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MIT Job Description – Data Scientist

Position Overview:

Career navigation is a perennial challenge for workers and their employers.  We are developing a novel approach to understanding pathways to high quality occupations in advanced manufacturing and other areas.  The approach involves examining millions of data points to model career development paths between thousands of occupations.

This role is not an opportunity to learn large-scale data analytics techniques.  It’s an opportunity to use your solid data analytic skills to answer important questions related to upskilling and talent development.  The answers you develop can help non-degreed people move into secure high paying careers, while helping companies and the nation develop the strategic manufacturing skills they need.

This position will begin on December 1, 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible.  The position will end on October 31, 2024. An extension is possible based on performance and the existence of funding.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Prepare and analyze large datasets
  • Contribute to writing research reports, participate in team discussion, and possibly participate in research interviews
  • Perform qualitative analysis, such as understanding and comparing job descriptions
  • Utilize data analytic skills to answer important questions related to upskilling and talent development
  • Contribute to other MIT projects as appropriate

Supervision Received:

Reports to George Westerman, Principal Research Scientist

Supervision Exercised:

May supervise student researchers

Qualifications & Skills:


  • Master’s Degree plus 2 years of experience
  • Experience conducting rigorous analytics on large datasets using R or Python required
  • Excellent facility with R or Python
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English
  • Skill and confidence in analyzing large datasets


  • PhD preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of labor economics or HR management useful

The annual salary for this position will be between $75,000 and $90,000.  The final salary will be determined by MIT’s compensation team based on the skills and experience of the selected candidate.

Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check.



MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.