Opportunity: Data Scientist

Contemplate Wild is seeking a data scientist, who will be responsible for developing, monitoring and maintaining its data science toolset & workflows, particularly related to its collaborative monitoring platforms. This opportunity is ideal for someone who holds a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in quantitative fields like Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Ecology, Biology or related field.

Email:  [email protected] to apply for this position

Applications close on 24th January 2022.

Date published: 2022/01/10

ABOUT CONTEMPLATE WILD

  • Contemplate Wild NPC is a South African-based non-profit company (2021/845899/08) that aims to promote conservation of threatened species and/or habitats through veterinary, technology, research and scientific support to conservation initiatives as well as mentoring, capacity building and fundraising.
  • Operations are mainly based in the Mpumalanga Lowveld

ABOUT THE ROLE

Responsibilities

  •  Mine, process, integrate, analyze, and visualize data for a variety of projects and purposes
  •  Develop, optimize, monitor, and maintain Contemplate Wild’s data science toolset & workflows, particularly related to its collaborative monitoring platforms.
  • Coordinate data science activities across the Contemplate Wild collaborator network.
  • Synthesize and visualize data analyses outputs, generate dashboards, maps and summary reports to stakeholders, including regular automated reporting 
  • Communicate outcomes in verbal, written, and graphic formats to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

REQUIREMENTS
Qualifications
Essential : Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in quantitative fields like Mathematics, Statistics, Computer
Science, Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Ecology, Biology or related
Beneficial: Doctorate in quantitative statistics/computer science/biology/ecology/similar

Computer Languages and Cloud Computing
Essential :

  • R and/or Python, SQL – advanced knowledge and experience
  • Git (GitHub) & cloud provider services (e.g. AWS / Azure / Google Cloud)

Beneficial:

  •  C++, JavaSript, HTML, Amazon Sagemaker

Skills and Experience
Essential :

  •  Statistical techniques - generalized linear models (GLM), general additive models (GAM), regression, random forests, boosting, trees, maximum entropy, text mining, social network analysis, properties of distributions, etc.
  • Database structure, design & maintenance
  • Application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Dashboards & data visualization

Beneficial:

  • Geographic information systems and spatial data analyses
  • Machine learning & artificial intelligence implementation (regression, simulation, scenario
  • analysis, modeling, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, etc.)

Character

  • Reliable & trustworthy
  • Addicted to problem solving & innovative thinking
  • Highly adaptive to all challenges data or logistical (including load shedding and poor bandwidth)
  • Outcomes orientated - especially when the pressure is on – there will be pressure!
  • Ability to translate complex data into visual information of high impact
  • Very strong interpersonal & communication skills – you will definitely work with people (stakeholders) and need to gain their trust and respect  Love for nature & conservation
  • A touch of class

Contract Duration: 2 years
 

APPLICATIONS AND ENQUIRIES

For more information about the opportunity, kindly contact Contemplate wild through:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 24 January 2022

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