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Data Scientist


Location320 Goddard, Irvine, CA 92618+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job description401(k)401(k) matching

Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve the most pressing and complicated challenges facing stakeholders today. Our vision is to engage the brightest scientists and engineers to empower clients with solutions for a safe, healthy, sustainable and technologically complex world. We leverage over 50 years of experience in analyzing accidents and failures to advise clients as they innovate their technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.
We offer opportunities for you to expand your engineering or scientific knowledge amidst experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities. At Exponent, you will apply your experience, technical skills, and prior academic research to a fulfilling career in consulting. You will have the opportunity to develop continuously through formal and informal development programs, coaching and mentoring, and involvement in a wide array of projects. We are excited about your interest in joining our growing team!
Key statistics:

1100+ Team members
900+ Consultants
550+ Ph.D.s
30+ Offices globally

We are currently seeking a Data Scientist for our Data Sciences Practice in Irvine, CA. In this role, you will work as part of a team to partner with scientific and engineering experts to rapidly implement data solutions with a particular focus in the defense and life sciences industries. Your solutions and models will generate real-world, tangible, and immediate business, national security, and public health impact, along the entire data science lifecycle.
You will be responsible for:

Providing expertise to multi-disciplinary engineering teams in foundational data science domains, including data management, programming, statistics, and data storytelling
Exploring, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing large datasets in various formats, including tables, text, images, documents, medical records, and time-series
Collaborating with Exponent IT and client-side technical contacts for developing on-premises, hybrid, and cloud-based transfer, storage, compute, database, and reporting pipelines
Working in office, laboratory, and field settings for data collection and analysis activities
Identifying and suggesting solutions to possible problematic data and analyses, making corrections, determining root causes for data problems, and preserving lessons learned
Becoming a thought-leader through a commitment to ongoing professional development of technical skills, staying up-to-date with the state-of-the-art in data science techniques
Empowering practice leadership to effectively market data science capabilities, internalizing and educating fellow consultants on capabilities and advances in the field
Handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, being responsive to client needs and demonstrating a willingness to go the extra mile to meet timelines and performance expectations

You will have the following skills and qualifications:

Ph.D. in Data Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related engineering/scientific field OR M.S. plus 3+ years experience in Data Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related engineering/scientific field such as Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computational Chemistry, Bioinformatics, or Computational Biology
Required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and the possession of or ability to obtain a DoD security clearance to support our contracts with the U.S. Government
Required to have demonstrated expertise in one or more functional or technical domains while developing expertise in other domains:

Data Engineering
Cloud Architecting
Database Administration
Data Analysis and Visualization
Electronic Health and Medical Records Analysis
Geospatial Data Analysis
Business Analytics
Machine Learning & Deep Learning
Natural Language Processing
Computer Vision
Software Development

Required to have proficiency with Python, including common data science libraries
Required to have proficiency with SQL, including query design on large, complex datasets
Preferred to have experience with the capture of data, such as data acquisition in a laboratory, web scraping, data entry, or sensor streaming
Preferred to have strong practical engineering ability and understanding of physical systems
Required to have experience maintaining, processing, and analyzing large structured and/or unstructured datasets
Preferred to have experience working on cloud platforms or other distributed computing systems
Preferred to have experience understanding and reviewing the work of colleagues to verify the findings are grounded in strong scientific principles
Required to be a strong storyteller with excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills
Above all, a willingness to learn and embrace new technologies and ideas in domains beyond your area of expertise, working with a diverse set of clients and government agencies

Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae) with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].
To learn more about life at Exponent and our impact, please visit the following links:
We value and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion across all facets of our firm. Having a team built of people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.
Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.
Our consultants are rewarded for their technical and business contributions and have an opportunity to plan for future success and career growth. Exponent’s total compensation plan is consistent with its expectations of the quality and quantity of work performed and with the professional standards set by Exponent. At the Associate and Senior Associate level total compensation includes base salary, bi-weekly bonuses for high intensity efforts, annual bonus and 401(k) employer contribution of 7% of base salary.
The base salary range for this position is $110,000 – $140,000 depending on experience and capabilities which will be assessed during the interview process.
Access benefits information at this link.
Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.
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