobile knowledge programs in Uganda, and joined the Red Cross in using fire data and open city data to understand where fires are most likely to occur. . . .
Our Opportunity Analysts dig deep into how the data was collected, find new and creative data sources to incorporate, do exploratory data analysis and some initial data sleuthing, and then devise creative potential solutions for the project. You are the architect and the designer of projects, the creative visionary who can dream of the biggest and most high impact uses of data science for our pro bono data teams to fulfill. . . .
Ideally you are:
A brilliant data scientist . . . Ph.D. preferably . . . a combination of Computer Science mashed up with Applied Math, Psychology, Physics, Political Science, Astronomy, Biology, or other natural science.
A true data craftsman: You’re no stranger to data outside of a laboratory or industrial setting. Many of our projects start with stacks of . . . all manner of data, beautiful, wondrous, and disgusting. You are someone with bandoliers of data tools – you can wield scripting languages like Python at malformed JSON, you’re no stranger to the command line, and you can quickly spin up visualizations in D3, Processing, matplotlib . . .
A designer at heart . . . A great communicator . . . You hesitate to use the word “p-value” unless the other person does first. [I like that! --- AG.] . . . Battle tested . . . you should have a history of tackling these types of problems, perhaps as a data consultant, perhaps as the head of data science at LinkedIn. . . .
This job is currently part-time (10-20 hours a week) but has the potential to become a full-time position. . . .
The full job post is here if you want to learn more.
Looks cool to me. It’s good to see these young people working on this sort of thing.