Job Posting: Cubs Research and Development Analyst Roles

Please note, this posting contains multiple positions.

Position: Biomechanics Analyst

Description:
The Chicago Cubs are seeking a biomechanics analyst to join the Research and Development group in Baseball Operations. This role will primarily focus on the analysis of motion-capture biomechanical data. The analyst will work closely with the player development and the R&D team to develop methods and improve the effective understanding of biomechanics and how they relate to player performance and injury prevention.

Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop and test methods and models based on kinematic and biomechanical data for the purpose of player evaluation and injury risk assessment
  • Coordinate usage and collection of data in the Cubs’ hitting and pitching labs
  • Effectively present analyses through the use of written reports and data visualization to disseminate insights to members of baseball operations
  • Collaborate with physical trainers and physiologists to implement evidence-based recommendations in areas of throwing mechanics and injury rehabilitation
  • Collaborate with coaches and player development personnel to implement evidence-based recommendations in areas of pitch and swing mechanics
  • Work with web development team to integrate new statistical analyses, models and data visualizations into Cubs web applications
  • Identify, diagnose and resolve data quality issues

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field such as applied math, engineering, statistics, physics, neuroscience, biomechanics, physiology
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with programming languages (e.g., C, Python, or R)
  • Working knowledge of motion-capture technologies, force plates, and biomechanics as they relate to baseball
  • Passion for working with new motion tracking technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To Apply:
To apply, please complete the application that can be found here.

Position: Analyst, Research & Development

Description:
The Chicago Cubs are seeking analysts to join the Research and Development group in Baseball Operations. This role will focus on conducting core research to further the knowledge-base of the Chicago Cubs. The analyst will work closely with the entirety of the R&D department to develop methods to process data, improve the effective understanding and application of data, and disseminate analytic insights throughout the organization. Analysts may focus their efforts towards collaborating with the Amateur Scouting, International Scouting, or Player Development departments as strengths dictate.

Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop, and test methods and models for the purpose of player assessment, development, and acquisition, as well as the optimization of in-game strategy
  • Effectively present analyses through the use of written reports and data visualization methods to communicate relevant findings
  • Work with web development team to integrate new statistical analyses, models, and data visualizations into Cubs web applications
  • Incorporate new analysis into existing data processes to improve automated reporting
  • Identify, diagnose, and resolve data quality issues
  • Conduct in-depth evaluations of amateur and professional prospects
  • Handle data and analysis requests from the coaching staff and other departments within Baseball Operations
  • Examine and leverage data streams from new technologies that offer innovative data solutions

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an quantitative field such as statistics, engineering, applied math, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science, operations research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with SQL and at least one statistical programming language (e.g., C, Python, MATLAB, or R)
  • Working knowledge of advanced baseball statistics
  • Familiarity with advanced statistical modeling techniques
  • Relevant experience working in baseball preferred

To Apply:
To apply, please complete the application that can be found here.

Response Expectations:
Due to the overwhelming number of applications the Cubs receive, they unfortunately may not be able to respond in person to each applicant. However, the Cubs can assure you that you will receive an email confirmation when you apply as well as additional email notifications whether you are selected to move forward for the position or not. Please note, the Cubs keep all resumes on file and will contact you should they wish to schedule an interview with you.

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