Director of Data Science

Remote (US Time Zones) /
Technical /
Full Time - Remote
About us

Privacy Dynamics’ mission is to empower innovative and ethical data teams by improving their ability to generate high quality anonymized data. 
 
Personal data is being collected and used everyday. 87% of U.S. citizens are identifiable by as few as three common data points. Meanwhile, now 66% of countries around the world have legislation in place to protect our personal privacy. 

Every organization now shares data privacy concerns when they collect and use customer data. In fact, 55% of all data collected by companies is currently dark data; meaning that despite good intentions, usage is murky, and attempts to anonymize the data has yielded mediocre results at best. Until now, anonymized data has struggled to achieve a level of accuracy necessary for deep analytical insights or reliable machine learning. 
Privacy Dynamics is working to make anonymized data just as useful as the raw data it’s derived from, while minimizing the growing number of regulations and risks that data teams need to account for every day. 

We believe our micro-aggregation process provides engineers and analysts with the most accurate anonymized data possible, giving them confidence to use it for internal analysis, machine learning, or publishing to partners. 
 
Privacy Dynamics is backed by a passionate group of investors (Root, Crosscut, Upside Partnership, Slack, Data Community Fund, and Aviso Ventures) and angels with experience building and leading companies like Looker, Signal Sciences, Auth0, Flatiron Health, Puppet, and Square. 

Why we're hiring for the role

We are seeking a Director of Data Science who will report to our CTO and work closely with the Director of Engineering to lead Privacy Dynamics’ approach to privacy risk assessment and mitigation. As part of the core leadership team, you will have an opportunity to actively participate in establishing the technical direction of the company.  

As the Director of Data Science, you will be responsible for ensuring that our customers have access to the most insightful data possible while responsibly mitigating privacy risk. You will oversee all projects involving machine learning, differential privacy, synthetic data, or privacy preserving analytics. Your intellectual leadership will guide product development and influence Privacy Dynamics’ roadmap for implementing new privacy preserving features and support the advancement of our mission to build rigorous privacy management tools for ethical data use.

Key Responsibilities

Research

    • Establish and maintain expertise in state-of-the art privacy preserving methods.
    • Experiment and benchmark systems for privacy assessment and treatment.

Design and development

    • Systems for data collection, reporting, and analysis.
    • Production processes for transforming data to serve customer needs.
    • Visualizations to assist quality measurements (internal and customer-facing).

Writing

    • Technical research papers for industry journals and publications.
    • Technical documentation for internal and external use.
    • Blogs and articles aimed to educate wider audiences.

Minimum qualifications

    • PhD in data science, statistics, computer science, or natural science (or MS with equivalent practical experience).
    • Excellent statistical skills and programming experience.
    • Experience reviewing research and methods from academic literature.
    • Experience distilling complex concepts for non-technical and policy-oriented audiences.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong organizational skills and the ability to maintain timelines and meet deadlines.

Nice to have

    • Experience with data privacy concepts, such as k-anonymity and differential privacy.
    • Experience programming in Python and Pandas.
    • Experience working remotely in a distributed company.


Polices

Privacy Dynamics is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives. 

Privacy Dynamics does not accept unsolicited referrals or CVs from any source other than directly from candidates or approved agencies with written agreements in place and instructed on specified roles.

Unsolicited CVs received from any agency not engaged as outlined above will be considered a "free gift", and there will be no fees due should we choose to contact the candidate directly. Receipt of unsolicited CVs will in no way establish any prior claim to the candidate should they also be submitted by another agency. We consider this type of activity an attempt to lay claim to a given candidate and therefore entirely inappropriate.

Any submission of unsolicited CVs to us will be deemed as full acceptance of these terms. We only engage with agencies who are respectful of candidates, businesses and other agencies.  We abide by our agreements with them and maintain genuine, straight-forward and lasting relationships which generate the highest caliber candidates for our business.