Air Liquide: Research Scientist

Develop data mining methods and tools that can be used for improving efficiency, reliability, and overall business effectiveness.

Air Liquide Company: Air Liquide
Location: Newark, DE

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health.

Mission: Working in close collaboration with end-users in Air Liquide's Operations, develop data mining methods and tools that can be used for improving efficiency, reliability, and overall business effectiveness.


Drive innovation in research projects focused on the development of descriptive and predictive analytical methodologies and tools using historical and real-time process and business data:
  • Collaborate with operating entities to define the problem and business requirements, translate it into functional design specifications and develop solutions. Identify, evaluate and select industrial or academic partners as needed.
  • Develop solutions using methods including but not limited to clustering, regression, time series analysis, and decision trees to analyze historical data from global operations.
  • Program, implement, test and verify performance of these methodologies by prototype tools using Matlab, Javascript, Python, R, SAS or similar development environments.
  • Define industrial tools based upon the performance verification, ensure transfer of the tool to the operational entities and provide support to the industrialization phase
  • Train team members on details of methodologies implemented, thus ensuring sustainability of the solution for Air Liquide.
  • Challenge data mining and statistical analysis methods currently used at Air Liquide, namely by performing benchmarks with off-the-shelf tools to ensure best-in-class performance of Air Liquide
  • Apply data mining and analytics expertise to Air Liquide business development.

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary and international team including internal and external partners.
  • Maintain international cooperation with R&D counterparts globally.
  • Contribute by writing technical research papers and patents to capture know-how and promote Air Liquide research. Establish reputation for quality and timeliness of technical communications.
  • Transfer "know-how". Manage technical communication between R&D, outside partners and Air Liquide partners. Manage technology transfer to R&D, partners and other Air Liquide entities.

Candidates should have a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Marketing Analytics, Operations Research or a related field; three to five years of industrial experience is preferred. A strong background in applied mathematics is required, including knowledge and experience in statistics, machine learning, and advanced regression techniques. Experience with Excel/VBA, Matlab, and/or statistical analysis tools such as R or SAS is required. Strong programming skills in C++, Python, Javascript or similar language are required, and experience in database modeling and a working knowledge of SQL is preferred.

The candidate should be able to guide internal customers to define their need, translate it into functional design specifications, and develop a solution in cooperation with our industrial IT group. The candidate should be a self-starter able to work independently, be adaptable to changing conditions and priorities, and handle multiple tasks. Excellent communication skills with a strong team attitude are also highly desirable.

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