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Software Engineer - Data Science

Engineering | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Software Engineer - Data Science

ListenFirst Media

ListenFirst Media is looking for strong analytical minds to work on challenging data science problems.  Data science does not exist in a vacuum, it depends on a full understanding of available data and the ability to efficiently access that data.  This is even more true in a startup atmosphere.  The ideal candidate has arrived at data science via a software/data engineering path, has strong computer science fundamentals and has a solid grasp of scientific/experimental methodologies.

ListenFirst is a social media analytics startup founded in 2012. Software engineers at ListenFirst have the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts play a critical role in the success of a small but growing company. Come join a team filled with incredibly talented individuals who are focused on a singular goal: building the stickiest analytics that marketing executives in Fortune 500 companies are dependent upon.

Required Data Science Skills:

  • ability to analyze, troubleshoot and design experiments to quickly validate ideas
  • understanding of statistics
  • solid grasp of data modeling
  • experience with linear and non-linear modeling methods
  • experience working on large data sets

Required CS Skills:

  • strong computer science fundamentals

  • provable programming prowess, preferably in Ruby

  • strong understanding of DBMS and SQL

  • passion for writing tight, non-complex code

  • strong experience with Linux

  • experience with a sizable source code base and version control systems (git preferred)

  • software engineering practices

Desirable Skills:

  • cloud experience, preferably AWS

Education Level:

  • baccalaureate, masters or doctorate degree preferably in computer science or other analytic subject area.


Candidates will come up to speed by working closely with the client services team to understand the type of analyses used in the industries that we service.  They will also work closely with the engineering team to grok our data and how it is stored.  There is an operational aspect to data science and this understanding will help the candidate ultimately become more self-sufficient.  Going forward, the candidate will apply data science principles with the objective of innovating LFM's data products.

This position is in the engineering team and will require working closely with the Product team and the VP of Engineering.  Exceptional communication skills and a team-first attitude are a must. This is a great opportunity to work on challenging and incredibly market-relevant problems as the social media analytics industry is taking off! Candidates should be open minded and eager to learn.

This position is open in New York City, NY. Candidates must have authorization to work in the U.S. Interested applicants, please submit cover letter and resume or CV.