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Senior Ontologist

Engineering | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Global food security is top of mind here for us at Gro Intelligence. The world could face a food deficit of 214 trillion calories per year by 2027!  We believe the key to ensuring cheap and abundant food is data --  enabling discovery, analysis, predictions, and better decision-making in food and agriculture. That’s why we’ve built Gro, the largest agricultural data and analytics platform – with hundreds of trillions of data points from sources all over the world, a number that is doubling every six months. Our blog posts give a good sense of how this data can be used.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Ontologist with a great balance of precision and pragmatism to design and implement product and domain-specific ontologies that semantically enrich Gro’s core knowledge models. You will have the opportunity to work with leading domain experts, engineers and data scientists to make a difference in meeting the world’s growing demand for cheap, abundant food.

What You'll Do: 

  • Fluently translate natural language and business jargon into precise, complex knowledge representations

  • Synthesize and arbitrate disparate views of a knowledge domain

  • Design and deploy ontologies, models and other structures to identify and fill knowledge gaps in the representation of entities, relations and processes related to agriculture

  • Assist in developing tooling to support capture of domain concepts and to allow model/ontology extension by subject matter experts

  • Support technology team as they integrate heterogeneous unstructured, semi-structured, and well-structured data into a master repository

  • Work with subject matter experts to develop graph-based semantic models which capture knowledge about diverse real-world scenarios

What You Have: 

  • BA or BS in Library Science, Information Science, Computer Science or a related field

  • 6+ years of experience in data governance, ontology and taxonomy development

  • Master's Degree strongly preferred

  • Experience with Basic Formal Ontology or another upper-level ontology

  • Proficiency with RDF, OWL, SPARQL or similar technologies

  • Experience presenting complex topics in a concise way to executive management

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with triple stores and graph stores

  • Proficiency in data analysis, semantic modeling, knowledge and ontology engineering

  • Strong logical and conceptual reasoning, strong attention to detail

  • Experience in scripting, preferably using Python

  • Experience using ontologies to support data integration

Gro Intelligence is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.