Job Posting: Kansas City Royals Senior Researcher, Baseball Research & Development

Position: Senior Researcher, Baseball Research & Development

Job Summary:
The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated and creative Senior Researcher to develop models and methodologies for use in decision-making by members of baseball operations. The ideal applicant will possess knowledge of data-driven techniques for use in leveraging baseball data to provide a competitive edge and innovative solutions to the Kansas City Royals.

Reports to the Assistant General Manager, Research and Development


  • Leverage statistical learning techniques to improve player evaluation and forecasting
  • Develop novel research ideas and work with other members of baseball operations to cultivate curiosity regarding baseball data
  • Implement project management best practices and mentor other analysts throughout the research and modeling phases of projects
  • Evaluate existing infrastructure for continual improvements and codebase maintenance
  • Communicate R&D products to non-technical stakeholders and utilize their feedback to improve and iterate on tools


  • Graduate degree or two years’ work experience in statistics, computer science, machine learning, mathematics or a related field
  • Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours during the baseball season is a must
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills and ability to interact and work with staff at all levels
  • Ability to recognize and maintain confidentiality of work materials and issues as appropriate
  • Knowledge and understanding of baseball and/or baseball data
  • Proficiency with some of the following tools and/or software:
    • Python, R, or similar
    • SQL


  • Comfort with machine learning frameworks such as Tensorflow or PyTorch
  • Experience modeling and visualizing large sets of time series data
  • Knowledge of Bayesian frameworks such as Stan or Tensorflow Probability
  • Proficiency in Django, HTML, JavaScript, CSS and other web development frameworks

To Apply:
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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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