Data Scientist - Mid-Level
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: August 29, 2020
ASSIGNMENT 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 Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant,
accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's
civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps,
charts, multiple layers of foundation data - such as terrain,
elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and
invisible light in order to help users visualize what is happening
at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond
describing what, where, and when to revealing how and why. Our work
enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters,
intelligence professionals and first responders.
Data Scientists 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. Data Scientists understand and utilize solutions
with predictive patterns from data into practical, intelligent
applications that anyone can use. They can utilize rich toolsets to
help users create, rapidly experiment, fully automate, and manage
machine learning workflows to power intelligent applications.
They produce intelligence using geospatial methodologies and
spatio-temporal data derived from imagery, intelligence databases,
and other classified and unclassified sources in support of
national security. They are intelligence analysts who use their
understanding of geographic information science and technology,
spatial thinking, remote sensing, intelligence issues, spatial
relationships and visualization techniques and the social and
physical sciences to create information, characterize events, and
discover relationships and trends. They produce descriptive and
predictive analyses and communicate findings as written, visual,
and/or oral geospatial intelligence.
Other duties may include:
* Develop and apply quantitative and qualitative analytic methods
to identify, collect, process, and analyze large data sets for
* Identify trends, solves analytical problems, optimizes
performance, and develop results through appropriate data analysis
techniques (e.g., data mining and retrieval);
* Use applied statistics, build algorithms, and collaborating with
domain experts to analyze large volumes of data to build and
enhance products, processes, and systems
* Possess the ability to think tactically and strategically;
operate in a dynamic environment; and deliver interoperable
* They will have extensive experience in building and maintaining
geodatabases and integrating and managing foundation, intelligence,
and multi-INT data into structured geodatabases.
* Seek out spatial data from classified and unclassified sources
and utilize existing tools or develop methods to tie spatial
information to datasets where necessary.
* Builds and maintains professional relationships with other NGA
offices and external partners to collaborate on effective data
management, data dissemination, and online on-demand practices
* Conduct data mining and retrieval and apply statistical and
mathematical analysis to identify trends, solve analytic problems,
optimize performance, and gather intelligence.
* Develop scripts and algorithms (e.g. Python), create explanatory
and predictive models and conduct comparative analyses to address
complex military and intelligence problems.
* Support the visualization of information using a range of tools
(e.g. Tableau, R, and ESRI Arc-GIS 10.4 suite, including model
* Provide excellent customer support and interact with analytic
units in a professional manner to help understand their challenges,
incorporate their feedback, and provide quality solutions.
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected
candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of
employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive,
the selected candidate must 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
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:
* Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe
your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable
qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in
the application you submit must support the response you provide to
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 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:
* Demonstrated proficiency in applied programming and/or
manipulation of data with a programing language such as Python, R,
SQL or Java (others languages will be considered).
* Demonstrated experience developing and deploying automated
processes to identify, collect, process, and analyze large data
* Demonstrated expertise with the use of data visualizations for
exploratory comparative analysis by way of scripts, algorithms,
and/or predictive models.
* Demonstrated experience cleaning, filtering, transforming data,
and/or enriching data.
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 Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
* Experience as a proven innovator and strategic problem
* Ability to communicate technically complex methods and solutions
to non-technical audiences verbally or in writing.
* Familiarity working with DoD analysts, such as geospatial and/or
* Familiarity with cloud services as applied in the DoD and IC.
* Demonstrated expertise with visualization techniques and software
tools (i.e. Tableau, matplotlib, etc.).
* Experience applying analytic techniques such as classification,
regression, similarity matching, clustering, co-occurrence
grouping, profiling, link prediction, data reduction, and causal
Additional Job Requirements
You 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 Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 03 $64,948 - $133,465
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the
Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and
family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire
cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the
Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit
will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not
required for employment consideration with the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their
narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
* All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
* Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel
of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
* Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 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 to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at email@example.com. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* U.S. Citizenship Required
* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section
2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in
DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and
Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
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