Data Scientist

| Austin
Come work at Smarter Sorting!
About Us
Smarter Sorting helps companies maximize the salvation of unwanted items.
We utilize machine learning and artificial intelligence to create the best decision path for unsalable products. At least 1 in 10 products sold by retailers are returned, unsold or damaged. With a lack of standardized data, retailers are unable to properly classify these products and end up spending millions. These products are disposed of instead of being donated and used for their intended purpose.
Our Point of Reversal Decision Engine helps to find end-markets for these unsaleable items, stops tons of hazardous waste from being incinerated into our atmosphere, and saves our partners lots of money by increasing reuse and automating compliance.
The Smarter Sorting team is made up of top-notch talent who are dedicated to our mission of reducing unnecessary waste. We're determined to build world-class tech that transforms the chemical waste management industry, speeding our advancement towards a zero-waste future. Join our team!
About You
Smarter Sorting is looking for a Data Scientist who has a deep understanding of R or Python and machine learning models. This person will take ownership of the two types of machine learning models: logistic regression and neural networks. Their goal is to work with our Data team to understand these models and update existing ones so that our customers can properly classify chemical-containing products. Taking the lead in understanding these machine learning models will help ensure our customers have the best classification engine and data at their fingertips. Success in this role will involve being able to understand how the data maps to regulatory requirements and real-world applications.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Research and Development into machine learning techniques for auto-classification
  • Creation of machine learning models for probabilistic classification analysis
  • Create and build upon systems to normalize data
  • Maintain existing models and classifiers
  • Python development
  • Data Engineering of critical classification facets
  • Coordination and cooperation with other data scientists and subject matter experts

Your Experience + Skills:

  • BA/BS in Math, Computer Science, Statistics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related degree
  • Master’s or Ph.D. in a related field is a plus
  • 2+ years of building machine learning models in a professional environment
  • 1+ years of experience working in a software company
  • Startup experience is a plus
  • Experience programming in Python or R (Python preferred)
  • Knowledge of regression and classification modeling techniques

Your 1st month:

  • Learn everything there is to know about our software products
  • Ramp up on our industry
  • Review existing models
  • Fully understand our data science methodologies

Your first 3 months:

  • Author and develop multiple predictive models
  • Actively contribute to our Automated Classification Engine project
  • Successfully integrate with the team

Your first 6 months:

  • Develop new machine learning techniques that actively solve our business problems
  • Own a significant portion of the functionality of our Automated Classification Engine project
  • Actively contribute ideas to our product roadmap

Your Benefits & Perks
Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches and dinners

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Technology we use

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We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and Scotty's BBQ. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' I'll be getting my HR certification this year and it will be completely funded by our Administrative department. We also buy our employees any books they need for continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

What are some social events your company does?

Every day at Smarter Sorting is like a social event. Our internal slogan is "party all the time". Snack days are held every Thursday and feature local treats. We invite baby goats & bunnies to all company events. We also facilitate volunteering opportunities for our employees including Dress for Success, Austin Habitat for Humanity and lots more.

Jocelyn Wakham

Operations Associate

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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