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Principal Data Scientist / Media / Deep Learning

Washington, District Of Columbia

Open to Remote

Full Time

$190k - $230k

Job Description: 

Our client is a leading American newspaper renowned for its journalistic excellence and commitment to delivering high-quality, impactful news to its readers. As part of their ongoing mission to innovate and provide cutting-edge insights, they are seeking a highly skilled Principal Data Scientist to join their dynamic AI strategies team.

 As a Principal Data Scientist, you will play a pivotal role in leveraging data-driven approaches to enhance the understanding of reader behavior, optimizing content delivery strategies, and driving innovative product development initiatives. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including editorial, product, engineering, and business intelligence to deliver actionable insights and solutions that drive business outcomes and reader engagement.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead and execute end-to-end data science projects, from problem formulation and data exploration to model development, evaluation, and deployment.
  • Apply advanced machine learning techniques to analyze large-scale datasets and extract actionable insights that inform editorial decisions, audience engagement strategies, and product enhancements.
  • Develop and deploy predictive models to optimize content recommendations, personalize user experiences, and improve reader retention.
  • Drive innovation by researching and implementing state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies in machine learning, natural language processing, and data mining.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to integrate machine learning models into production systems and optimize performance at scale.
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance to junior data scientists, fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation.
Required Skills and Experience:
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in computer science, statistics, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Extensive experience (7+ years) in applied machine learning and data science, with a proven track record of delivering impactful solutions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in Python programming and experience with data science libraries such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, scikit-learn, and pandas.
  • Strong expertise in designing and implementing machine learning algorithms, including deep learning, reinforcement learning, and ensemble methods.
  • Hands-on experience with cloud platforms such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), including familiarity with services like S3, EC2, SageMaker, and Redshift.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, including the ability to mentor junior team members and drive cross-functional collaboration.

The Offer:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

If you're passionate about leveraging data science to drive meaningful insights and innovation in the media industry, we'd love to hear from you. Join us in our mission to empower informed decision-making and enrich the reader experience.

**Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis now and in the future.**


Posted by: Lindsay Troyer