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Statistician/Data Scientist

Application Procedure:

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references and use your cover letter to address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications. An online University of Kansas application must be completed to be considered for this position.

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Job Duties

Data Analysis & Visualization (60%)
  • Serves as a senior-level individual contributor, providing advanced analytical services.
  • Builds and validates effective statistical and machine-learning models to provide descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis.
  • Develops new interactive visualizations to provide insights to leaders through expert mathematical, analytical, and computational techniques.
  • Translates analysis into compelling, data-informed stories that educate and empower the campus community.
  • Creates visualizations, dashboards, presentations, and handouts to present conclusions and results in an intuitive format.
Data Design & Quality Assurance (20%)
  • Evaluates sources of information in order to determine limitations in terms of reliability or usability; evaluates the statistical methods used to obtain data in order to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy.
  • Tests and verifies that modeled data meets quality standards.
  • Coordinates with data architects, developers, and analysts to ensure integration of functionality and toolsets.
  • Identifies approaches to improve accuracy and effectiveness of existing analytical models.
  • Collaborates with experts across campus to get an understanding of underlying business processes, strategies, circumstances, and execution to identify business questions and analytical needs.
Data Leadership & Outreach (15%)
  • Serves as a campus expert on machine learning and statistical techniques relevant to the higher education environment.
  • Leads project teams using agile project management methodology, working with data stewards, data analysts, ETL developers and other SMEs to select analytical methods, design experiments, perform analytics, and interpret/present results.
  • Challenges conventional approaches or uses of data, elevating campus analytical capabilities.
  • Identifies opportunities and leads initiatives to enhance our current analytical capabilities.
Other duties as assigned (5%)

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field and 5 years of experience with inferential and descriptive statistics or a Master’s degree and 3 years experience with statistics.
  2. Experience with machine learning algorithms and techniques such as decision tree, Bayesian, clustering, deep learning, etc.
  3. Three (3) years of experience utilizing programming languages such as R, SAS, Python, Java, and/or SQL.
  4. Excellent communication skills and attention-to-detail as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree or PhD in a related field.
  2. Experience with data visualization toolsets such as Tableau, Oracle BI, D3, etc.
  3. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  4. Proven ability to produce results when working independently and on a team.
  5. Ability to communicate findings to technical and non-technical audiences and leadership.
  6. Experience in a higher education environment.

Institution Description

KU is a Research 1 institution, the flagship of the Kansas system, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community, which lies close to Kansas City.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in candidates who have professional experience working with a wide constituency and are conscious of diversity and equity perspectives. Women, minorities, and candidates who will contribute to the climate of diversity in the area are especially encouraged to apply.


KU offers a comprehensive benefits package.  For more information, visit:
Application Due Date: 2020-02-23
Job Start Date: 2020-04-01
Salary: $80000 - $105000
City: Lawrence
State/Province/Region: KS
Institution: University of Kansas
Reports To: Chief Data Officer
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Analytics & Institutional Research

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