Job description


Data Scientist

  • Join us to help solve the biggest challenges facing our integrated Iron Ore value chain and apply your creativity to our huge mine datasets
  • Combine your hands-on coding skills in Python and/or R; develop your technical skills to help us build elegant solutions to business opportunities; and get close to the customers from start to finish.

About Our Team

Finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs.

Rio Tinto has a long history of being a leader in innovation and the development and deployment of technology within the mining industry. Innovation will continue to play a critical role in improving health and safety outcomes, delivering new mines of the future, and decarbonising the industry.

We have a dedicated Knowledge, Innovation & Technology (KIT) division to accelerate our Research and Development programme within Rio Tinto Iron Ore. The KIT team is responsible for managing the Iron Ore Research and Development (R&D) portfolio and ensuring alignment with our R&D roadmap and strategic objectives. We are highly collaborative and work in close partnership with Rio Tinto’s global R&D community, and external bodies such as research institutes, suppliers, and industry partners. We are expanding our data science and advanced analytics capabilities and have a key role to play in enabling digital transformation across our business.

As a team, we are courageous in the pursuit of innovation, curious in the development of emerging technologies and caring towards our people and partners.

About The Role

We are seeking a Data Scientist to join us as part of the Advanced Analytics team within the Knowledge, Innovation & Technology (KIT) division of Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

Initially supporting our Integrated Operation team’s transformation journey to reshape how RTIO plans, schedules and operates our integrated value chain, you will get to work on real world, challenging and exciting analytics problems which positively impact the business. These roles are an excellent opportunity to gain substantial experience working with our data systems to develop state-of-the-art data solutions for our business’s data problems.

As our R&D portfolio grows, the opportunity to contribute to broader business programmes, in the areas of health and safety, productivity and growth, as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, is huge. The KIT portfolio touches all parts of our Iron Ore business, from resource development through to closure, including large-scale integrated operations across mines, rail, ports, and customers.

Reporting to the Senior Data Scientist and working in an exciting and challenging environment within the RTIO Digital Transformation team, you will also be instrumental in helping us maintain our strong team culture and implement and refine our new ways of working. You will have opportunities to mentor and guide early career professionals, enabling them to continue their technical development within heavy industry.

What You’ll Bring

Ideally, a graduate qualification in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Computer science, Artificial Intelligence (eg. Machine Learning), or a related field, combined with experience as a data scientist in Artificial Intelligence such as Machine Learning projects/products, preferably using agile methodologies with solid coding skills in Python, R or Scala. Post graduate qualifications will be highly regarded. You should also have experience with some or all of the below.

  • Providing expertise on statistical, mathematical, and Artificial Intelligence concepts (ie. Machine Learning).
  • Conducting research, design, implementation and validation of cutting-edge algorithms and predictive statistical models, including but not limited to time series data analysis, Natural Language Processing, etc., to deliver insights from diverse data sources.
  • The implementation of data science projects and products, including familiarity with machine learning libraries and frameworks (e.g. Scikit Learn, H2O, TensorFlow, PyTorch, tidyverse).
  • Experience in engaging with clients and key stakeholders to build their understanding of advanced data analytics, and support of non-technical functions by advising technical complexity of identified opportunities.
  • Hands-on experience with analytics and cloud technologies within AWS or Microsoft Azure, with experiences in tools such as Sage maker, Azure Machine Learning, ML Ops, Databricks or Synapse.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to diagnose and logically resolve technical problems.

Where you will be working

This role is based in Perth, Western Australia, out of our Central Park office, working Monday – Friday, with ad hoc travel to sites in the Pilbara. We support and encourage flexible working arrangements.

What We Offer

Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority;
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto;
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program;
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family;
  • Attractive share ownership plan;
  • Company provided insurance cover;
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options;
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions;
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support;
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave);
  • Exclusive employee discounts (banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more);
  • Possible domestic relocation assistance.

This role is for applicants residing in or willing to permanently relocate to Western Australia.

Applications close on 7th February 2023 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with

a first step, and someone willing to take it explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.

Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

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