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The Chicago Cubs Are Hiring More Nerds If You Are Looking for a Gig

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Attention job-seekers who want to work for the Chicago Cubs and have a very special set of skills (not THOSE skills, just you know, tech skills).

The Cubs are looking for a Baseball Sciences Analyst, a Baseball Analytics Analyst, a Data Quality Engineer, and a Baseball Systems Fellow. The links there will take you to the application, as well as the full details on each position.

Curious what a Baseball Sciences Analyst does? I was. Here is the job description, which gives you a sense of how deep the Cubs are looking to go in building out their use of data science:

  • Perform quantitative research to better understand and quantify player performance
  • Identify and evaluate new technologies and assessments
  • Work with the Baseball Analytics group to integrate Baseball Science research into player valuation models
  • Communicate research insights to various departments and stakeholders—including coaches, scouts, trainers, and S&C staff
  • Collaborate with Player Development to design/oversee initiatives that can help answer research hypotheses
  • Stay up to date with academic literature and public research

How about the Baseball Analytics Analyst? That looks like this:

  • Create data modeling pipelines that maintain up-to-date predictions of a variety of baseball metrics
  • Analyze collected data leveraging in-house models and insights
  • Research, develop, and test methods and models for the purpose of player assessment, development, and acquisition, as well as the optimization of in-game strategy
  • Effectively present analyses using written reports and data visualization methods to communicate relevant findings
  • Work with Baseball Systems team to integrate new statistical analyses, models, and data visualizations into Cubs web applications
  • Incorporate new analysis into existing data processes to improve automated reporting
  • Identify, diagnose, and resolve data quality issues
  • Conduct in-depth evaluations of amateur and professional prospects
  • Handle data and analysis requests from the coaching staff and other departments within Baseball Operations

Hat tip to FanGraphs for seeing the job postings.


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Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.