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Data Scientist - Innovation Center - OH, PA, W VA, NJ. MD


Akron, OH, US, 44308

Job Function:  Scientific
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  30504

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.


FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of 3,780 megawatts.


About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co. a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [SC00]


The position is within the FE Innovation Center and reports to the Manager, Analytics. It can be located throughout the service territory with regular travel required.


This position will use machine learning, artificial intelligence, and statistical methods to answer critical questions for business units. Using quantitative models, this position will generate and test hypotheses, explore datasets, develop data pipelines, and build accurate predictive models to produce actionable insights.


A successful candidate should be excited by creating complex models, have strong communication skills to understand business needs and translate them into valid research questions, be excited by innovation and new ideas, and have a passion for learning.


There are two openings.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work with business stakeholders to generate and test hypotheses that answer business questions
  • Deepen understanding of utilities structure and operations to more effectively answer the right question
  • Build and maintain models to enable and improve data-driven decision making
  • Mine complex data to identify patterns and trends
  • Perform hands-on text, quantitative, statistical, financial, and operational analysis
  • Build and test machine learning algorithms, forecasting/predictive algorithms, and optimization models
  • Apply best available practices for artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Identify new data sources and evaluate emerging technologies for data discovery and model development.




  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline such as Data Science, Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Economics, or Engineering with minimum 4 years relevant work experience required OR Master’s degree with 2 years relevant work experience required OR PhD with 0-2 years relevant work experience required. Relevant work experience will include data analytics or data science or economic/quantitative research roles.
  • Experience with programming languages, such as Python, R, and SQL
  • Ability to design experiments and research questions to accurately determine causal relationships using appropriate techniques such as regression modelling or time series modelling
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques and their applications
  • Experience with big data tools (e.g. TensorFlow, Python, Hadoop, Spark).
  • Experience in at least one programming language or statistical software package such as Python, R, Stata, or Matlab. Familiarity with linear regression modelling and other statistical techniques such as t-tests, least squares, confidence intervals.
  • Familiarity with machine learning models such as decision trees, random forests, and neural networks and evaluation metrics like F1 score and ROC AUC
  • Experience working with large datasets.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate a variety of ideas for solutions
  • Ability to learn, grow and work across FirstEnergy and deliver results
  • Experience in building positive relationships and working with peers cross-functionally, demonstrating teamwork and collaboration
  • Ability to manage ambiguity and competing needs to prioritize work appropriately
  • Ability to appropriately manage conflict and work through difficult situations as needed
  • Willingness to travel throughout organization and service territory and work extended hours, as required
  • Utility specific experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).



Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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