Fantastic opportunity to practice data science and oversee an open-source data collection activity for a government customer in Washington D.C. (Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling). The position leads a team of data engineers and collectors that focus on open-source data extraction, transformation, storage, and analysis to gain valuable mission-specific insights from the data. The scientist will work closely with data engineers to improve data pipelines, semantic models, database stores, and query methods; and communicate insights gained and recommend ways-forward to both the team and customer.
[KEY SKILLS: “Data Science”, “Statistics”, “Open Source Data Analysis”, “Big Data”, “Cloud Technology”, “Leadership and Communication Skills”]
The Senior Data Scientist will be able to perform the following tasks:
Extract features from large data stores containing open source publicly/commercially available information (PAI/CAI) in a wide range of possible formats, including JSON, XML, raw text logs, industry-specific encodings, and graph link data. Such data often contains bad records, partial records, errors, or other forms of “noising.”
Use software tools and write interface and query routines to support analysis of data drawn from natural language processing and computer vision to identify objects in text, image, video, and audio files.
Execute data science methods using common programming/scripting languages: Python, Java, R (statistics).
Develop operational analytics that result in workflow efficiency and/or extract new insights from collected data holdings. Leveraging available technology, work closely with data engineers and collectors to bridge the activity’s technical gaps, optimize data extraction; and lead/help the team to create, validate, and implement data models to solve problems and answer questions.
Apply descriptive and inferential statistics to describe data and make predictions about the data, including statistical tests to determine confidence for a hypothesis, common summary statistics (e.g. mean, variance, and counts), fit distributions to datasets and use those distributions to predict event likelihoods. Also, enhance open source collection requirements and support data evaluation objectives through statistical analysis and providing subject matter expertise during evaluation exercises.
The data scientist will be required to convey his/her findings through scientific visualization, written products, oral briefings, and interactive data visualization to both technical and non-technical customers.
Senior Data Scientist Required Experience & Skills:
- Must be a US Citizen with an active TS clearance with SCI eligibility and willing to submit to a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph
- Bachelor’s degree in applicable field (data science, computer science, mathematics, computational analytics, computational finance, engineering, etc.)
- Data Science experience (10+ years)
- Understanding of open source “big data” analytic methodologies and technologies
- Project Management experience
- Expert use of Python and SQL
- Advanced use of R and other statistical software
Senior Data Scientist Preferred Experience & Skills:
Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set that you could succeed in the role. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.
- Active TS-SCI security clearance
- CI polygraph taken within past 5 years
- Master’s degree in applicable field (data science, computer science, mathematics, computational analytics, etc.)
- Experience with Scala
- Experience using software related to natural language processing, computer vision, signal processing, and speech recognition
- Experience with parallel/distributed computing software development
- Some or all of the following: deeplearning4j, Torch, Tensor Flow, Caffe, Neon, NVIDIA CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN), OpenCV, and distributed data processing frameworks (e.g. Hadoop (including HDFS, Hbase, Hive, Impala, Giraph, Sqoop), Spark (including MLib, GraphX, SQL and Dataframes)
- Background in geospatial data science
- Parallel/distributed computing
- Project Management experience (3+ years)
- Prior Intelligence Community work experience
- CI polygraph taken within past 5 years
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