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Data Scientist

Community: Technology
Location: Brno, Czechia
Date Posted: Jul 28, 2021
Remote: No
Travel Requirements: Occasional

Job Description


Data Scientist

Brno, Czech Republic



The Opportunity:

We’re looking for a Data Scientist to help us push the boundaries of what education can offer through the power of technology. Education is our passion, and our team members bring that to work each day as they aim to advance learning in every region of the world. Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company, providing dynamic products and services to the global education community. We’re focused on driving innovation in EdTech and working with our clients to create a smarter learning environment.   


At Blackboard, we believe in the power of a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. As we expand globally, we are committed to making diversity, inclusion, and belonging a foundational part of not only our hiring practices, but who we are as a company.

For more information about Blackboard Inc. and our career opportunities, please visit 



We are building up a new group within Blackboard focused on enterprise data services. This team’s mission is to bring data together from across Blackboard’s extensive product lines into our cloud-based data lake. We are the analytics and data experts at Blackboard. Our team enables other development teams to utilize the data lake strategically and effectively for a variety of Blackboard products. We deliver products and services for analytics, data science, business intelligence, and reporting. 



As a Data Scientist, Data Services, you will use your strong foundation in  research and devise innovative statistical models for data analysis, identifying and integrating new datasets that can be leveraged through our product capabilities and work closely with the engineering team to strategize and execute the development of data products, identify relevant data sources and sets to mine for client business needs, and collect large structured and unstructured datasets and variables, analyze data for trends and patterns, and Interpret data with a clear objective in mind as well as your strong problem-solving skills, analytical thinking skills, and written and oral communication skills to succeed in this role. 



Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Learning quickly and developing creative solutions that encompass performance, reliability, maintainability, and security 
  • Applying hands-on technical design and implementation solutions using Python, SQL and other components to support Blackboard products that utilize an expansive data lake
  • Transforming advanced data science algorithms and statistical methods into prototype implementations   
  • Working with the development manager, product manager, and engineering team on projects related to system research, product design, product development, and defect resolution 
  • Being willing to respond to the unique challenges of delivering and maintaining cloud-based software
  • Working with other engineering personnel to ensure consistency among products 
  • Thriving in the face of difficult and complex problems 


The Candidate:

Required skills/qualifications:

  • 4+ years industry experience in applying Computer Science, Computer Engineering principles
  • Quantitative degree such as Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Background in mathematics, statistics, and probability theory
  • Experience with Machine Learning (classification, big data processing, clustering, predictive modeling)
  • Proficiency in producing software implementations based on research literature and complex mathematical descriptions
  • Expert knowledge of a scripting language (preferably Python)
  • Passion for implementing coding best practices across a team
  • Deep appreciation for diversity of thought and a proponent for collaborative solutions
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts and solutions at a level appropriate for technical and non-technical audiences



Preferred skills/qualifications:

  • Experience with big data: extraction, processing, filtering, and presenting large data quantities via AWS technologies, SQL, Python and data pipelines
  • Advanced pattern recognition and predictive modeling experience
  • Proficiency with data mining, mathematics, and statistical analysis
  • Experience with implementation of neural networks using ML libraries (TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc.)
  • Previous experience in the education industry and with e-learning technologies
  • Experience with Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
  • Proficiency in the development, validation, implementation, and production launch of statistical algorithms and models



To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, Blackboard positions are currently remote (where possible).



The Office:

Blackboard has an office in the beautiful and vibrant city of Brno. 

  • Great office location in city center near Luzanky 
  • Accessible by public transportation as well as bike, with bike stands and showers in the office 
  • Cozy personal office spaces where you can shut your door to really focus or leave it open to interact with others 
  • Great benefits including health & life insurance and English lessons 
  • Countless walkable places to eat


This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities at any time.  



Blackboard is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, protected military/veteran status, or any other legally protected factor. 

Req ID: 170


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