SPEDx - Atlanta, GA - Full time


SPEDx is on a mission to help students with learning, behavior, and attention issues attain the most extraordinary successes in school and beyond. We do that through data science--uncovering insights that accelerate students’ progress and creating ingenious products and services that bring these insights to scale. SPEDx is a new Atlanta-based startup looking for curious and brilliant individuals to join our founding team. Together, we’ll help create a world where disability status is unrelated to have having great success in life--and have a fun time doing it.

Lead Data Scientist

The Lead Data Scientist is a key position in our growing organization and is responsible setting our data science strategy and building a team of data scientists powerhouses. The ideal candidate is motivated by solving challenging, seemingly intractable problems through his or her analytical prowess. Our candidate naturally questions conventional wisdom and the status quo and sees possibility where others simply cannot. He or she is a gifted storyteller, adept coder, super boss, and expertly skilled in data aggregation and cognitive computing.

Who You Are

You’ve had experience working in a start-up environment, are extremely comfortable with ambiguity, and yearn to build something great from nothing. You bring at least seven years experience in big data, data aggregation, and software development. You know how to strike a strategic vision and attract others to it quickly. You lead others by being in the trenches along with them--doing the work and operating from a strengths-based perspective. You view delegating responsibility as a way to foster learning and self-development rather than just being efficient. And, you are obsessive about meeting performance goals. You are able to work fluidly with other teams and go out of your way to obliterate siloed work and thinking. You’ve been successful at building applications, but know your true passion is in deep data science work. You relish in working with unstructured, messy data and you probably use “munging” regularly in conversation. You’ve may have had some experience with projects in population health, biomedical trails, national security, or education. Lastly, you have a high-degree of cultural competence and a strong, personal connection to people with disabilities.


Education & Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in a relevant quantitative field, ideally in an Internet company (We will consider less years of experience with outstanding references and a stunning record of accomplishments)
  • PhD (strongly preferred)/MS in quantitative degree--computer science, math, physics, statistics, economics (or similar).


  • Strong knowledge in Python, Java, Scala, C++ in Linux/Unix, and R. Preference that you are highly knowledgeable in numerous languages
  • Experience with Artificial Neural Networks and Deep learning
  • Experience with Hadoop, Hive, and Pig
  • 3+ years experience in data analytics, data mining, and machine learning (in Python/Java/R)
  • Advanced understanding of statistical concepts and deep experience with predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Knowledge in distributed computing frameworks like Apache Spark
  • Strong product intuition and experience in a technical, engineering, or R&D role


  • 2+ year of team management experience
  • Management consulting experience with a top ten firm a plus
  • Availability to travel 15-20%
  • Extraordinary communication skills

Subject Matter Expertise (desired)

  • Knowledge of special education, public education, or population health


  • Work with purpose -- you have the potential to positively change the trajectory of children with special needs in the US and beyond
  • 100% company paid medical/dental/vision; 70% dependent coverage
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and a common seven-day winter break
  • Your choice between Mac or PC
  • Work from home days
  • Casual dress
  • Free parking
  • Commuter benefits
  • Monthly cell phone and fitness allowance
  • Work in a lively, fun, and beautifully appointed co-working space with breakfast, snacks, and beverages daily located in Midtown’s Ponce City Market


$115,000 + $10K signing bonus


  • Position is based in Atlanta, GA
  • Please no agencies
  • We are not able to support highly qualified candidates for work visas at this time.
  • People with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please forward cover letter (we take this letter very seriously in the screening process), resume, and portfolio URL to richard@spedx.com

SPEDx provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SPEDx complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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