Associate Director, Data Science and Research Wharton Customer Analytics

Pennsylvania, United States
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00
27 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Associate Director, Data Science & Research - Wharton Customer Analytics

Job Profile Title

Research Analyst

Job Description Summary

The Associate Director, Data Science & Research position at Wharton Customer Analytics will support the Research & Education Director in the design, scope, and execution of experiential learning and research projects.

Job Description


The Associate Director, Data Science & Research will interface with prospective and current corporate partners to learn their business model and understand the business and technical challenges they face as an organization and will help scope and scale customized research projects with actionable insights and implementable solutions.  This role will gain further knowledge and insight into their data practices, including internal systems and data storage, and will recommend what data and tools are needed, and will work closely with corporate partners to transfer, store, clean and document data for student research projects. The Associate Director, Data Science & Research will also serve as a liaison to students and researchers as they work on projects, assisting them with technical support, including using and understanding the data. 


  • Preference for Master’s Degree or other relevant coursework/certificate and 3 – 4 years of experience using databases and data analysis tools or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience with SQL, and coding in Python or R, and Data Visualization required.  Familiarity with database design and management (e.g. MySQL) and managing cloud-based data infrastructures with AWS or Microsoft Azure a plus.  Proficiency with data analysis and basic statistical modeling also a plus.  
  • Experience designing, scoping, and scaling data based and data analytics projects with companies.  Ability to identify relevant and interesting business questions, supporting datasets, and an understanding of the implementation of solutions.
  • Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills with the ability to translate between technical processes and actionable business insights.  Experience or interest in working with students in the role of mentor or technical project manager a plus.  Ability to quickly learn and apply new processes and technologies required.  Detail oriented and experience leading projects from end to end.
  • This position will spend approximately 70% of their time working with Wharton Customer Analytics and 30% of their time working with Wharton AI for Business.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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