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Data Scientist

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# of openings: 1


Data Scientist

We are looking for someone that has an insatiable love for massive amounts of data, complex problems, and the exploration that takes place to find the best possible solutions. If you are passionate about investing and finance --  and are technically trained to build optimization tools --  then this could be the best opportunity for you right now!

Ask yourselves these thrilling questions: can you catch errors quickly? Are you familiar with Bayesian models? Can you develop efficient database design and retrieval code using SQL? Have you at least heard of MATLAB? If you answered “yes” to all of those questions…. Then you are only a few (okay, more than a few) steps away from working at one of the best places in Washington D.C.!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:


  • Practical experience using MATLAB Financial Toolbox
  • Deep understanding of statistics, statistical modeling, and time series analysis
  • Deep understanding of financial theory Modern Portfolio Theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model, Black-Litterman
  • Ability to work on a diverse team that is entrepreneurial and data-driven by nature
  • A willingness to learn additional programming languages as needed
  • Ability to explain complex financial research and algorithms to non-financially trained teammates and customers
  • Intense desire to use data to Help the World Invest. Better.

Helpful but not required:

  • SQL and query writing experience
  • Experience with MATLAB GUI design
  • Experience working with and cleaning raw financial data
  • Experience working with a development team (not just a research team)
  • CFA preferred
  • Confident, strange, and humble


The Motley Fool, Inc. provides equal opportunity to all employees on the basis of individual performance and qualification without regard to race, sex, marital status, religion, color, age, national origin, non-job-related handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or other protected factor.

We should, however, make you aware that there is one notable exception to this policy. It is our strict and earnest intention — and the company’s historical record will bear this out — we will never hire any of the following: cyborgs, robots, replicants, or morlocks. Now keep in mind we are well aware that all of the aforementioned have intentions of world domination in the future, but as of now we have no place for them at The Motley Fool … unless the year is 2122 and the revolution has already occurred. If that is the case we welcome our new cyborg, robot, replicant, or morlock rulers!!! Perhaps we have said too much?

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