Zachary Ernst left a tenured position as a philosophy professor to work in the start up Narrative Science. Now, Ernst works for the company Civis Analytics as a data engineer. Given the increasing role of data science in lots of domains, I thought it would be interesting to interview him again (see here for an earlier interview for his position at Narrative Science, and here for an interview for his job at Trunk Club).
HDC: You’re a philosopher by training, and you work as a data engineer. Can you tell me something about the path that took you there?
ZE: I did my PhD work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I specialized in philosophy of biology, with an emphasis in logic. I enjoyed graduate school a lot, and had a very positive experience throughout. My first job was a tenure-track position at Florida State University, where I stayed for three years. Then I moved to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I received tenure.