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Data Scientist, POC

Company: Vistra Energy
Location: Irving
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

If you have what it takes to become part of the Vistra family and would like to start a promising career with a global leader, take a look at the exciting employment opportunities that are currently available and apply online.

Job Summary

You will be working on some cutting edge technology implementation for real world use cases of bringing efficiencies in power plant operation center via machine learning algorithms. We have currently successfully rolled out machine learning algorithms for few of the combined cycle plants and are seeing some real operational saving in terms of heat rate optimizations. We are now in the design phase of the coal plants. All the plants: nuclear, coal, combines cycle vary in technology, form factor and provide similar yet different opportunities of improvement.

The person who joins us will have the opportunity to design and implement various complex models, and innovate for the use cases. The leadership team here at Vistra have identified various opportunities where statistical analysis and modelling can give us superior industry returns.

Job Description

Key Accountabilities:

  • Apply strong expertise in machine-learning, data mining, and information retrieval to design, prototype, and build the next-generation analytics engines and services
  • Deep understanding and implementation experience of models like: Neural networks; Extreme gradient boost model (XGB); rate regression model
  • Working experience with evolutionary heuristic optimization, e.g. genetic algorithm, differential evolution, particle swarm and simulated annealing; understanding for Kedro functionalities would be a plus
  • Daily responsibilities will include re-training existing models, gauge continuous accuracy, design and implement new models for new optimizations
  • Understands business problems and designs end-to-end analytics use cases
  • Develops complex models and algorithms that drive innovation throughout the organization. This may include improving on-time performance, network planning, etc.
  • Conducts advanced statistical analysis to provide actionable insights, identify trends, and measure performance
  • Collaborates with model developers to implement and deploy scalable solutions
  • Provides thought leadership by researching best practices, conducting experiments, and collaborating with industry leaders
  • Maintain and optimize production launched models

Education, Experience, and Skill Requirements:

  • 5+ experience in a statistical and/or data science role
  • Deep knowledge of machine learning, statistics, optimization or related field
  • Experience with R, Python is required, programming in C, C++,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong desire to work in cross functional teams
  • MS/PhD in computer science, statistics, or operations research or related technical discipline
  • Experience gained through college degree programs and/or certifications is applicable to above skills

Key Metrics:

  • At least one or preferably two productionized launch experience on complex data algorithms with learnings for issue faced and results achieved (or not achieved)
  • Experience working with large data sets, simulation/ optimization and distributed computing tools (SnowFlake, DataBricks, etc.)
  • Attitude to thrive in a fun, fast-paced start-up like environment

Job Family

Engineering Services


Luminant Generation Company LLC


Irving, Texas


We are a company of people committed to: Exceeding Customer Expectations, Great People, Teamwork, Competitive Spirit and Effective Communication. If this describes you, then apply today!

If you currently work for Vistra or its subsidiaries, please apply via the internal career site.

Keywords: Vistra Energy, Irving , Data Scientist, POC, Other , Irving, Texas

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