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Research Scientist, Core Data Science

Location: London
Company: Facebook
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Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.
Core Data Science is a research and development team, working to improve Facebook's products, infrastructure, and processes. We generate real-world impact through a combination of scientific rigour and methodological innovation. We are an interdisciplinary team, with expertise in computer science, statistics, machine learning, economics, political science, operations research, and computational social science, among other fields. This diversity of perspectives enriches our research and expands the scope and scale of projects we can address.
Required Skills:
- Build pragmatic, scalable, and statistically rigorous solutions to mission critical inferential and decision problems using either existing or novel methods on top of Facebook's unparalleled data infrastructure.
- Work towards long-term ambitious research goals, while identifying intermediate milestones.
- Apply excellent communication skills in order to develop cross-functional partnerships throughout the company.
- Be able to work both independently and collaboratively with other scientists, engineers, designers, UX researchers, and product managers to accomplish complex tasks that deliver demonstrable value to Facebook's community of over 2 billion users.
- Think creatively, proactively, and futuristically to identify new opportunities within Facebook's long term roadmap for data-scientific contributions.
Minimum Qualifications:
- Ph.D. degree in computer science, statistics, economics, computation social science and related fields or MS degree and relevant professional experience.
- Experience in statistical analysis, machine learning or social network analysis.
- Experience with data analysis using tools such as R or Python, with packages such as NumPy, SciPy, pandas, scikit-learn, tidyverse (dplyr, ggplot2, etc.).
- Ability to initiate and drive research projects to completion with minimal guidance.
- The ability to communicate scientific work in a clear and effective manner.
Preferred Qualifications:
- Publications in relevant technical fields.
- Experience in lower level languages such as C++, Java.
- Experience in scalable dataset assembly / data wrangling, such as Presto, Hive or Spark.
Industry: Internet
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