Amii | University of Alberta Department of Computing Science - Data Scientist

This competition will be used to fill more than one position.

Reporting to Amii’s Scientific Director and in consultation with the Executive Director, the Data Scientist provides technical leadership on collaborative machine-intelligence projects and facilitates knowledge transfer between industry and academia. The position facilitates Amii’s mandate to bring research excellence to Alberta businesses. They serve as point-of-contact with industry partners and have a role in defining and advancing collaborative projects. 


  • Meet with industry partners to discuss potential applications
  • Advise on directions for adopting machine intelligence
  • Provide expert advice on custom integrations of machine intelligence
  • Keep abreast of the needs of industry through community/professional events
  • Communicate technical capabilities of research to non-technical partners
  • Introduce relevant research and research groups to industry partners
  • Evaluate employment, internship, and potential research opportunities for Amii students
  • Provide information on relevant local business and development resources
  • Maintain familiarity with Amii’s ongoing research programs
  • Contextualize machine intelligence capabilities and possibilities
  • Evaluate project scope and plausibility
  • Define requirements, deliverables, and timelines in collaboration with the directors, research team, and industry contacts
  • Draft and review project proposals
  • Research and recommend appropriate technologies and resources
  • Provide proof-of-concept analysis or programming when needed

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master's degree in appropriate discipline (e.g. Computing Science, Engineering, Statistics) and demonstrated knowledge of modern machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Demonstrated practical background in computer programming for machine learning (e.g. Java, Python, Matlab, Julia)
  • Creative problem-solving, flexibility, and self-directed initiative
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to understand and summarize relevant academic research in an accessible format
  • Knowledge of industry and experience with software development is an asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff agreement, this position has a term length of one year and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: with an annual salary range of $58,210 to $80,050.