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Data Scientist

Employer
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location
Takoma Park, Maryland
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Business
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Job Description
Job SummaryASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Data Scientists develop and apply methods to identify, collect, process, and analyze large volumes of data to build and enhance products, processes, and systems. They conduct data mining and retrieval, and apply statistical and mathematical analyses to identify trends, solve analytical problems, optimize performance, and gather intelligence. They visualize information using a range of tools (e.g., GIS, R), develop scripts and algorithms, create explanatory and predictive models, and conduct comparative analyses to address complex problems.Additional Job InformationADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).Band 4 Data Scientists lead efforts to develop and apply methods to identify, collect, process, and analyze large volumes of data to build and enhance products, processes, and systems.

They apply the application of programming, statistics and visualization to glean insights from large and disparate data sources. Data Scientists understand and utilize aspects of machine learning to solve and automate classification, regression, cluster analysis, anomaly detection, association discovery, and topic modeling tasks. These scientists understand and utilize solutions with predictive patterns from data into practical, intelligent applications that anyone can use.

They visualize information using a range of tools, develop scripts and algorithms, create explanatory and predictive models and conduct comparative analyses to address complex problems.Other duties may include:* Lead and develop quantitative and qualitative analytic methods to identify, collect, process, and analyze large data sets for specified purposes.* Identify complex trends, solve analytical problems, optimize performance, and develop results through appropriate data analysis techniques (e.g., data mining and retrieval).* Develop complex applied statistics, build algorithms, and collaborating with domain experts to analyze large volumes of data to build and enhance products, processes, and systems.* Demonstrate the ability to think tactically and strategically; operate in a dynamic environment; and deliver interoperable corporate solutions.* Extensive experience in creating and maintaining geodatabases and integrating and managing foundation, intelligence, and multi-INT data into structured geodatabases.* Discover and utilize spatial data from classified and unclassified sources and existing tools or develop methods to tie spatial information to datasets where necessary.* Initiate, build and maintain professional relationships with other NGA offices and external partners to collaborate on effective data management, data dissemination, and online on-demand practices.* Lead data mining and retrieval efforts and apply statistical and mathematical analysis to identify trends, solve analytic problems, optimize performance, and gather intelligence.* Create and develop complex scripts and algorithms (e.g. Python), create explanatory and predictive models and conduct comparative analyses to address complex military and intelligence problems.* Create visualizations of information using a range of tools (e.g. Tableau, R, and ESRI Arc-GIS 10.4 suite, including model builder).* Provide excellent customer support and consultation, interacting with analytic units in a professional manner to understand their challenges, incorporate their feedback, and provide quality solutions.This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability.

To receive the incentive, selected candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility. Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive.

If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics thatare aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in this application you submitmust support the response you provide to this questionnaire.

You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required.Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.Mandatory QualificationsMANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:1. Demonstrated proficiency in applied programming or manipulation of data with a programing language such as Python, R, SQL or Java.2.

Demonstrated experience developing and deploying automated processes to identify, collect, process, and analyze large data sets.3. Demonstrated expertise with the use of data visualizations for exploratory comparative analysis by way of scripts, algorithms, or predictive models.4. Demonstrated experience cleaning, filtering, transforming data, or enriching data.As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.

If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Mathematics, Data Science, Geographic Information Science, Information Science, Informatics and Computing, Information Science, or degree that provided at least 6 semester hours in statistics, and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.

Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience that should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as: (a) intermediate and/or advanced statistics, (b) linear, semi-linear, and/or non-linear models, (c) working with a range of data types and statistical methods, or (d) data visualization capabilities.

As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years.Highly Desired QualificationsQUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:1. Experience as a proven innovator and strategic problem solver.2.

Ability to communicate technically complex methods and solutions to non-technical audiences verbally or in writing.3. Familiarity working with DoD analysts, such as geospatial or imagery analyst.4. Familiarity with cloud services as applied in the DoD and IC.5.

Demonstrated expertise with visualization techniques and software tools (i.e. Tableau, matplotlib, etc.).6. Experience in applying analytic techniques such as classification, regression, similarity matching, clustering, co-occurrence grouping, profiling, link prediction, data reduction, or causal modeling.Additional Job RequirementsYou must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information.

In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.

Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.Pay, Benefits, & Work ScheduleP...
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