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Data Scientist, The Sims™

Location: Redwood City, CA, USA

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Requisition Number: 175054

Position Title: Data Scientist I

External Description:

About the Role:

At Maxis, creator of The Sims™, we thrive on outrageous thinking. It’s the fuel that inspires the best life simulation games in the world. We’re innovators and great storytellers. But it’s not just about amazing your peers—it’s about amazing yourself and our fans. Take risks, collaborate with brilliant minds and dare to dream big. Together, we can impact millions of players every day.

As a Data Scientist on The Sims franchise, you’ll be handed the keys to massive volumes of player behavioral data and responsible for maintaining, iterating on, and developing data products that meaningfully inform game design, feature prioritization, and product development. 

You’ll be working with a large but tight-knit studio of enthusiastic industry craftspeople from all walks of life. You’ll also join a group of experienced data scientists, analysts, and data engineers as a member of the embedded-and-dedicated Studios Data and Insights (SDI) team.

The Sims 4 has an extremely unique player base, attracting a large, young, female-skewing audience. If you’re excited about creating the best possible experience for these players, come join us!

Responsibilities:

  • Research and implement applications of machine learning that unlock player personalization and facilitate game developers’ decision making; strive to generalize your work for broader use wherever possible; 
  • Analyze and develop explanatory, predictive, and prescriptive models using appropriate mathematical methods like Bayesian statistics, time-series analysis, supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods, semantic analysis, and natural language processing;
  • Work with (and improve) our data pipeline that transfers and processes petabytes of data using tools, such as: AWS, S3, Kubernetes, GCP, Python, Airflow, Apache Kafka, Ruby & Hive; 
  • Derive actionable insights from data and communicate them throughout the organization in a clear, concise way;
  • Learn, implement and share new methodologies with our broader team. Serve as a technical mentor for junior team members. 

Qualifications and Required Experience:

  • 2+ years of professional experience manipulating data sets, building statistical models and productizing models along with experience applying Data Science methodologies to real-world problems;
  • Preference for experience with some of the following methods:
    • Recommendation models; matrix factorization, collaborative filtering, k-means clustering, hierarchical clustering, bag of words models, TFIDF, random forest, linear regression, logistic regression, neural networks
  • Master’s degree in a quantitative field;
  • Expert-level SQL;
  • Advanced experience with Python (preferred) and/or R;
  • Fast learner; views challenges as opportunities; tenacious and focused 
  • Understands the importance of good documentation and transferability of knowledge;
  • Evangelist for data democratization and empowerment of non-technical partners;
  • Able to create compelling communications and translate complex technical topics to non-technical partners;
  • Experience with any of the following is a big plus:
    • Application deployment using AWS, Virtual Machines, Airflow, Docker
    • Familiarity with Looker and LookML development

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Company Profile:

Electronic Arts is the leading interactive entertainment company, powered by innovative technology. We create incredible experiences for millions of players around the world. But what matters most is our people who inspire us, and the world, to play. As we bring new forms of entertainment to people around the world, we need creative, collaborative, diverse and adaptable people to keep making Electronic Arts better.

EEOText: About EA We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game. Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

Date Opened: 2022-07-29 05:21:51.073

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About EA

We exist to inspire the world to play. Through innovative technology and immersive storytelling, we deliver new ways of experiencing worlds of interactive entertainment for our millions of players worldwide. Our strength lies in the diversity of our people, combining creativity, innovation and passion. We fully champion inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for growing, learning, and leading that allows for the most impactful and rewarding work of our teams’ careers. 

 

We put our people first, and we make sure they’re taken care of both in and out of the office. As we reflect on our learnings and successes from remote work, we aim to provide dynamic, collaborative and flexible work environments for our teams. Our employees connect through our Employee Resource Groups, which are actively involved in driving business decisions every step of the way. But our support doesn’t end at the workplace—we also encourage a balanced lifestyle with paid time off and new parent leave, free video games, fitness reimbursement and more. 

 

Our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and inspiring workplace for all of our employees. Through our diversity, equity, inclusion and social responsibility programs, we’re doing the work to give everyone the space to be their full selves while giving back to our community. We’re looking for problem-solvers, game-changers, innovators, dreamers, doers—people that are ready to move the needle and build on our success. As our industry accelerates, we aren’t just keeping up—we’re staying ahead of the game.

 

Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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