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Data Scientist (Mining), RACE21


Sparwood, BC, CA

Closing Date: September 1, 2019


Reporting to the Manager, Technology Delivery as part of the RACE21 digital transformation team, the Mining Data Scientist will plan, design, develop, and deliver machine learning-based products as part of an integrated team to improve performance of Teck’s operations worldwide.


The bulk of the work will be in data exploration and preparation, machine learning (ML) modelling, design of solution architecture and operationalization of advanced analytical tools. The role would be based out of Sparwood, BC.




  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor Teck’s safety and environmental policies and procedures
  • Assess opportunities to apply advanced analytics to optimizing the drill and blast and haulage productivity across Teck’s operations; design and drive the implementation of Machine Learning and Data Analytics solutions to optimize safety, productivity, and sustainability:
    • Effectively plan projects and communicate project status, emerging issues, and next steps to relevant stakeholders in the organization
    • Analyze and profile large, complex, multi-dimensional datasets with a variety of tools
    • Use data science techniques to find data patterns, anomalies, and optimization opportunities
    • Solve complex data analytics problems with operations and specialist stakeholders by designing, developing and implementing sustainable data science solutions
  • Interpret, translate and communicate analytical findings to business stakeholders using effective and relevant visualizations




  • Advanced degree in business analytics, statistics, operations research, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering
  • 2+ years of relevant hands-on experience in planning, developing and launching advanced analytics and machine learning projects. Experience or education in mining engineering would be an asset
  • Ability to work well as part of agile, multidisciplinary teams that include both Teck operations and support personnel and external partner companies
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, flexible environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Python. Additional programming languages such as Java, R, Microsoft .NET, C#, and SQL would be an asset
  • A deep understanding of a variety of statistical concepts, machine learning approaches, clustering and classification techniques, and recommendation and optimization algorithms
  • Experience with popular machine learning frameworks and libraries (xgboost/lightGBM, Keras, Tensorflow, airflow, pandas, numpy, etc)
  • Experience with popular optimization framework and libraries (Gurobi, IBM Cplex and MiniZinc, etc)
  • Experience with version control using Git and Code Collaboration practices
  • Working knowledge of enterprise-grade cloud computing platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform
  • Familiarity with designing experiments and collecting data for deriving data analytics insights and problem-solving
  • Front end development knowledge would be an asset
  • Interest in the mining industry and knowledge of systems used in engineering, operations, process control, environment and maintenance functions
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time to mine sites in southern British Columbia and Vancouver HQ
  • Valid class five driver’s license with a clean driving record


At Teck, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution.


Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Your application to this posting is deemed to be your consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Teck respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information.


Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK.


The pursuit of sustainability guides Teck’s approach to business. Teck is building partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges within the regions in which it operates and at the global level. In 2018, Teck was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the ninth straight year, indicating that Teck’s sustainability practices rank in the top 10 per cent of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.


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