Data Scientist - Entry to Expert Level (MD, HI, CO)

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on February 8, 2024
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At NSA Data Science is a broad field, and a team effort, spanning all the expertise needed to derive value from data. As a Data Scientist, you will uses elements of mathematics, statistics, computer science, and application-specific knowledge to gather, make, and communicate principled conclusions from data. You will employ your mathematical science, computer science, and quantitative analysis skills to develop solutions to complex data problems and take full advantage of NSA's capabilities to tackle the highest priority challenges. Responsibilities include: - Exploring data analysis and model-fitting to reveal data features of interest - Using the machine-learned predictive modeling - Constructing usable data sets from multiple sources to meet customer needs - Identifying and analyzing anomalous data (including metadata) - Developing conceptual design and models to address mission requirements - Developing qualitative and quantitative methods for characterizing datasets in various states - Performing analytic modeling, scripting, and/or programming - Working collaboratively and iteratively throughout the data-science lifecycle - Designing and developing analytics and techniques for analysis - Analyzing data using mathematical and statistical methods - Evaluating, documenting, and communicating research processes, analyses, and results to customers, peers, and leadership - Creating interpretable visualizations
The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning along with excellent analytical, problem-solving, communication (oral and written), and interpersonal skills who is: - Accountable - Proactive - Detail oriented - Able to solve complex problems - Proficient with critical thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations - Effective at working in a collaborative team environment - Able to bridge the gap with both technical and non-technical audiences Knowledge, skills, and relevant experience in one or more of the following is required: - Designing and implementing machine learning - Data mining - Advanced analytical algorithms - Programming - Data science - Advanced statistical analysis - Artificial Intelligence - Computational science - Software engineering - Data engineering
Pay: Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Salary Range: $79,735 - $191,900 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert) Salary range varies by location, work level, and relevant experience to the position. This position is hiring for Maryland, Hawaii, and Colorado. On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Benefits: NSA offers excellent benefits to include relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, paid personal fitness time, training and continuing education classes, health and life insurance, Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and a Federal retirement plan. Work Schedule: This is a full-time position, Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirement between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (flexible).
Depending on the skill-sets currently in demand, newly hired Data Scientists may be assigned to a mission office, or alternatively enrolled in the three-year Data Science Development Program (DSDP) in which they will both broaden and specialize their data science skills by taking courses and touring with a variety of mission offices (each for several months). In either case you will work with NSA experts in data science, related technical domains, and specialized subject areas. You will have opportunities to participate in internal technical roundtables, and to attend technical conferences with experts from industry and academia.
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