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Senior Data Scientist
VigLink (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Computer and Information Technology
Career Level:
Expert Level
Job Type:
Position Open


About VigLink:
At VigLink, we believe the future of marketing lies within the untapped potential of digital content covering commercial products across the Web. We empower influential publishers who produce this content to connect enthusiastic consumers with the products they love from the brands who value them the most. We accomplish this directly through publishers’ words, without need for an ad.

By identifying commercial products mentioned within a publisher’s content, VigLink automatically invigorates those terms by transforming them into hyperlinks whose destinations are determined in real-time, advertiser-bid auctions. Yes, hyperlinks, the defining feature of the Web from the very start. The literal “H” in HTML. Every time a clicked link takes a person from one destination to another, value is created. However, that value has never been fairly priced or available for purchase at scale. Until now.

Founded in 2009, VigLink is located in heart of San Francisco and backed by top investors including Google Ventures, Emergence Capital, and RRE. VigLink manages a publisher network of over 2 million sites and apps, as well as an advertiser network of over 70,000 brands and merchants.

About the Senior Data Scientist role:
VigLink is seeking a Senior Data Scientist with strong Hadoop, Hive and SQL skills, and experience creating production-quality code in Python, R, or other related languages. We are looking for folks who enjoy working on a variety of different types of analyses, ranging from ad-hoc "data wrangling" tasks through the creation of full-blown programs to calculate business-critical, customer-visible values on an ongoing basis, enjoy thinking through a data problem, understanding the customer needs associated with it, and working on your own and with other developers to create a pragmatic solution.

At VigLink we love go-getters and people who like working in an Agile, best-practices environment - who understand the importance of testable, modular, efficient code, so that's what you write.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science preferred with a strong academic record (MS/PhD or equivalent a plus).
  • At least 3 years of experience in relevant analytics tasks with Strong Python, R, Matlab, or related language, experience with Java, or a JVM based language like Scala or Clojure will be a huge plus;
  • Good understanding of databases and SQL, experience with the Hadoop ecosystem, particularly Pig and Hive is a plus
  • Capacious curiosity for data and algorithms, and how to apply them to create insight.
  • Experience in the ecommerce, web analytics, search, and cloud computing space;
  • Experience with Linux/Unix—you are comfortable on the command line.

A few of the fun problems we're working on:

Feature Extraction and Context / Product Inference
Identify the commercial context of publisher content, identify the relevance of commercial links to that content, and match relevant destinations to appropriate products / services available across the web.

Statistical Modeling and Prediction of Earnings
Model the performance of our existing publishers and merchants to predict future performance at high granularity.

Large-Data Analytics and Audience Profiling
Develop automated insights that help publishers improve their performance by developing a better understanding of their audiences based on billions of impressions and tens of millions of clicks per week. Do this for thousands of publishers in a scalable and relevant way.

Destination Optimization
Select the most appropriate destination for a commercial link, based on what is best for the viewer and the publisher. Balance estimated publisher earnings (based on earnings per click, location, device type, etc) with viewer relevance and good viewer experience.

VigLink Values
Dare, Overcome, Challenge, Collaborate, Play. At VigLink we have a strong company culture where mission and values are clear, communicated often, and embraced.

Our perks & benefits include:
Full medical, dental and vision coverage for employees.

Vacations and holidays are embraced
Because we think hard work is something to be rewarded, we offer unlimited vacation time. We’re also closed on all major holidays, including an extended winter break!

Plan for your future
Save for your retirement with our 401(k) plan. We want you to be ready for all life’s adventures.

Keep learning
While we encouraging our employees to attend conferences and industry events, we also offer each employee an annual $2,000 learning credit.

Let's eat and be merry
We have regularly catered lunches, a tasty snack & beverages pantry, and weekly happy hours

The company that plays together, stays together
From baseball games, company trips, to charity work, we make it a priority to take time for fun company outings!

Save on your commute
Set aside pre-tax dollars to help you get where you need to go with Mass Transit and Parking Flexible Spending Accounts!

At VigLink we try to create a flexible work environment where what we value most is the output of our employees’ work. We do embrace a Work From Home (WFH) policy. Employees must be active with VigLink for 3 months before a WFH arrangement may be considered.

Beautiful office next to the Transamerica Pyramid with views Coit Tower and bridges galore.

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