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Orbital Insight

Analyzes aerial imagery to find actionable information.

Data Scientist
Washington, DC, US
Palo Alto, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Our mission is to understand what we’re doing on, and to, Earth. We do this through our cloud-based SaaS platform, Orbital Insight GO, pulling in multiple sources of raw data from the world’s sensors – including millions of daily satellite images and connected device pings – combined with proprietary AI to analyze economic, social, and environmental trends at scale. By making the Earth “searchable” our customers have been able to illuminate supply chains, track global commodities, monitor illegal deforestation, and further national security. We are building the best data science team in the world to innovate, implement, deploy, and support these capabilities.
We are data detectives and our job is difficult because although we have Big Data, we exist in a persistent state of spatio-temporal data starvation. The work is fast-paced, highly iterative, and continuously trading off between what works and what’s best. Along with our team of data scientists, you’ll work with product managers, sales, and software engineers to build data-driven products and solutions. If you enjoy working with data to build products and solve hard problems in creative ways, you will fit right in



Additional Information

Orbital Insight is a fast growing provider of geospatial data and geo­-analytic services to commercial, nonprofit and public sector clients across the globe. Leveraging advancements in computer vision and cloud computing, Orbital Insight is turning millions of images into a big picture understanding of the world that is quantitatively grounded in observation, creating unprecedented transparency, and empowering global decision makers with new sources of objective, quantified socio­-economic insights.
We are backed by marquee investors such as Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, In­-Q­- Tel and Bloomberg Beta, Orbital Insight is rapidly expanding its commercial and public sector capabilities. Come join us if you are unafraid to try new approaches and relentlessly seek to push the state of the art, taking projects all the way from prototype to production-ready.
  • Research and develop algorithms to model real-world systems and behavior based on actual observations
  • Conceive of, and implement, experiments to test hypotheses regarding (statistical) behavior of data and algorithms
  • Translate product management, engineering, and business constraints/queries into tractable data science questions
  • Work cross-functionally with software engineers to integrate data science models into production pipelines
  • Help develop, improve, and evangelize our data science knowledge base and infrastructure
  • Iterate rapidly on everything; all of the above happens in a relatively fast paced business driven environment, and you must be comfortable with that
  • US Citizen required (clearance eligible)
  • Masters degree in a STEM field (e.g., statistics, machine learning, computer science, physics, engineering)
  • 2-3 years experience building models on real world data and deploying them in a production environment
  • An ability to communicate complex data science concepts and results in a readily-understood manner
  • Two years of demonstrable experience working with large and noisy datasets, and particular experience with datasets that have nevertheless have sparsity in some dimension (e.g., spatially, temporally) would be a big plus
  • Demonstrable experience implementing efficient data science models and deploying them in a production environment
  • Excellent coding skills (python with a solid familiarity with NumPy, SciPy, pandas strongly preferred)
  • Experience with git, GitHub, SQL, AWS (S3 and EC2), Docker, and Unix/Linux a big plus