OkCupid.com: Data Scientist

Posted by | August 21, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips

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Location: New York, NY

URL: http://www.okcupid.com

OkCupid, a free online dating site with millions of
members, is looking for a full-time data scientist to join our data team.
Our data scientists mine our terabyte-scale database for
interesting statistical trends, seeking answers to such provocative questions
as: What is the optimum flirty message length? And do nerdier users have more
sex? Your research will be published at http://blog.okcupid.com,
with millions of readers each month. You might even find your work featured in
the New York Times (http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/03/race-and-romance-an-uneven-playing-field-for-black-women/)
or on Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/5586987/the-big-lies-people-tell-in-online-dating).
Successful candidates will be expected to take
open-ended, “plain English” statistical questions and extract answers
from a complex SQL database. Applicants should be comfortable working with structured
and unstructured data, combining data from multiple sources, and putting
complicated ideas down in to code. Ingenious scripting is a day-to-day part of
the job.
The ability to write idiomatic Python and comfort with
the Unix command line are essential.
Candidates should be experts at optimizing programs, understand the tradeoffs
of the memory hierarchy, and be able to work around constraints in disk speed,
memory size, and CPU cycles. Candidates should be comfortable with basic
statistical inquiry; strong math experience, particularly with Linear Algebra,
will be helpful.

To apply: Send a resume to hr@okcupid.com.

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