EMIR Research is a think tank focused on data-driven policy research, centered around principles of Engagement, Moderation, Innovation and Rigour. We are particularly interested in promoting a middle ground approach to politics and governance, and our areas of interest cover a wide spectrum of Malaysian current affairs. We are always on the lookout for Malaysia’s best and brightest. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

We are looking for a Data Scientist who will support our product, sales, leadership and marketing teams with insights gained from analyzing company data. The ideal candidate is adept at using large data sets to find opportunities for product and process optimization and using models to test the effectiveness of different courses of action. They must have strong experience using a variety of data mining/data analysis methods, using a variety of data tools, building and implementing models, using/creating algorithms and creating/running simulations. They must have a proven ability to drive business results with their data-based insights. They must be comfortable working with a wide range of stakeholders and functional teams. The right candidate will have a passion for discovering solutions hidden in large data sets and working with stakeholders to improve business outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with stakeholders throughout the organization to identify opportunities for leveraging company data to drive business solutions.
  • Mine and analyze data from company databases to drive optimization and improvement of product development, marketing techniques and business strategies.
  • Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
  • Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets.
  • Use predictive modeling to increase and optimize customer experiences, revenue generation, ad targeting and other business outcomes.
  • Develop company A/B testing framework and test model quality.
  • Coordinate with different functional teams to implement models and monitor outcomes.
  • Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy.

 

Qualification and Skills

  • Strong problem solving skills with an emphasis on product development.
  • Experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SLQ, etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Experience working with and creating data architectures.
  • Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for coordinating across teams.
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques.
  • We’re looking for someone with 5-7 years of experience manipulating data sets and building statistical models, has a Master’s or PHD in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or another quantitative field, and is familiar with the following software/tools:
    • Coding knowledge and experience with several languages: C, C++, Java,
    • JavaScript, etc.
    • Knowledge and experience in statistical and data mining techniques: GLM/Regression, Random Forest, Boosting, Trees, text mining, social network analysis, etc.
    • Experience querying databases and using statistical computer languages: R, Python, SLQ, etc.
    • Experience using web services: Redshift, S3, Spark, DigitalOcean, etc.
    • Experience creating and using advanced machine learning algorithms and statistics: regression, simulation, scenario analysis, modeling, clustering, decision trees, neural networks, etc.
    • Experience analyzing data from 3rd party providers: Google Analytics, Site Catalyst, Coremetrics, Adwords, Crimson Hexagon, Facebook Insights, etc.
    • Experience with distributed data/computing tools: Map/Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, Spark, Gurobi, MySQL, etc.
    • Experience visualizing/presenting data for stakeholders using: Periscope, Business Objects, D3, ggplot, etc.

 

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We are looking for a Research Analyst is able to demonstrate strength in qualitative and/or quantitative research, with interest in sharpening their existing research competencies as well as learning other methodologies. An expert in data driven analysis, well-versed in analytics and data science.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Possess an interest in policy research and the multi-faceted causes and potential solutions to the issues tackled in this field.
  • Responsible for processing research datasets including data cleaning and validation and producing appropriate data output for research findings.
  • Using analytical expertise to define research requirements to colleagues and the research team.
  • Assist in analyzing data and preparing reports and presentations for clients.
  • The Research Analyst has expertise in facets of media research, including audience measurement and current issues and trends.
  • Able to analyze, interpret and visualize data with client needs in mind.
  • Work cross-functionally with data analysis and report research findings.
  • Deploy online survey research and analysis.
  • Work collaboratively with the research team to craft research reports that are data-driven, insightful and visually compelling.
  • Stay updated on the latest changes on the digital platforms and communicate the implications across the organisation.
  • Undertake all regular reporting as required. Ensure that reports are consistent, clear, accurate and timely.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by line manager on a permanent or temporary basis.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably a Master’s degree or professional qualification in Economy, Finance, Political Science, Education, Social Science or similar field with 2-4 years of professional work experience.
  • Sound judgement, responsible and with solid work ethic
  • Strong background in a science, engineering or econometrics field of study (e.g. Mathematics/ Statistics/ Business Analytics/ Financial Engineering/ Computer Science – preferred but not mandatory)
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to distill data into important, relevant ”so what’s” for research team
  • Demonstrated poise, maturity, and judgment in dealing with team members
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with particular attention to precision of language and ability to organize information logically.
  • Tech and research tools savvy

 

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We are looking for a Research Associate who is able to contribute in shaping a truly unique agency through the creation of data-oriented insights in a moderate and engaging way and work across a range of clients to provide inspiring insights to planners, to clients and to the industry; to act as an ambassador for EMIR Research team at all times.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To embed within the research planning and research team
  • To develop a good working knowledge of the company’s proprietary research tools (to develop insights and support planners on using and applying them).
  • To develop your primary research skills, both qualitative and quantitative, including:
    • Questionnaire design
    • Quantitative analyses (SPSS. AMOS etc.)
    • To determine what research and insights currently available and identify the knowledge gaps
    • Be able to synthesize information from a variety of fields and connect them to research within a Malaysian context
    • Participate in new research pitches

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably a Master’s degree or professional qualification in Economy, Finance, Political Science, Education, Social Science or similar field with 2-4 years of professional work experience.
  • Experience with co and data analysis with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and administrative management skills
  • A positive outgoing attitude with good interpersonal skills, and the ability to build strong professional relationships with both local and global stakeholders
  • Tech and research tools savvy

 

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We are looking for a Research Assistant who possess an interest in policy research and the multi-faceted causes and potential solutions to the issues tackled in this field; and be able to demonstrate strength in qualitative and/or quantitative research, with interest in sharpening existing research competencies as well as learning other methodologies. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To learn and master the research basics and undertake project management tasks with supervision by a senior team member.
  • To be an effective team member to the research division, in the design, set up and management of quantitative and qualitative research projects and administrative tasks.
  • Work closely with Research Analyst to check simple data accurately and make logical recommendations
  • Draft basic proposals, reports and presentations, displaying appropriate knowledge for experience level.
  • Maintain client relationships by liaising effectively with clients on project-related information and progress updates/preparing weekly reports; measure to be set through review process.
  • Keep abreast of current research trends, in order to develop personal skills/knowledge base.
  • Keenness to learn and proactive about self-development and development of others

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Economy, Finance, Political Science, Education, Social Science or similar field.
  • Possess strong writing skills and are fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills with ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and administrative management skills
  • Tech and research tools savvy
  • Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply

 

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We are currently looking for Research Interns to assist in conducting primary research and data entry. Capable interns may also be trained to write analytical op-eds for publication in local media.

EMIR Research is most suited to young individuals interested in pursuing careers related to research, academia, media, governance or politics. Working here will provide such individuals with high level exposure as well as rare opportunities to network and build important relationships.

Individuals from various backgrounds are invited to apply, especially students and recent graduates. A modest stipend may be available for qualified individuals.

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