Senior Data Scientist and Advisor for Railroad Data Analysis Systems

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 18, 2020
Closes
Sep 26, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Railroad Safety within the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If selected, you will serve as the Senior Data Scientist and Advisor for Railroad Data Analysis Systems and advise FRA on all matters related to advanced analytics, statistical modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

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Responsibilities

The Senior Data Scientist and Advisor for Railroad Data Analysis Systems will provide technical leadership for a range of program activities that are critical to assuring that the rapidly advancing field of data science is applied in a manner that will ensure the safety and security of freight and passenger transportation on the national railroad system.

As Senior Data Scientist and Advisor for Railroad Data Analysis Systems, you will:

• Provide authoritative guidance for program implementation and program development concerning the development of advanced analytics and embedded analytics to gain insights into various human and machine data streams.

• Deliver expert advice to senior agency officials concerning the use of data analytics to support decision-making.

• Develop computational algorithms and statistical methods that find patterns and relationships in large volumes of data from various sources.

• Evaluate and render opinions on matters related to the integration of railroad safety data into risk models and data-driven processes to improve compliance with Federal railroad safety regulations.

• Apply broad, detailed, and exceptionally current knowledge pertaining to advanced data analytics, data science and modeling to define and request contract or research support as required to develop state of the art safety data analysis tools using emerging software and technology.

• Develop and issue guidelines and protocols to staff for the adoption of new data tools that will integrate risk assessments into daily inspection, audit, and safety oversight operations. Provide professional direction in data systems analysis to other safety staff members as required to accomplish the mission.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • A Secret clearance is required.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.

FRA Conflict of Interest Prohibitions:

The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights with or from a railroad generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. No waivers of this requirement will be granted.

FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401 (k) or other plan. Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments. Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited.

Qualifications

Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are the descriptions of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications.

1. Three years of specialized experience in or closely related to the field of advanced analytics, statistical modeling, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. At least one year of this experience must have been in planning or executing difficult programs of national significance or planning or executing specialized programs that show outstanding attainments. One year of this specialized experience must be equivalent to experience at the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service.

2. Demonstrated experience providing authoritative guidance for program development and implementation concerning advanced analytics and embedded analytics to gain insights into various human and machine data streams.

3. Ability to provide expert consultation and advice on safety matters pertaining to advanced data analytics, data science and modeling to define and request contract or research support as required to develop state of the art safety data analysis tools using emerging software and technology.

Education

  • Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were 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
  • Combination of education and experience: courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance


  • Additional information

    Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

    Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

    Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

    Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

    Telework - Determined by agency policy.

    Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    A reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check.

    All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
    • RESUME - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrate you possess the technical qualifications. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.
    • COVER LETTER - You should submit a one-page cover letter highlighting key experience and interest in the position advertised.
    • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade). DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50, current SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50.
    • TRANSCRIPTS - The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. Provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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