About the Job

Impact Research is looking for a talented data scientist to join our growing company. In this role, you will bring analytical rigor and statistical methods to the challenges facing the transportation industry. You will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and analysts on a wide range of problems. Tasks will include the selection and implementation of appropriate statistical and machine learning methods to address a variety of safety and transportation research questions.  You will demonstrate a willingness to teach others and learn new techniques.

About the Company

Impact Research is a small business located in Columbia, Maryland that specializes in transportation research and data analysis. We are a highly motivated company working on impactful projects in the auto safety and railroad safety industry.


  • Translate business needs into research questions and technical requirements
  • Identify existing methods or develop new methods to analyze data relating to driver behavior, traffic conditions, human language, and other phenomena
  • Build statistical and machine learning algorithms into production software systems
  • Demonstrate willingness to teach others and learn new techniques
  • Communicate analysis methods and findings to technical and non-technical audiences

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in statistics, mathematics, economics, computer science or related field
  • 4+ years experience using a statistical programming language (R, SAS, NumPy/SciPy, etc.)
  • 2+ years experience working with non-statistical programming language (Python, Ruby, Perl, C/C++, etc.)
  • 4+ years experience working with a relational database
  • Demonstrated ability to draw conclusions from data, communicate and recommend actions

Desired Qualifications

  • Proficient understanding of distributed computing principles
  • 5+ years using a statistical programming language (R, SAS, NumPy/SciPy, etc.)
  • 3+ years experience using one other programming or scripting language (Python, Ruby, Perl, C/C++, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in text mining or other high-dimensional data
  • Proven ability to think creatively about challenging analytical problems
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, dealing with complex, quantitative topics
  • A track record of project ownership and punctual, high quality deliverables
  • Interest and understanding of transportation and the automotive industry




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