Principal Data Scientist

Job description



As a Data Scientist at IBM, you will help transform our clients’ data into tangible business value by analyzing information, communicating outcomes and collaborating on product development. Work with Best in Class open source and visual tools, along with the most flexible and scalable deployment options. Whether it’s investigating patient trends or weather patterns, you will work to solve real world problems for the industries transforming how we live.

Your Role and Responsibilities

  • Spearhead the design, development, and deployment of ML and NLP models, ensuring they align with product objectives and goals.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, particularly product managers and engineers, to integrate models into product offerings and optimize their performance post-deployment.
  • Translate complex datasets into actionable insights, using advanced statistical methodologies to improve product features and drive user engagement.
  • Provide expertise in data exploration, feature engineering, and model validation, ensuring the highest standards of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Utilize cloud platforms and tooling to facilitate seamless data integration, model training, and analysis at scale.
  • Mentor and guide junior data scientists and analysts, establishing best practices and promoting continuous learning within the team.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics, or related field.
  • 7+ years of hands-on experience in ML and NLP model development, deployment, and post-deployment optimization.
  • Demonstrable proficiency in key statistical methods and their practical application to real-world product challenges.
  • Proficient in Python and its associated data science libraries (e.g., TensorFlow, PyTorch, Scikit-learn, NLTK, spaCy).
  • Experience with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, GCP, Azure) and their data analysis tools (e.g., BigQuery, Redshift, Data Lake).
  • Proven ability to work in tandem with product teams, translating data insights into actionable product enhancements.

Preferred Technical And Professional Expertise

  • Ph.D. in a related field.
  • 10+ years of applied data science experience, with a significant focus on product-centric roles.
  • Comprehensive understanding of cloud tooling and architectures specifically tailored for data analysis and ML workloads.
  • Hands-on experience with deploying ML and NLP models at scale, ensuring their robustness and efficiency in a product environment.
  • Familiarity with CI/CD practices, especially as they pertain to the deployment and updating of ML models.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to convey complex data-driven insights to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, with prior experience in mentoring or leading data science teams.
  • Proactive in staying updated with the latest advancements in ML, NLP, and cloud technologies, ensuring their effective adoption within the team and products.

About Business Unit

IBM Software infuses core business operations with intelligence—from machine learning to generative AI—to help make organizations more responsive, productive, and resilient. IBM Software helps clients put AI into action now to create real value with trust, speed, and confidence across digital labor, IT automation, application modernization, security, and sustainability. Critical to this is the ability to make use of all data, because AI is only as good as the data that fuels it. In most organizations data is spread across multiple clouds, on premises, in private datacenters, and at the edge. IBM’s AI and data platform scales and accelerates the impact of AI with trusted data, and provides leading capabilities to train, tune and deploy AI across business. IBM’s hybrid cloud platform is one of the most comprehensive and consistent approach to development, security, and operations across hybrid environments—a flexible foundation for leveraging data, wherever it resides, to extend AI deep into a business.

This job requires you to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated prior to your start date and proof of vaccination status will be required before your start date. During the Onboarding process you will be asked to confirm your vaccination status, in case you are unable to get vaccinated for any reason, you can let us know at that stage. Please let us know if you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons. IBM will consider such requests on a case by case basis subject to submission of required proof by the candidate before a stipulated date.

Your Life @ IBM

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Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

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About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business. At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

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