Data Scientist

  • National Geospatial IntelligenceAgency
  • 998 E Gannon Dr, Festus, MO 63028, USA
  • Nov 09, 2020
[Information Technology]

Job Description

Job Summary ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Data Scientistsdevelop and apply methods to identify, collect, process, andanalyze large volumes of data to build and enhance products,processes, and systems. They conduct data mining and retrieval, andapply statistical and mathematical analyses to identify trends,solve analytical problems, optimize performance, and gatherintelligence. They visualize information using a range of tools(e.g., GIS, R), develop scripts and algorithms, create explanatoryand predictive models, and conduct comparative analyses to addresscomplex problems. Additional Job Information ADDITIONALINFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant, accurateand actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's civilian,military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps, charts,multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain, elevation andgravity - and the full spectrum of visible and invisible light inorder to help users visualize what is happening at a particularplace and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond describing'what, where and when' to revealing 'how and why.' Our work enablesdecision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters, intelligenceprofessionals and first responders. Data Scientists apply theapplication of programming, statistics and visualization to gleaninsights from large and disparate data sources. Data Scientistsunderstand and utilize aspects of machine learning to solve andautomate classification, regression, cluster analysis, anomalydetection, association discovery, and topic modeling tasks. DataScientists understand and utilize solutions with predictivepatterns from data into practical, intelligent applications thatanyone can use. They can utilize rich toolsets to help userscreate, rapidly experiment, fully automate, and manage machinelearning workflows to power intelligent applications. They produceintelligence using geospatial methodologies and spatio-temporaldata derived from imagery, intelligence databases, and otherclassified and unclassified sources in support of nationalsecurity. They are intelligence analysts who use theirunderstanding of geographic information science and technology,spatial thinking, remote sensing, intelligence issues, spatialrelationships and visualization techniques and the social andphysical sciences to create information, characterize events, anddiscover relationships and trends. They produce descriptive andpredictive analyses and communicate findings as written, visual,and/or oral geospatial intelligence. Other duties may include: *Develop and apply quantitative and qualitative analytic methods toidentify, collect, process, and analyze large data sets forspecified purposes; * Identify trends, solves analytical problems,optimizes performance, and develop results through appropriate dataanalysis techniques (e.g., data mining and retrieval); * Useapplied statistics, build algorithms, and collaborating with domainexperts to analyze large volumes of data to build and enhanceproducts, processes, and systems * Possess the ability to thinktactically and strategically; operate in a dynamic environment; anddeliver interoperable corporate solutions. * They will haveextensive experience in building and maintaining geodatabases andintegrating and managing foundation, intelligence, and multi-INTdata into structured geodatabases. * Seek out spatial data fromclassified and unclassified sources and utilize existing tools ordevelop methods to tie spatial information to datasets wherenecessary. * Builds and maintains professional relationships withother NGA offices and external partners to collaborate on effectivedata management, data dissemination, and online on-demand practices* Conduct data mining and retrieval and apply statistical andmathematical analysis to identify trends, solve analytic problems,optimize performance, and gather intelligence. * Develop scriptsand algorithms (e.g. Python), create explanatory and predictivemodels and conduct comparative analyses to address complex militaryand intelligence problems. * Support the visualization ofinformation using a range of tools (e.g. Tableau, R, and ESRIArc-GIS 10.4 suite, including model builder). * Provide excellentcustomer support and interact with analytic units in a professionalmanner to help understand their challenges, incorporate theirfeedback, and provide quality solutions. Additional ApplicationRequirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessmentsin addition to the application you submit on this website as partof your application to NGA. These assessments may include but arenot limited to: * Online questionnaires or assessments that requireyou to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, orother characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory anddesirable qualifications of this job posting. The information youprovide in the application you submit must support the response youprovide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email todescribe any additional assessments required. Please monitor youremails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.Mandatory Qualifications MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For thisparticular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflectedunder the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (ifrequired). Online applications must demonstrate qualification byproviding specific examples and associated results, in response tothe announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancyannouncement: * Demonstrated proficiency in applied programmingand/or manipulation of data with a programing language such asPython, R, SQL or Java. (others languages will be considered). *Demonstrated experience developing and deploying automatedprocesses to identify, collect, process, and analyze large datasets. * Demonstrated expertise with the use of data visualizationsfor exploratory comparative analysis by way of scripts, algorithms,and/or predictive models. * Demonstrated experience cleaning,filtering, transforming data, and/or enriching data. EDUCATIONREQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accreditedcollege or university in Mathematics, Data Science, GeographicInformation Science, Information Science, Informatics andComputing, Information Science, or degree that provided at least 6semester hours in statistics, and 9 additional semester hours inone or more of the following: physical or biological sciences,medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciencesincluding demography, history, economics, social welfare,geography, international relations, social or culturalanthropology, health sociology, political science, publicadministration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statisticalcourse requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percentof the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g.,courses that included studies in research methods in psychology oreconomics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, orcourses