Data Science Platform Administrator

Rockville, MD
Jul 18, 2019
Aug 28, 2019
Research, Science
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

Westat is seeking a passionate, engaged, and research-oriented Data Science platform administrator/trainer with a focus on data analysis using R/Python/Scala/Apache Spark. We are looking for someone who thrives in an environment of constant learning. We work in an Agile, continuous integration process with automated test and deployment. The successful applicant will also engage in company-wide efforts to strengthen resources in applied data science.

Job Responsibilities:

· Setup/Manage a research data platform with special emphasis on supporting R and Python as statistical tools.

· Conduct/Participate in trainings for R and Python focused on data analysis, working with statisticians, data scientists, and research subject matter experts.

· Evaluate and recommend emerging technologies and packages for adoption and, if accepted, deploy.

· Work with research subject matter experts and guide/assist them in preparing analyses with R/Python/Spark.

· Help with the data preparation and data cleaning.

· Participate in technical committees regarding data analytical platforms.

Basic qualifications:

· A Bachelor's degree in Computer/Data Science is required.

· Programming experience with R (R Markdown) and Python for Data Science is required.

A Master's degree in related field is a plus.

Experience with version control using GIT, experience in the analysis of complex survey data, and/or familiarity with big data technologies is desirable. Ideal candidates will be able to work independently and in a team environment to interface with other developers. Strong written and oral communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences are essential.

Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the position, based on the specific position which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, or criminal records history.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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