Principal Data Scientist

The MITRE Corporation
Mclean, VA
Oct 23, 2021
Oct 25, 2021
Full Time
Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges-and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day-working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE-and make a difference with us. As an experienced Principal Data Scientist , you might be wondering what makes MITRE different than other government contractors and consulting firms. Many of our recent hires answered YES to at least one of the questions below:+ Are you interested in contributing to or leading technical projects that you can feel passionate about? ?+ Are you tired of having your performance tied to billable hours? ?+ Do you want to feel like your ideas are valued and you are more than just an FTE? ?+ Are you interested in working for a company where a 40-hour week is the norm and not the exception? ?+ Do you want exceptional benefits, including tuition reimbursement for coursework towards an advance degree in a technical discipline?The Model-Based Analytics Department is seeking a motivated, creative Principal Data Scientist for MITRE's Mclean, VA location to apply cutting edge tools and techniques to challenging problems facing the US government. This position offers the opportunity to interact directly with government leaders in a fast-paced and dynamic atmosphere with the ability to make a difference and impact outcomes with solid analysis.As one of four departments in MITRE's Modeling, Simulation, Experimentation & Analytics Innovation Center, the Model-Based Analytics Department provides expertise in Complex Systems Modeling and Analysis, Computational Social Science, Data Analytics, and Rapid Prototyping to various MITRE programs supporting government customers. MITRE is applying Data Science and Analytics ( to some of our nation's greatest challenges, including creating dashboards and analyses supporting the MITRE-led COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition ( . Our employees are expected to work on multiple projects, cross-pollinate good ideas across the government and continuously learn. We are truly an interdisciplinary department that thrives on having a large toolbox to support data- and model-driven decision making. We value people who can bring diverse perspectives.Our department works to solve problems in the public interest, in partnership with the government. We also actively conduct independent research in areas of interest to our government partners. To be successful you will: + Be passionate about applying data analytics to real world problems, with a willingness to adapt and learn.+ Initiate and lead projects and tasks throughout their life cycle, including conceptualization, requirements definition, data procurement, development, integration, and socialization.+ Proactively architect analytic solutions and recommendations to meet sponsor objectives as a strategic data science thought- and action- partner - for example, identifying new/novel uses of large data holdings using data science methods to close mission gaps.+ Provide relevant day-to-day tasking for one or more junior staff and ensure staff members follow approved practices for modeling, simulation, and data analytics.+ Utilize critical thinking, strong judgement, and both an autonomous and a collaborative work ethic with sponsors and colleagues. Experience facilitating discussions with executive audiences is a must. ?+ Work with a spectrum of government sponsors to gain understanding of their challenges, evaluate possible solutions, and conduct insightful, actionable analyses. ?+ Present results in an intuitive, actionable manner that can be understood by all sponsor audiences, regardless of technical expertise.Required Qualifications+ Bachelors' degree in Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other related technical field of study. + 10+ years of work experience or equivalent combination of education, qualifications, and experience. + Must be a US citizen capable of obtaining and maintaining a US government clearance. + Experience designing data science tasking and leading a team of distributed data scientists .+ Demonstrated experience leading customer facing engagements emphasizing data analytics. + Ability to apply, modify, and formulate algorithms and processes to solve challenging problems. + Past track record of innovation and implementing emerging technology and capabilities. + Excellent written and verbal communication skills. + Demonstrated ability to manipulate large datasets and perform calculations with at least one modern programming language like Python, SAS, R, Matlab, C++, or Java. + Experience visualizing multi-dimensional data using tools like Tableau, ggplot2, Plotly, matplotlib, seaborn, or D3.js. + Significant academic background in a quantitative field such as Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics. Preferred Qualifications + Advanced degree in Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other related technical field of study. + Prior proven experience with designing and architecting analytic systems from design to production (eg, Minimum Viable Product [MVP]).+ Proven history of coaching, motivating, and leading teams to optimal performance levels by establishing clear goals, reviews, and consistent feedback.+ Experience leading or conducting research. + Experience applying various machine learning approaches (eg, random forest, neural networks, support vector machines) to complex problems. + Prior experience working with databases (eg, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, Neo4j). + Experience using version control (eg, Git, Mercurial, SVN) to support collaborative development. + Experience utilizing analytic notebooks (eg, Jupyter, Zeppelin). + Prior experience developing interactive data visualizations using open source web technologies (Angular, Vue, React, D3.js) or other frameworks (Shiny, Plotly Dash).+ Prior experience developing data-intensive full stack containerized web applications using Node.js, Flask, Django, or other technologies.+ Familiarity with working in cloud-based environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure and their machine learning tools. + Experience working with big data analytic environments including Apache Spark, Presto, Impala, or other distributed SQL engines. + Active TS/SCI with poly. + Prior experience working with the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Intelligence Community (IC). 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