Sr. Data Scientist, Digital Transformation

Sr. Data Scientist, Digital Transformation

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Sr. Data Scientist, Digital Transformation

Harvard Business School


Position Description

Be a pioneer in business, education, and global impact by joining the Harvard Business School Digital Transformation team - a “startup with assets,” where you will have the chance to deploy cutting-edge digital- and emerging-technology education solutions. Where else can you make a difference at the intersection of cutting-edge technology, world-class education, noble purpose, and timeless legacy?

As a Senior Data Scientist you will collaborate with the Data Science and Machine Learning team and will create data science, machine learning, and AI solutions to better address the needs of our constituents (students, alumni, faculty, researchers, staff, and community at large). You will have the chance to guide and continuously improve the ways in which we engage, educate, and empower people around the world, combining the best of human touch and technology scale. You will experiment with everything from the latest AI algorithms and techniques to blended and immersive environments, multi-modal and varied-form content, and the most innovative research and teaching methodologies.

In this capacity, you will translate the needs of our cross-functional stakeholders into predictive models and production-grade algorithms and platforms and will drive value creation through personalized engagement, expanded reach, and experimental new ways of learning that will continue the Harvard Business School leadership in education, business, and societal impact.

You will contribute to the creation, delivery, and production of specific data science, machine learning and AI products for internal stakeholders; directly mentor other data professionals, data analysts, and machine learning engineers. In conjunction with the key partners, you will make technical decisions on data, technology, and ways of working. You will also contribute to the global Harvard Business School Digital Transformation and overall Harvard University communities, share your knowledge, and benefit from other global colleagues’ experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop analytical models and solutions / production-ready algorithms that solve real business problems, taking into account business needs and technology/operations landscape; lead interaction with internal stakeholders and technology on specific projects and initiatives.
  • Apply data science, machine learning, and AI techniques to derive business value from the full range of internal and external data sets in a cloud environment.
  • Build data science pipelines from feature generation, data visualization and models evaluation; design the solution, build initial code and provide documentation with ways of working to maximize time to value and re-usability.
  • Translate complex data and methodology into strategic, operationally feasible insights and recommendations; automate implementation.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to technical and non-technical audiences, verbally and visually, to create understanding, engagement, and buy-in.
  • Identify trends and opportunities to drive innovation, both in what we do and how we do it; evaluate new data science, machine learning, and AI technologies and tools that can boost team performance, innovation and business value.
  • Embody the values and passions that characterize Harvard Business School, with empathy to engage with colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Promote data science, machine learning, AI, and digital and emerging technologies at Harvard Business School in relevant channels through community engagement, networking, speeches, and publications as applicable.
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of nine years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, statistics, or an equivalent technical discipline.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in developing machine learning models with a track record of creating meaningful business impact and working with multiple stakeholders.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience with Python and SQL.
  • Experience with cloud computing platforms and tools (AWS, GCP, or other).
  • Expertise in multivariate statistical modelling (e.g. clustering, regression, principal components and factor analysis, time-series forecasting, Bayesian methods) and machine learning (Random Forest, KNN, SVM, boosting and bagging, regularization etc.)
  • Proficiency with data visualization tools (D3.js, R Shiny, Looker, Streamlit, or similar).
  • Experience operationalizing end-to-end machine learning applications.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with neural networks, deep learning, and reinforcement learning, using frameworks such as TensorFlow. Experience with Natural Language Processing (NLP), Large Language Models (LLMs), and/or Recommendation Engines.

Additional Information

This role has the possibility of being a remote or hybrid position. You must reside in one of the following states: CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT or WA. There may be periodic visits to our Boston, MA based campus. In a hybrid role, you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus a determined number of days per month. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Information Technology

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

I1259P IT RC Software/Data Prof V

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Digital Transformation


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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