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Senior Applied Research Scientist


Data Science & Analytics


Bellevue, San Francisco

Senior Applied Research Scientist

The Opportunity:

Flexport is looking for a creative, technically-minded Applied Research Scientist (ARS) who is motivated to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems in global trade.  

Data is at the heart of our business, and as an Applied Research Scientist, you will work to evaluate and provide insights into our physical and digital products. In collaboration with multidisciplinary product, engineering, user experience, and business/operations teams, you will apply advanced Machine Learning (ML) and Operations Research (OR) methods to deliver data-driven insights and automated decision solutions in Flexport’s client and carrier-facing freight forwarding products. 

Our product and engineering teams collaborate very closely with our ARS to share domain knowledge, test hypotheses at scale, and develop promising solutions that can be quickly and widely deployed. In addition, we are passionate about providing effortlessly accessible intelligence and actionable insights to our end users. Thus, the ideal ARS candidate is: self-motivated, highly analytical, technically excellent at writing code, and passionate about delivering cutting-edge solutions.  

You Will:

  • Work collaboratively with product, engineering, and business to:
    • find opportunities to improve and enhance our technology products, 
    • understand Flexport’s business and operations processes to identify impact opportunities, 
    • translate ambiguous business requirements into the right technical solution, and
    • design and build robust and scalable production solutions.
  • Perform requirements gathering and data analysis.  
  • Research prior work to inform and develop rational hypotheses and quantify appropriate metrics & targets.
  • Work with large and complex data sets and solve difficult data analysis problems by applying advanced analytical methods, including ML and OR. 
  • Deliver compelling data-driven solutions to support automated decision-making at scale.
  • Develop and refactor ML/OR solutions to support scalable production deployment. 
  • Communicate findings to technical collaborators and business stakeholders. 
  • Drive and hands-on contribute to advance model/algorithmic development.  

You Should Have:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree in quantitative fields, such as Operations Research, Applied Math, Computer Science, etc. 
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in predictive and quantitative modeling and analysis.
  • Experience and a strong background in algorithm design, engineering, and implementation.
  • Experience and a strong background in optimization methods for solving linear, mixed-integer, and dynamic programs.
  • Experience in business analytics, forecasting, or supply chain planning, emphasizing quantitative modeling and analysis.
  • Understanding of MIP strategies to customize/leverage commercial/open-source solvers. 
  • Experience programming with a mathematical programming language such as R or major programming languages such as Python, Java, C++, C#, or C.
  • Experience working with large data sets and knowledge of tools for big data analytics (e.g., SQL, Python, Perl, or Ruby).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent research experience) in quantitative fields, such as Operations Research, Applied Math, Computer Science, etc. 
  • Experience taking research prototypes to production.
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in transportation routing algorithms/software systems.
  • Proven object-oriented design and implementation skills (Python, Java, and/or C++)
  • Understanding of scalable computing systems, software architecture, and data structures.
  • Experience leading the development of complex software systems that have been successfully deployed.
  • Knowledge of software engineering best practices for the complete software development life cycle.
  • Advance knowledge of decomposition/iterative methods for solving large-scale linear/nonlinear programs.
  • Experience designing and implementing optimization models for large-scale discrete/combinatorial problems (e.g., vehicle routing, scheduling, network design, scheduling, and facility location) 
  • Experience developing metaheuristics and matheuristics algorithms for extreme-scale combinatorial optimization.
  • Experience in machine learning and statistical techniques such as classification, clustering, regression, statistical inference, collaborative filtering, and experimental design.
  • Strong research track record (e.g., publications and patents).


About Flexport:

We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics, empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $10B of merchandise across 112 countries every year. 

Worried about not having any logistics experience?

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. That’s why it’s important to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success. 

At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global trade easy for everyone relies on having a diverse, dedicated and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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