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Data Scientist

Georgia Policy Labs
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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The Georgia Policy Labs (GPL) is a collaboration between Georgia State University and a variety of government agencies to promote evidence-based policy development and implementation. Housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, GPL works to create an environment where policymakers have the information and tools available to improve the effectiveness of existing government policies and programs, try out new ideas for addressing pressing issues, and decide what new initiatives are promising enough to scale up. The ultimate goal is to help government entities more effectively use scarce resources and make a positive difference in people’s lives. GPL comprises three labs: The Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education works to improve K-12 educational outcomes in metro Atlanta; the Career and Technical Education Exchange focuses on high-school-based career and technical education in multiple U.S. states; and the Child and Family Policy Lab works with state agencies to improve outcomes for children and families. In addition to conducting evidence-based policy research, GPL will serve as a teaching and learning resource for state officials and policymakers, students, and other constituents.


The Georgia Policy Labs seeks a curious and conscientious Data Scientist. This position will help our team of researchers and government partners discover and understand the data we hold related to education, safety, and economic well-being. This position will contribute to the data management, processing, and analysis of many micro-level data sets. In addition, this position will contribute to the development of our team’s analytical toolkit, especially as it relates to coding, building algorithms, and machine learning.


This position is designed for someone who enjoys a fast-paced, team environment and who wants to be an active and contributing member in a young, mission-led organization. Experience working on projects relevant to policy research will be beneficial. This position will work both independently and as a team member with confidential data sets. Training opportunities will be encouraged and supported for this position; travel commitments are limited.  The scope of responsibility will include these specific duties but is not limited to the following,

  • Clean, identify, organize, manipulate, and link large, micro-level administrative data sets to ensure accuracy, completeness, uniformity, and readiness for research purposes
  • Develop machine learning models and assess and correct for bias in those model
  • Apply informatics principles—including mining and visualization of large datasets—to inform government partners and researchers about trends, patterns, and relationships in the data
  • Write clean, accessible code to advance research efforts by applying models and algorithms
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested

Disclaimer: This job requisition provides a high-level job definition. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties. As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employee’s direct supervisor.

College/Business Unit: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies 

Department: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia Policy Labs 

Location: Atlanta Campus 

Shift: 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM | Monday - Friday 

Salary: $57,000 - $85,000 

Pay Grade: 20 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Job Type: Full Time (Benefits Eligible) 

Job Posting: 06/12/19, 1:49:27 PM 

Closing Date: 07/19/19, 11:59:00 PM

Special Instructions: 

An application, cover letter, resume, two samples of work products, and a list of three references are required for consideration. This will be a rolling application until the position is filled with resumes first reviewed on April 17, 2019.


Please note, Georgia State University’s career board updates daily and requisitions are subject to be removed without prior notice or before the posting expires. 


Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.




Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

Preferred Hiring Qualifications:

  • An ideal candidate must demonstrate an interest in data driven policy and be excited by using administrative data to improve the outcomes of children and families.
  • Experience working with governmental administrative data, public policy, or economic issues is highly preferred.
  • Master’s degrees in data science, economics, or statistics are preferred. An ideal candidate should have mastery of programming languages, which may include Python, R, SAS, STATA, and GIS.
  • In addition, ability to work in SQL is helpful, as is experience with data visualization. The candidate must be able to clearly communicate, in person and on paper, complex concepts, models, and code to lay audiences.


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Posted: 2019-06-25 Expires: 2019-07-25

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