Sr. Data Scientist for Fintech

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SparkCognition catalyzes sustainable growth for their clients throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence (AI) systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of AI thought leaders. Clients are trusted with advancing lives, infrastructure, sustainability, and financial systems across the globe. They partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry's most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With leading-edge artificial intelligence products-Darwin®, DeepArmor®, SparkPredict®, and DeepNLP TM -SparkCognition's clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies.
This position is within AIM2, a subsidiary of SparkCognition. AIM2 is a fast-growing fintech applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to fixed-income market-making. The firm currently has employees in New York, London, and Austin, TX.
This position requires a background in deep learning, reinforcement learning, and generative processes or similar. The desired candidate should have a quantitative background, experience working with time series, and strong coding skills. Prior experience in the finance industry is good but not a requisite.
Responsibilities
The candidate will help drive and enhance AIM2's data-driven investment initiatives, improve upon the existing deep reinforcement algorithm, provide innovative ways to upgrade the process, and generate alternative solutions. The role is central and is built around collaboration with quants who have extensive domain knowledge, various technology teams in AIM2 and SparkCognition, and business units that collate feedback from our clients. The company is highly data-driven, and analyses are peer-reviewed with a strong culture of collaboration and openness.
Requirements
  • Strong understanding of Data Science, including machine learning, statistics, probability, and modeling.
  • Significant experience with Data Science programming languages, such as Python, R, Matlab
  • Significant experience with machine learning frameworks, such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, Theano, and Keras.
  • Applied knowledge of ML techniques/algorithms including linear models, neural networks, decision trees, Bayesian techniques, clustering, reinforcement learning, and anomaly detection
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with team members
  • Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related scientific discipline

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate degree (or 5-8 years of equivalent experience) in one of the fields above
  • Prior experience in Quantitative Finance (buy or sell-side)
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Location

Our office is located near the Domain and the Arboretum in Northwest Austin. Plenty of restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, and grocery stores nearby.

What are SparkCognition Perks + Benefits

SparkCognition Benefits Overview

SparkCognition offers a combination of benefits + perks that align with our brand and culture. This includes: competitive medical benefits, HSA contribution, employer paid STD & Life Insurance, 401k match, 4+ weeks of PTO, and parental leave. In addition we strive for our team to be active in our communities and to focus on leading supportive and healthy lifestyles. As we are in a high-growth stage, we offer support and encouragement for employees' career development, including mentorship opportunities, online course subscriptions, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
SparkCognition participates in local volunteer activities, most notably with Austin Sunshine Camps.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
SparkCognition has a cross-departmental Culture Committee that ensures the company represents our values and mission. They plan events, launch initiatives, and represent the employees of the company.
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
SparkCognition offers group-term life insurance with a potential payout of 2X an employee's annual salary for the duration of employment.
Wellness Programs
SparkCognition's current health and wellness program provides a Lifetime gym stipend to all employees of SparkCognition.
Mental Health Benefits
SparkCognition offers a unique service called First Stop Health. This is a company that puts mental health resources front and center for our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
SparkCognition's 401(k) retirement plan matches 50% of an employee's contribution up to 6% of their annual base salary, with a 3-year vesting schedule for matched contributions.
Company Equity
SparkCognition offers stock options for all employees as a part of the incentive package, including vesting over a four-year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer up to 10 weeks of parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
SparkCognition offers flexible schedules, allowing each employee to work with their team to determine hours.
Remote Work Program
Our post-pandemic return to office policy will allow employees and their managers to work together and determine if their role will be fully remote, a hybrid work model, or fully in-office.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
No matter what time of the year a new employee joins, we believe strongly in rest & relaxation and encourage employees to utilize flexible PTO.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Catered Friday lunches and Taco Tuesdays!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

At SparkCognition, we're been focused on adding and improving perks and benefits. Some of these include offering prorated PTO throughout the year, 401k matching, a cell phone subsidy for all employees, parental leave (up to 10 weeks), and a choice between Mac or PC work laptops. Additionally as we look to return to the office, we are offering all employees a hybrid or fully remote work model, and we are actively hiring remote employees nationwide.

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