DataSift: Data Scientist

DataSift is among hottest big data platform companies in the world, on the cutting edge of how social data can be leveraged to unlock massive value for enterprises, brands and agencies.

DataSift Company: DataSift
Location: Reading, Berkshire, UK

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Do you want to tackle some of the biggest data challenges on the planet?

DataSift is the hottest big data platform company in the world and is proud to be named to the JMP Securities 2013 Hot 100 Privately Held Software Companies list and featured as one of the Top Ten Start-Up Companies in Big Data by VentureBeat. We are on the cutting edge of how social data can be leveraged to unlock massive value for enterprises, brands and agencies. We process and enrich over 4.5 terabytes of social data a day from Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and hundreds of blogs, boards and forums. We are one of just three companies in the world with full access to the Twitter firehose and have strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Tableau Software and Splunk.

We are rapidly growing and currently have over 90 employees worldwide with offices in San Francisco, New York and Reading, UK. We're well funded by amazing investors, including Scale Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures and IA Ventures. We plan on doubling in size over the next year, so we need your help! If you're up to the challenge, keep reading and apply!

We're recruiting an experienced data scientist to make big contributions to our platform and knowledge. You'll play a key role in our data science team and collaborate with people from all functions and all levels of the company.


  • Design and build new data science products that run in our platform making our data easier for customers to interpret and use
  • Extend our library of in house classifiers and work with customers to define bespoke classifiers
  • Explore our data sources to identify insightful and innovative applications and stories that inspire customers and partners
  • Evaluate third party analytical products and services
  • Carry out case studies for product, sales and marketing teams

About you:

  • A number of years experience in data mining, machine learning and natural language processing
  • A track record of putting theory to work to deliver production solutions
  • You love exploring new datasets and are addicted to understanding what is driving the phenomena
  • Strong hacking skills: unflinching and adept in the face of data wrangling challenges
  • At home with big, unstructured data
  • Good knowledge of visualisation techniques and tools
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to consult with product, sales and marketing teams to understand a problem from any domain then formulate a strategy and deliver a solution
  • More than comfortable working in a fast paced environment, within a team and to project objectives and deadlines
  • CS, science or maths degree or similar. PhD a plus
  • Python, R, SQL, Hadoop.

DataSift is located on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus of the University of Reading. We are a short walk from Earley train station and there are also regular buses running to the campus from Reading Central. We have quarterly hackathons, weekly games nights, daily catered lunches, Nerf guns, ping-pong and scooters in the office! These are all great perks that make our time at DataSift even better. Ready to make a difference in the world of social data? If you have the above qualifications, we want to talk to you.