Eaton Corporation Principal Data Scientist in Southfield, Michigan

Eaton Corporation has an opening for a Principal Data Scientist for the Southfield MI location.

The Data Science Technology team has the principal goal of identifying, developing, and justifying commercialization of significant growth opportunities for diverse Eaton businesses by developing advanced data analytics technologies and applying them to intelligent devices, systems and services.

The Principal Data Scientist is expected to own the technology strategy and execution for broad applications within the Power Conversion team. This includes acquiring resources, funding and establishing key partnerships both internally and externally to drive technological advancement. They will be responsible for meeting the schedule, scope, cost and technical targets for all research and development efforts under his/her control.

The Principal Data Scientist should serve as a subject matter expert within the area of Data Science for Eaton. This includes developing and maintaining relationships with the external technical community and academia, active participation in industry or technical groups and events, publishing papers, etc. Finally as a subject matter expert internally the Principal Data Scientist will be expected to mentor junior staff and consult with internal business & engineering customers.

Essential Functions include:

  • Develop advanced machine learning, data mining and data fusion algorithms and apply them to intelligent devices, solutions and services for electrical, mechanical and hydraulic power systems.

  • Identify and validate the commercialization prospect of new data science technologies by working closely with marketing and product engineering team.

  • Leads complex global technology realization programs/projects involving multiple stakeholders external to Eaton utilizing our internal project execution processes, including Gate Reviews, Design Reviews, and Technical Reviews. (external partners include universities, National Labs, government entities, manufacturing partners, etc.)

  • Project leads are the single point of contact for the entire project. Responsible for creating, executing and tracking all the milestones for the entire project. Assigns roles and responsibilities for the project team members.

  • Program leads are responsible for setting the strategy for an entire program that can encompass multiple projects. Responsible to assign project leads and technical leads for all program activities. The single point of contact to upper management for all program activities.

  • Complexity at this level includes multiyear projects and multi-million dollar projects

  • Understand program/project risks and is able to influence key stakeholders to make pivot/persevere decisions

  • Influences, resolves and communicates major changes in projects or programs to cross functional teams across all levels in the company

  • Serve as (or support) Program Managers in the development of detailed project plans and value proposition. Lead globally diverse cross-functional project teams effectively and manage selected projects under the guidelines of our internal stage-gate process.

  • Leads the development of and owns global strategies for technology roadmaps for broad applications that are linked to and supportive of the overall CRT and business strategies.

  • Influences the business strategy and associated product roadmaps as a result of technical expertise and reputation as trusted advisor

  • Leads ideation events (Innovation Summits, Design Bursts, etc.)

  • Serves as Principal Investigator in government proposal preparation and/or project execution of large projects and those considered white space for Eaton


Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Statistics from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 10 years of industry experience.

  • 10 years of advanced machine learning and data mining technologies with applications in one of the following areas: prognostics and health management, predictive and statistical modeling, self-learning and adaptive systems.

  • 10 years of domain knowledge in at least one of the following areas: electrical grid and power systems, data center and commercial buildings, intelligent and connected vehicles, intelligent lighting systems.

Position Criteria:

  • Deep technology depth and breadth in advanced machine learning, data mining and data fusion techniques such as deep learning, boosting, random forest, SVM and etc.

  • Expertise in software development using one or more high level languages (e.g. C#/C/C++/Java) and rapid prototyping platforms (MATLAB/SIMULINK).

  • Expertise with common machine learning programming tools (e.g. R/Python/Spark)

  • Knowledge and experience with big data platforms including MS Azure and Cloudera/ORAAH

  • Proven track record for IP generation and publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

  • Proven track record in leading new technology or product introduction projects to success with multiple stakeholders in matrix organizations and strong program management skills. Experience in building production grade machine learning enabled solutions end to end is a plus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico

Organization: CTO Corporate Technology Office

Job Level: Manager

Schedule: Full-time

Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No

Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time