August 19, 2020

Pecan Street Seeks Data Analyst

Pecan Street Inc. seeks a Data Analyst to be part of its award-winning team accelerating innovations for climate and conservation solutions. The selected candidate will be part of a passionate, dynamic team that works on a range of exciting programs in partnership with public and private entities. An Austin-based candidate is preferred however remote work is an option for this role.

About Pecan Street Inc.

Climate change is the world’s single greatest challenge. And securing a clean water supply for a growing population isn’t far behind. Solving both challenges will grow the economy, improve people’s lives, and protect our precious planet. The solutions to these challenges will demand a mixture of new technologies and policies. But it first requires a detailed understanding of water and energy use behavior.

Unlike any other organization, Pecan Street’s research addresses technology, behavior, and how the two interact. We develop unique datasets to help our team and collaborators better understand barriers to solving climate and water management challenges, and we provide proving grounds to accelerate the development and adoption of solutions.

We are the only organization that combines expertise in the “Internet of Things,” high-velocity data acquisition, big data analytics, and lean product development to drive disruptive innovation for climate and conservation solutions.

Our real-world testbed of volunteer research participants is the first of its kind on the planet and has become an international model for how to develop and conduct energy and resource research and technology development. Our commercialization lab is a world-class proving ground producing leapfrog solutions for the transition to clean energy. And our database, the largest source of disaggregated customer energy data, is used by university researchers and industry-leading companies around the world.

Pecan Street’s lab is a green-built facility producing leapfrog solutions for clean energy and water management where companies of all sizes can develop, test and validate a wide range of products and services. The lab also houses Pecan Street’s secure data center, which powers Dataport – our interactive online portal that provides access to our data, which is the world’s largest research database for residential energy and water use. Dataport also includes tools to help researchers understand, visualize, and analyze these data resources.

Responsibilities

  • Provide data science and analytics on large streams of residential energy data, residential water data, home energy audit data and demographic data.
  • Assist in identifying marketable sets of data from within Pecan Street’s data archive for offering to research and commercial partners
  • Using SQL, query Pecan Street data sources to extract information for internal requests of data
  • Coordinate with internal staff on data needs external to the organization, and assist with creating and running queries to fulfill external requests
  • Perform unassisted research towards the goals of the firm
  • Provide analysis and reporting of results

Experience and Skills

Pecan Street seeks a candidate with:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Building Science, Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, or other relevant field. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Ability to take large and/or complex data and make it more accessible, understandable and usable
  • Proven track record of performing applied research and analysis
  • Understanding of building science and/or residential construction
  • Proficiency in SQL
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings
  • Experience in visualizing data to effectively communicate research findings

Professional Qualities

  • Communication and relationship building skills – candidate should be comfortable dealing with all levels of an organization, including delivering presentations to executive level audiences, and community groups.
  • Teamwork – candidate should be able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Planning and organizational skills – candidate should be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities in a fast paced and demanding work environment.

Benefits

Benefits are competitive and include:

  • health insurance requiring no contribution from the employee including dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and affordable family plans;
  • 401(k) retirement planning;
  • 15 days of annual paid-time off plus 10 additional holidays; and,
  • 3 months of fully paid maternity and paternity leave.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through September 15, 2020. Please apply at https://www.pecanstreet.org/apply/. Application package should include resume, cover letter, and a report sample detailing the results of a statistical analysis.

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