Data Analyst

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The WattTime software platform enables any IoT device to automatically consume cleaner energy by syncing the times it draws power with moments of surplus clean energy on the local grid. We are both a tech startup, and an environmental nonprofit and subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

JOB DESCRIPTION

WattTime, a nonprofit startup and subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, has an immediate opening for a talented and innovative Data Analyst to help curate, analyze, and model electric grid data that powers both real-time environmental optimization by IoT devices, and strategic decision-making by influential corporations, NGOs, and governments.
 
Who we are
 
When you use electricity, what actual power plant created that energy? A coal plant? A solar farm? Normally, there’s no way to know. But WattTime's novel software stack can detect and even change which power plants the grid dispatches to power any device. We can add this feature to anything that consumes or stores energy and has an Internet connection (which is now billions of devices). This enables many environmental benefits, from instantly cutting carbon emissions to accelerating the growth of renewable energy.
 
We’re a tech startup and an environmental nonprofit, catalyzing a movement to make technology like this the new normal for Internet-connected devices worldwide. Our team is small (7 employees) yet surprisingly mighty (e.g. Google and Microsoft leverage our technology). We recently became a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
 
What you’ll do
 
You’ll be a critical member of our Research and Analysis team to curate, analyze, and model electric grid data, and collaborate with the Product and Engineering teams to develop your insights into impacts. You’ll be working closely with environmental economists, power systems experts, database ninjas, and activist-consultants.
 
Your responsibilities will include both regular and project-based work:
 
  • Collect real-time and historical data feeds from open databases of related topics including power grids and environment.
  • Mine and analyze datasets to draw valid inferences and present them to the team lead.
  • Assist in developing and improving our core AER algorithm, and support production implementation
  • Prepare reports for external audience to help with their decision-making.
  • Maintain our database, and run tests to ensure its validity and quality.
 
About you
 
  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or higher in a data-intensive discipline
  • such as CS, stats, econ, engineering, etc.
  • Analytical Skills:
    • Able to work with large amounts of data
    • Solid background in basic mathematical modeling
    • Present analytical results using clear, appropriate visualization
  • Programming Skills:
    • Proficient in at least one programming language for data analysis (e.g. R, Python)
    • Experience with Restful API and able to parse data in json, xml formats
    • Familiarity with SQL and experience with at least one database (e.g. MySQL, Postgres)
  • Other Skills/Abilities:
    • Fast learner, smart but humble
    • Pay attention to detail
    • Comfortable working in interdisciplinary team
    • Able to collaborate as well as function independently
  • Most importantly: You want your work to help make the world a better place
 
Bonus points
 
  • Prior experience working with power grid, emissions, or energy data
  • Masters or PhD in data science or other data-intensive discipline
  • Knowledge of machine learning
  • Skills in causal inference, modeling or predictive analytics
 
Logistics
 
  • The growth opportunity to play a crucial early stage role developing technology that will do the equivalent of taking many millions of cars off the road.
  • Strong opportunities for advancement, both within WattTime and the broader RMI/Energy Web Foundation network
  • Competitive compensation in the non-profit sector
  • Exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, vision, HSA, Flex accounts, disability, and more.
  • Flexible policies that can help to young parents or others: flexible hours, work-from-home, unlimited vacation, part-time are all possible
 
Our Culture
 
We are practical idealists who believe nothing has more potential for world-changing impact, fast, than software. We embrace change. We are lean and rapid prototypers, growth hackers. But we also never confuse mere growth with growth in genuine impact, and are all personally, fiercely committed to our mission. That makes us quietly radical in unexpected ways. Most startups have competitors; we have allies. We leverage many brilliant expert volunteers who help us punch way above our weight class. We distrust intuition and hierarchy, and trust in data and everyone’s voice being heard. We consider respect non-negotiable; there are no jerks here. We also are convinced that diversity is central to success, and strongly encourage applications from people with all backgrounds. WattTime is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation or classification.

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