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Position Title: Data Scientist

Department: Baseball Research & Development

Employment Type: Full – Time

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Our mission is to win the World Series while creating a compelling fan experience. Our teammates are at the core of what we believe in to achieve our mission:  People, Collaboration, Learning, and Excellence (PeopleCLE). We look to hire individuals who are committed to our purpose of uniting and inspiring our city through the power of team. If you believe you possess these important traits, please consider a career with the Cleveland Indians. Please visit www.indians.com/jobs for more information and to apply online.

*All applicants are encouraged to apply online through the Indians website for consideration. Please click here to apply directly.

Primary Purpose

The Cleveland Indians are seeking a data scientist to join the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The data scientist will use their machine learning expertise and the Indians proprietary data to develop statistical and machine learning models that support baseball operations decisions across all facets of the organization. This position will work closely with other members of the R&D department as well as key stakeholders across the organization to design and build cutting edge models and tools that help the Indians stay ahead of the competition. The ideal candidate will possess experience working with large data sets and advanced machine-learning models. Strong applicants will demonstrate curiosity, creativity, and the ability to learn new concepts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research, design, test, and deploy machine learning models to support all aspects of Baseball Operations
  • Work with high-dimensional spatio-temporal data and other large data sets
  • Share technical expertise with other members of department; communicate findings to Baseball Operations staff
  • Maintain an understanding of emerging data science tools and research, as well as potential new data sources and technology options

Role Requirements and Preferences

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Advanced degree and/or demonstrated work experience in a quantitative field (i.e. computer science, statistics, engineering, mathematics)
  • Experience with a variety of modeling and statistical techniques, such as neural nets, deep learning, support vector machines, gradient boosting, adversarial learning, and computer vision
  • Expertise with statistical programming languages (e.g. R, Python)
  • Proficiency in a database language (e.g. SQL)

Preferred Experience

  • Experience with one or more ML libraries such as Tensorflow, Keras, scikit-learn, Theano, Spark MLib, H2O
  • Experience creating data visualizations with tools such as ggplot, d3.js, Matplotlib and/or Tableau
  • Experience working with baseball data
  • Experience with computer vision, particularly image segmentation, object detection, and tracking algorithms

Standard Requirements

  • Reads, speaks, comprehends and communicates English effectively in all communications.
  • Represents the Cleveland Indians in a positive fashion to all business partners and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful working relationship with members of the Front Office.
  • Ability to act according to the organizational values and service excellence at all times.
  • Ability to work with multicultural populations and have a commitment to fairness and equality.
  • Ability to walk, sit or stand for an entire shift.
  • Ability to work extended days and hours, including holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas and levels of the Ballpark.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and changing environment.
  • Occasional physical activity such as lifting and carrying boxes up to 25lbs.

Position Title: Sports Science Analyst

Department: Baseball Research & Development

Employment Type: Full – Time

FLSA Classification: Exempt

*All applicants are encouraged to apply online through the Indians website for consideration. Please click here to apply directly.

Primary Purpose

The Cleveland Indians are seeking an analyst to join the team’s Baseball Research and Development group with a focus on answering questions specific to sports science. The position will use data and statistics to provide research and analysis to support the Indians’ player development, medical, S&C, and sports science staff in helping Indians players perform at optimal levels. This individual will work closely with other analysts in the R&D department as well as sports science, player development, medical, strength & conditioning, and other staff members across the organization. The ideal candidate will possess a strong foundation in statistics and/or data science, the ability to effectively communicate findings to colleagues in non-technical roles, and a passion for learning more about baseball. Strong applicants will demonstrate curiosity, creativity, and the ability to learn new concepts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze and interpret baseball data with a focus on sports science
  • Research, build, test, and deploy statistical models to support Baseball Operations
  • Design and implement research studies to improve organizational knowledge in sports science
  • Visualize data in concise, readable formats for non-technical staff members
  • Communicate research findings to key stakeholders across the organization
  • Work with sports science, strength & conditioning, and medical departments to capture player performance data
  • Evaluate and recommend new data sources and technologies

Role Requirements and Preferences

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated work experience in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, operations research, economics, or data science
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems in a data-driven way
  • Creativity to brainstorm new avenues of research
  • Demonstrated passion for baseball analytics and/or sports science.
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical programming language (e.g. R, Python)
  • Proficiency in a database language (e.g. SQL)
  • Ability to communicate research findings and other technical concepts to non-technical audiences

Preferred Experience

  • Working knowledge of advanced baseball statistics and publicly available research
  • Advanced degree in a quantitative field
  • Experience working with baseball data
  • Experience with data visualization
  • Experience with experimental design and/or causal inference

Standard Requirements

  • Reads, speaks, comprehends and communicates English effectively in all communications.
  • Represents the Cleveland Indians in a positive fashion to all business partners and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful working relationship with members of the Front Office.
  • Ability to act according to the organizational values and service excellence at all times.
  • Ability to work with multicultural populations and have a commitment to fairness and equality.
  • Ability to walk, sit or stand for an entire shift.
  • Ability to work extended days and hours, including holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas and levels of the Ballpark.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and changing environment.
  • Occasional physical activity such as lifting and carrying boxes up to 25lbs.

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