Data Scientist (entry-level)

Toronto, Remote

Full Time Entry-level / Junior
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Posted 4 weeks ago

Coursera is a leading online learning platform for higher education, where 77 million learners from around the world come to learn skills of the future. More than 200 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, certificates, and degree programs. Thousands of companies trust the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera for Government equips government employees and citizens with in-demand skills to build a competitive workforce. Coursera for Campus empowers any university to offer high-quality, job-relevant online education to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Coursera is backed by leading investors that include Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Learn Capital, and SEEK Group.
At Coursera, our Data Science team is helping to build the future of education through data-driven decision making and data-powered products. We drive product and business strategy through measurement, experimentation, and causal inference. We define, develop, and launch the models and algorithms that power content discovery, personalized learning, and machine-assisted teaching and grading. We believe the next generation of teaching and learning should be personalized, accessible, and efficient. With our scale, data, technology, and talent, Coursera and its Data Science team are positioned to make that vision a reality.
We’re looking for a talented, creative, and collaborative data scientist to support decision-making for our product and business teams -- leveraging the rich data captured as tens of millions of learners and thousands of instructors engage on the platform to deliver innovative, data-driven insights on how to create experiences that will better meet the needs and expectations of learners. Our ideal candidate has excellent analysis and statistical modeling skills, strong written and verbal communication, and an interest in expanding the reach and quality of online education.
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  • Evaluate the success of key product and business initiatives (e.g. determining whether new product listing pages better serve career switchers or measuring the success of efforts to reduce contact rate by improving the learner payment flow)
  • Estimate the potential impact of proposed projects in order to inform other teams’ prioritization decisions
  • Develop our understanding of Coursera’s products, business, and learners by analyzing learner behavior to uncover patterns and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Work closely with data engineering and operations teams to ensure that new projects and products are launched with clear instrumentation to support experimentation and measurement plans
  • Partner with other data scientists to develop measurement plans for new data product launches and to share context from different areas of the business and build a more complete and consistent understanding of what data tells us about our learners

Basic Qualifications:

  • Background in applied math, computer science, statistics, or a related technical field
  • Experience with applied statistics and data visualization skills
  • Experience with at least one scripting language (e.g. Python)
  • Experience with at least one statistical software package (e.g. R, NumPy/SciPy/Pandas)
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1+ year of experience applying statistical inference techniques to business questions
  • Excellent business intuition, cross-functional communication, and project management

  • If this opportunity interests you, you might like these courses on Coursera: Marketing Analytics, Data-Driven Decision Making

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Job tags: Engineering Marketing NumPy Pandas Python R SciPy SQL
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