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PhD Fellowship - Data & Ops Research Scientist Intern (Fall 2021 or Spring 2022) Job in Grove City, Ohio US

PhD Fellowship - Data & Ops Research Scientist Intern (Fall 2021 or Spring 2022)

Principal Life Insurance Company - Grove City, OH

Posted: 9/27/2021 - Expires: 12/26/2021

Job ID: 232148224


Job Description

PhD Fellowship - Data & Ops Research Scientist Intern (Fall 2021 or Spring 2022)

Job Locations

US-IA-Des Moines | US-GA-Atlanta | US-TX-Austin | US-IA-Cedar Rapid | US-NC-Charlotte | US-OH-Columbus | US-TX-Dallas | US-TX-Houston | US-MO-Kansas City | US-WI-Madison | US-FL-Miami | ...

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Data Science & Analytics

Ent Seg


Bus Area

PGI Other

Pos Typ

Intern (Full Time)






What you'll do:

In this role, you are required to use quantitative methods, GIS, advanced mathematical models, operations research techniques, simulation and strong business acumen to deliver insight, recommendations and solutions for Principal and related businesses. You are required to formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation or other managerial functions. 


You'll play a crucial role in leading world class financial solutions, logistics and distribution capacity planning and diagnostics, network design, flow modeling and operations research on regional and global levels. You'll help drive decisions that optimize total cost, lead time on strategic and tactical, and more opportunistic levels. You will present compelling, validated stories to all levels of organization, including peers, senior management and internal customers to drive both strategic and operational changes in business.



Serve as consulting resource for quantitative sciences, experimental design and data analysis methodologies for target Principal business units.
Prepare and conduct training to Principal community on relevant topics of statistics and data science.
Maintain expertise in the proper application and use of quantitative tools for the management of Principal business unit objectives.
Serve as "power user" subject matter expert for the ongoing development and optimization of at least one critical quantitative science objective used by Principal.
Communicate opportunities for improvement of quantitative science applications to the development or maintenance teams, based on personal use or user feedback.


We're looking for someone with:

Current enrollment or has a PhD in a recognized Quantitative science field, GIS, Operations Research, all Engineering disciplines, quantitative social science fields or Mathematics or a related field
Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Analytical thinking skills
Strong influencing skills to lead alignment and adoption on process and methods
Good communication skills
People skills that will build bridges
Drive for translating business problems into research initiatives that deliver business value
Creativity in defining challenging exploratory projects and developing solutions

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience with statistics, applied mathematics, operations research, and simulation is highly desired
Expertise in probability theory, Bayesian statistics, textual analytics, queuing theory, game theory is desirable
A good understanding of algorithms and computational complexity is desirable

Additional Information

Fellowship location will be either onsite in Des Moines, IA or virtually from your location selection. Decisions on the location will be shared throughout the interview process.
Investment Code of Ethics
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Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Federal Contractor
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Education Level:
Doctoral degree
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