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Scientist, Data, Zero Gravity Labs


This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 10, 2017.


talents Candidates (Thinking > Current World)

  • Do you have an intellectual curiosity that causes you to explore, experiment and build?
  • Do you like working with bleeding edge technology to find solutions or opportunities that push up the innovation curve?
  • Do you enjoy working in an open concept, start-up like office where collaboration, diversity and knowledge sharing are key values?
  • Do you want a role where it is encouraged that you spend time hacking and working on things outside of your deliverables?
  • If you answered yes then you should strongly consider joining our squad at Zero Gravity Labs

ZGL = Technology Business

Zero Gravity Labs is the innovation and experimentation arm behind LoyaltyOne, one of the global leaders in customer influence. We relentlessly explore, experiment and pursue whats next in the world of retail, banking, analytics and customer influence. We are a highly motivated group of Scientists and Business Leaders working in small agile teams to drive new thinking, solutions and understanding.

We embark on discoveries related to big data (customer, transactional, pricing etc), machine learning, Cloud – from data mining and optimization algorithms, to modeling and analyzing massive flows of signals from online, social, mobile and brick + mortar commerce.

We believe that doing beats talking, that data is better than opinions and that the best teams are ones that are diverse and collaborate freely.

f (Researches, Experiments, Prototypes) dv

  • Working as a Scientist at Zero Gravity Labs is a highly visible and important role with a great deal of autonomy to try new ideas, tools and technologies.
  • The ideas, prototypes and knowledge coming from Zero Gravity Labs is used to help all of LoyaltyOnes businesses (which serve millions of consumers globally) understand the impact of a wide array of emerging concepts in technology (e.g. machine learning, blockchain), cloud platforms, scripting/programming languages, data analysis, workforce trends and technology, mobile payments and more.
  • You will work within a small agile team that will form and reshape for different experiments across different technologies. Your work will span across 4 month semesters with each semester focusing on a specific technology and/or opportunity. You will work with multiple technologies, frameworks and teammates each semester.
  • You will work out of our cool brick and beam office in beautiful downtown Toronto. We are steps from public transit and situated close to some of the citys best shopping and restaurants.

g ( lim potential ) = You


  • You are extremely intellectually curious and not afraid to try new tools, techniques and technology
  • You thrive in an environment of autonomy, have sound judgment and can keep yourself and project on track
  • You are able to move from experiment to experiment and technology to technology without becoming too attached or married to your work
  • You bring positive energy to your team, like working in an agile and collaborative environment and value diversity in your teammates
  • You want to be a part of a well-funded start-up culture where there is less rigidity, hierarchy and where you have a bigger sphere of influence
  • You are someone looking for solving difficult problems, bouncing ideas off of and providing a new viewpoint.

Work Play = Fun

  • Research, design and experimentation with data theories, algorithms and modelling techniques to push forward on innovations
  • Work with high dimensional and dynamic data to build continually learning systems
  • Designing and executing multiple experiments over a time-boxed period in order to produce further knowledge, code or prototypes
  • Updating and sharing your experiments, findings and research with other lines of business
  • Growing the knowledge of your teammates and ZGL co-ops
  • Participating in events (e.g. meetups, networking, recruiting) and evangelizing Zero Gravity Labs in various communities



  • Data theories and machine learning
  • Programming language – both functional and object oriented
  • Basic distributed computing framework
  • General Cloud concept – AWS, Azure or Google Cloud
  • Prefer candidates with prior experience in skunkwork teams

1 = 0….

  • MSc, PhD, Postdoc


  • Grilled cheese lunches and daily gourmet coffee
  • Team outings and terrific swag
  • Flexible hours and strong work life balance
  • Great health and wellness benefits
  • RRSP matching
  • Corporate stock (ADS) purchase plan

Alliance Data is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Accordingly, we will make reasonable accommodations to respond to the needs of people with disabilities in accordance with legislation.

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