Lead Data Scientist Peoria, IL

Posted: November 28, 2023

Company: Opinion Dynamics

Job Type: Consultant

Certification Required: No certification required


County: PEORIA

Opinion Dynamics is growing and is seeking a new team member to join our Data Analytics team. In this role, you will provide analytical leadership and technical innovation backed by extensive knowledge of and experience in the clean energy space. Our ideal candidate will bring a strong quantitative skillset at the cross-section of data science, statistics, and econometrics combined with the ability to effectively navigate the dynamic and collaborative environment of a consulting firm. You will have demonstrated applied experience performing advanced analytics of interval energy consumption and equipment telematics data streams in support of load impact, forecasting, and disaggregation studies of clean energy interventions, including energy efficiency, demand response, electric vehicles, and other distributed energy resources (DERs).

As a member of the Data Analytics team, you will lead the analytic design process and oversee the effective execution of a portfolio of analytically complex and computationally intensive projects. You will work in collaboration with our in-house Data Management, Engineering, and other teams to ensure that analytical solutions are supported and enhanced by sound data management and building science practices. While your primary function on projects will be defining analytic design process and oversight of the work, this is a hands-on role, and you are someone who jumps into the details of analyses to guide staff and provide the necessary oversight and support to ensure high-quality, accurate work products. As a methodological expert in the organization, you will participate in client-facing conversations, contribute to proposals and business development efforts, and effectively translate concepts between technical and non-technical audiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in economics, statistics, data science, quantitative social science, political science, or related field and 8+ years of relevant experience. A bachelor’s degree with sufficient applied professional experience will be considered.
  • At least 4+ years in the clean energy space, ideally conducting advanced analyses leveraging load and other data streams in the context of research and consulting environment.
  • Expertise with advanced statistical approaches and evaluation and measurement practices and standards, specifically as applied to flexible load, time-varying rates, managed charging, decarbonization, energy efficiency, and grid resiliency programs and interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting advanced statistical analyses with large volumes of interval load data.
  • Passionate about cultivating analytical innovation; comfortable tackling complex statistical problems through new and unexplored methods and data streams.
  • Passionate about mentoring and training junior staff.
  • Critical thinker who is curious, comfortable with complexity, a strong communicator, and has a strong consulting mindset.
  • Excited to serve in a hands-on role to ensure 1) the choice of rigorous and appropriate methodological solutions, 2) the successful execution of analytical tasks within agreed-upon timelines and budgets, and 3) the production of client-ready analytic outputs.
  • Advanced programmer in R or Python.
  • Skilled in data visualization and data management practices.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of DER data streams (e.g., solar generation, battery charge/discharge, vehicle and device telematics)
  • Experience conducting DER valuation studies and analyses
  • Experience with rate design
  • Experience with integrated research planning studies
  • Skilled in big data analytics and corresponding tools and practices
  • Knowledge of machine learning and data science approaches and methodologies
  • Experience with version control software (e.g. Git) and collaborative code development

Apply online at https://opiniondynamics.com/jobs/opiniondynamics/lead-data-scientist/?gh_jid=4305224006

Salary Range: $135K – 160K. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.


Opinion Dynamics advances knowledge to address emerging energy and social issues through sound and insightful research. Our inter-disciplinary team of consultants develops actionable and insightful research to support an array of clients, including electric and gas utilities, regulators, and stakeholders. Our research supports planning, assessment, and optimizing energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy programs. Our team uses a customized approach leveraging innovative methodologies to answer our client’s questions. Our company fosters innovative thought, collegiality, and growth opportunities for our employees.

Opinion Dynamics provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Opinion Dynamics is also committed to fostering a more diverse workforce. BIPOC, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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