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Sr OR & Advanced Analytics Specialist (Data Scientist)

Date: Dec 4, 2018

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.

Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 02/01/2019
Number of Positions: 6 
Salary Range: $86,601 - $118,900



  • The Operations Research and Advanced Analytics group is responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad.
  • Our group leverages cutting-edge technologies in areas such optimization, simulation, machine learning, deep learning, image recognition, and cognitive computing to tackle these problems and add significant value to our business. 
  • Over the years, our team has developed into a tight-knit group of colleagues and friends.  This creates a collaborative environment which puts each and every team member on a path to realizing their full potential.
  • In just the past two years, our efforts have been recognized in the following ways:
    •  2018 INFORMS Prize Winner
    •  Finalist for the 2018 Innovative Applications In Analytics Award
    •  Finalist for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice



  • Interfacing with internal customers to understand the business and identify opportunities for improvement using data analytics.
  • Interfacing with BNSF Technology Services personnel to understand existing data structures and IT processes.
  • Extracting and cleaning large volumes of data to derive insights that can be used for process improvements.
  • Identifying solution techniques and implementing them independently, with external vendors, through academic alliances, or with BNSF Technology Services teams.
  • Working with end-users to validate and enhance the insights from analysis.
  • Identifying and initiating new projects.
  • Communicating status and findings to senior management and multiple teams.
  • Developing data analytics models to solve business problems.
  • Keeping current with research and techniques in the field of data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. 
  • The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.



  • A Ph.D. degree in Statistics/Computer Science/Applied Math/related field or a Masters with at least 2-3 years of data analytics experience. Ph.D. is preferred.
  • Very strong programming skills and expertise with languages such as R, Python, Julia, or SAS
  • Experience with an object-oriented programming language (such as Java, C++, or C#) is a plus.
  • Experience with statistical, machine learning, deep learning, and data visualization packages/frameworks such as Pandas, NumPy, scikit-learn, ggplot, Theano, Tensorflow, Caffe, MxNet, PyTorch
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to identify underlying problems and appropriate techniques for solving them.
  • Ability to manipulate and extract information from very large, complex data sets.
  • Practical experience applying quantitative statistical techniques to solve real-world problems.


BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program

BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.


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  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

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