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Koch Minerals & Trading Data Scientist Intern – Summer 2023



Who are we? 

At Koch Industries, our mission is to help people improve their lives by making and innovating valuable products and services. But Koch Industries isn’t just Koch. We have a variety of companies that work in many industries and create thousands of essential products that you use every day. Industry leaders like Georgia-Pacific, Invista, and Guardian manufacture many of the materials that go into your home. We even have companies who create transformative technology and fuel transportation, like Infor, Molex and Flint Hills Resources! 

Koch has been consistently selected as one of the top 100 Internship Programs in the U.S by WayUp. The internship opportunity will be a 12-week program running from late-May to early August 2023. 

At Koch, we believe that everyone should be an entrepreneur no matter what role they are in. As an intern, co-op, or new graduate there are countless opportunities for you to be challenged, have your voice heard and gain real experience within our companies. Sound exciting? Do you want to be a part of meaningful work? Kickstart your career with us by applying today! 

Koch Minerals & Trading is looking for a Data Scientist to join our Data Science Team in Houston, TX. The Data Science Team at KM&T partners with trading groups to find practical applications for machine learning and other specialized technologies that contribute to our profitability. The Data Scientist will be responsible for leveraging large, complex datasets to gain an objective view of commodities markets. They will evaluate and develop trading strategies based on their insights and inform the development of analytical systems that streamline the process of generating ideas. Further, they will experiment with new techniques and datasets to expand the capabilities of the Data Science team. 

Working on the Data Science Team at KM&T provides individuals many opportunities to own multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic and fast-paced global trading environment. 

The successful candidate will have the following attributes: 

  • Experience in working with time series data 

  • Advanced analytical skills 

  • High sense of urgency 

  • Interpersonal skills to work directly with traders and analysts 

  • Great team player 

  • Ability to work independently and remain highly motivated and self-directed 

What You Will Do in Your Role 

  • Work closely with analysts, traders, developers, and other data scientists to develop powerful analysis, models, and analytical solutions 

  • Identify and collect relevant datasets along with Analysts and Developers 

  • Design and upkeep explanatory data models 

  • Design and evaluate trading strategies 

  • Produce predictive models and maintain forecast datasets 

  • Promote a culture of experimentation that challenges conventional financial modelling 

The Experience You Will Bring 


  • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Data Science, Business Analytics, Statistics, Financial Engineering, or related field 

  • Experience working with time series and advanced statistics 

  • Experience in designing experiments and conducting independent research  

  • Experience with visualization tools such as Tableau, Plotly, Power BI, etc. 

  • This role is not eligible for employment based sponsorship 

What Will Put You Ahead 

  • Experience with programming Python and libraries such as NumPy, SciPy, pandas, matplotlib, seaborn, scikit-learn, keras/TensorFlow, stats model 

  • Experience in a commodities trading environment 

  • Experience developing machine learning pipelines in cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) 

  • Experience with distributed computing, system design, and web development 

  • Experience with Scrum/Agile/Kanban 

  • Experience with source control 

  • Experience with SQL or SQL like languages 

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy. 

Koch-company full time interns/co-ops are eligible for a comprehensive medical plan that comes with prescription drug coverage and expert resources including second opinions and surgery support as well as weight and diabetes management. We focus on making healthcare resources available through advanced apps, from the comfort of home. With enrollment in the medical plan you have access to a tax-free savings opportunity for healthcare expenses (Heath Savings Account). 

You and all members of your household are automatically enrolled in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for professional mental health counseling, financial and legal consultations and concierge-level support for work-life balance like help finding child, elder or pet care – at no cost to you. 

Want to Learn More?  

Let’s keep the conversation going! Visit our website and connect with us on LinkedIn to learn more information about the Koch Companies. 

Salary and Benefits Commensurate with Experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test. This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf 

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