Rio Tinto

Data Scientist

Job description


  • Join a growing team at the forefront of exploration technology
  • Excellent range of employee benefits and incentives
  • Brisbane or Perth based opportunity

About the role

All progress begins with Pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Data Scientist to join our Exploration Data Science Team to develop insights on where in the world we should explore and help us discover better deposits faster. Working as part of a global team in Rio Tinto Exploration (RTX), you will enable data integration, remove silos, connect workflows and conduct general data wrangling of complex datasets.

This is a great opportunity for a data scientist to work at the forefront of technology in a diverse and rapidly evolving field. We have a rich and rapidly growing repository of data to help map, prioritize and test the best minerals targets around the globe - from surface geochemistry, airborne geophysics, satellite remote sensing and drillhole spectral scanning data, to social and environmental data. This role is key to the future of our business.

Our exploration technical knowledge team within the Rio Tinto Exploration business, is responsible for transforming the way we find, evaluate and mine resources by developing
We are an open, connected global team that includes some of the industry’s best and brightest minds. We offer competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop and grow your career are broad and exciting.

Reporting to the Regional Exploration Data Science Lead [Australasia], working in an exciting and challenging environment, you will:

  • Perform exploratory analysis of data sets to develop and refine the preliminary hypothesis
  • Engineer data pipelines from source systems to predictive models
  • Develop interfaces that visualize information for business users
  • Provide expertise on statistical, mathematical, and machine learning concepts and conduct research, design, implement and validate cutting-edge algorithms and predictive statistical models
  • Help shape the Exploration data science team, while inspiring and supporting a growing community of citizen data scientists across Rio Tinto Exploration
  • Apply disciplined governance and quality assurance across projects; promote compliance with standardised processes, systems and tools
  • Provide expert technical support and direction to project stakeholders, building on and sharing the lessons learnt
  • Support training and development opportunities to ensure high quality expertise within the team
  • Engage with clients and key stakeholders to build their understanding of data analytics and address key issues
  • Disseminate results to help foster a new generation of data-driven decision makers
  • Capture and record the intellectual property generated as the result of the application of analytical approaches

What you will bring

  • Degree in Geosciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related quantitative discipline combined with experience in data science projects, preferably using agile methodologies (preferred but not required)
  • Proficient in Python and/or R for data processing, statistical analysis, modeling, machine learning and visualization and skilled in writing SQL querie
  • Experience querying databases and using statistical computer languages and packages with Python (Sci-kit Learn, numpy, pandas, Tensorflow, Keras), R, Matlab, SQL
  • Experience creating and using advanced machine learning algorithms and statistics regression, classification, simulation, scenario analysis, modeling, clustering, decision tree, neural networks, NLP, etc.
  • Experience visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders using Matplotlib, ggplot, Seaborn, Bokeh, Plotly, D3, Tableau , Shiny, Streamlit, etc.
  • Cloud experience (e.g. AWS s3, AWS Sagemaker and/or Azure)
  • Experience solving spatial and or geoscientific problems is preferred
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and empower others to achieve their best
  • Natural curiosity and passion for data science and engineering, including practical experience leveraging data science to deliver insights
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team

What we offer

  • A safety-focused and inclusive working environment
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards (STIP)
  • Access to top tier family-friendly health and medical programs
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • A comprehensive leave policy that covers all moments that matter in life (vacation/annual, paid parental leave, short term sick leave, paid holidays)
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program

Where you’ll be working
At Rio Tinto Exploration, we are investing in growth for the future – starting with the exploration for new sources of essential materials. Our talented team of explorers are constantly searching the world, seeking to create value for the business by discovering and acquiring economically, socially and environmentally sustainable resources. We have 63 programmes in eight commodities across 16 countries.

We’re focused on fast-tracking technologies, data and using analytical insights to unlock value and improve the effectiveness and efficiency at every stage of the exploration process. We’re looking for a diverse team of leaders in technology and data science experts to drive our technology strategy and create viable discovery opportunities for Rio Tinto.

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

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.

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Applications close on 24th July 2022 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)

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