in methods of processing mass statistical data such astabulating 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 ofprofessional statistical work such as: (a) intermediate and/oradvanced statistics, (b) linear, semi-linear, and/or non-linearmodels, (c) working with a range of data types and statisticalmethods, or (d) data visualization capabilities. As a rule, every30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to oneyear of experience. Candidates should show that their combinationof education and experience totals 4 years. Highly DesiredQualifications QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatoryqualifications, experience in the following is desired: *Experience as a proven innovator and strategic problem solver. *Ability to communicate technically complex methods and solutions tonon-technical audiences verbally or in writing. * Familiarityworking with DoD analysts, such as geospatial and/or imageryanalyst. * Familiarity with cloud services as applied in the DoDand IC. * Demonstrated expertise with visualization techniques andsoftware tools (i.e. Tableau, matplotlib, etc.). * Experienceapplying analytic techniques such as classification, regression,similarity matching, clustering, co-occurrence grouping, profiling,link prediction, data reduction, and causal modeling. AdditionalJob Requirements You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secretsecurity clearance with access to Sensitive CompartmentedInformation. In addition, you are subject to a CounterintelligencePolygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secretinformation. All employees are subject to a periodic examination ona random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusalto take the examination may result in denial of access to TopSecret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance arerequired 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 TopSecret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescortedaccess to SCIFs. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule PROMOTIONOPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all bandlevels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do notinclude specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasizequality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how thequality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge,skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful jobperformance in the NGA occupational structure. Band 03 $64,948 -$133,465 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are notauthorized. Pay is only part of the compensation you will earnworking for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array ofbenefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet theneeds of you and your family. For more information on the array ofbenefits programs, please visit CoverLetter Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. Theentire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided inthe Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding thislimit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended butis not required for employment consideration with the NationalGeospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place theirnarrative information in the Cover Letter / Other ProfessionalDetails field. Who may apply External Applicants Only How to applyApplication submission involves applying using the IntelligenceCommunity's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLYELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. How will I be evaluated?APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for thisjob opportunity in three stages: * All applicants will be evaluatedusing the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, * Qualified applicantswill then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using acombination of qualification criteria to determine thebest-qualified candidates, * Best-qualified applicants may then befurther evaluated through an interview process. Military retireeapplicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointmentrestrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additionalinformation if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefullyreview the Assignment Description, Additional Information ProvidedBy the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; andthen construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant andsignificant experience and education for this job opportunity. Thisdescription should include examples that detail the level andcomplexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged toprovide any education information referenced in the announcement.If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degreesobtained from an institution accredited by an accreditingorganization recognized by the Secretary, US Department ofEducation will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) oftitle 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in theDepartment of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary uponappointment. They shall not be eligible for retirementcontributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or asupplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period.Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired undersection 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code)appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject toretirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (SeeDoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at All candidates will beconsidered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGAprovides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonableaccommodation for any part of the application and hiring process,please notify us at The decision on grantingreasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.Conditions of Employment As a condition of employment at NGA,persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness foremployment standards. * U.S. Citizenship Required * SecurityClearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) *Polygraph Test Required * Position Subject to Drug Testing * TwoYear Probationary Period * Direct Deposit Required DCIPS DisclaimerNGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense CivilianIntelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employeesare assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scopeof work performed. The employee's base salary is established withintheir assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. Aperformance pay process is conducted each year to determine apotential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee'sannual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performancepay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are noteligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. Thisposition is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided inDoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment andPlacement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you mustself-identify your eligibility in your application.
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