USC: Data Scientist

Looking for a data scientist to join our team and create analytical solutions for business problems in fundraising. This position is responsible for generating solutions for existing problems and studying the business to ask (and answer) questions nobody has asked before.

Organization: USC
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Position: Data Scientist

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Data Science (80%):

  • Extract data from various data sources using SQL
  • Build systems, tools and workbenches for repeatable, reusable and reproducible analyses
  • Create and launch data products that improve business outcomes
  • Use machine learning to generate leads, upgrade donors, and enhance user experience
  • Apply natural language processing and information retrieval techniques for knowledge generation
  • Create solutions to capture new sources of information on prospects
  • Create interactive applications and visualizations
  • Discover insights with data analysis and visualization
  • Collaborate and brainstorm on problems with advanced users and experts

Ideation (10%):

  • Generate ideas to help solve business problems
  • Identify opportunities to apply analytical solutions
  • Create rapid prototypes/wireframes of applications, systems, and visualizations
  • Stay on top of the latest techniques and innovations in the data science world

Outreach and Other (10%):

  • Establish USC as a leader in this space
  • Promote data-driven culture
  • Conduct other duties as assigned

Who you are

  • You demonstrate balanced skepticism and immense curiosity
  • You have strong critical thinking and project management skills
  • You have a passion to learn and create new things

What you will bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering or any other quantitative majors
  • Work experience in this field: 2 or more years
  • Breadth and depth in machine learning: feature extraction and selection, association rules, collaborative filtering, clustering, and classification/regression techniques
  • Programming skills in R, Python, SQL, and R frameworks/libraries
  • Web application development fundamentals: JavaScript, CSS, HTML, APIs
  • Database management skills using SQL Server, Oracle or cloud databases
  • Data visualization skills: from Excel to Tableau; from ggplot to D3
  • Business understanding that your success is defined by the action your user takes
  • Experience with collaborative tools such as Github, SVN.


  • Advanced degree in a STEM field
  • Knowledge of Salesforce development
  • Understanding of principles of effective UI/UX

If you are interested in applying for this position, click Contact link above to submit cover letter and resume.