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Analyst, Baseball Research & Development (R&D) - Washington Nationals (WASHINGTON · DC)

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The Washington Nationals are seeking an analyst to join our Baseball Research & Development team. The role focuses on using data science to derive insights from baseball datasets to support player evaluation, player development, roster construction, and in-game strategy. The analyst will largely work on long term research projects under the supervision of a senior R&D member, and report to the Senior Director of R&D. Analysts should be able to communicate findings well to all audiences, technical and non-technical. The department is flexible enough to accommodate analyst candidates with particular strengths or areas of interest, but we are seeking applicants with general ‘baseball feel’ and data science experience.

The Washington Nationals are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Build statistical models to answer baseball research questions. Run projects in production through baseball season
  • Perform analyses at the request of our research directors, General Manager, assistant General Managers, player development staff, coaching staff, and/or advance scouts
  • Communicate findings through written reports, presentations, and informal conversations
  • Develop deep understanding of existing body of R&D team’s existing research, code base, and database. Take on some responsibility for improving and maintaining existing projects
  • Design and build informative data visualizations for use in automated reports or internal web applications

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Experience analyzing datasets and training statistical models using R, Python, or equivalent
  • Has an undergraduate or graduate degree from a four-year college or university, preferably in Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions
  • Ability to complete long term statistical modeling projects and incorporate technical feedback
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly
  • Enthusiasm for learning new skills related to programming, statistical modeling, and data visualization
  • Passion for baseball and desire to work in baseball operations
  • Working knowledge of sabermetric concepts

Physical/Environmental Requirements
  • Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be required during the baseball season
  • Front office staff located in DC are expected to attend about half of the Nationals home games. Meals are provided to staff during the games

All applicants for employment at the Washington Nationals are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. Applicants with qualifying disabilities or bona fide religious objections, or who are pregnant, may be exempted from this requirement or otherwise accommodated if they are unable to be vaccinated.