R & D Scientist

Posted 7 days ago
Main Location
Springfield, VA, United States
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Job Summary

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: R&D Scientists apply the scientific method in one or more disciplines (e.g., Photogrammetry, Geodesy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Image Science, Human Terrain Analysis) to advance Geospatial Science and enhance Agency tradecraft. They conduct and develop novel scientific research projects and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to further scientific inquiry and application. They provide technical guidance and oversight, report results, and advise management on new and evolving technology. They address a variety of complex data-related analytical problems by applying quantitative and qualitative analytic methods.

Additional Job Information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA Research seeks an R&D Scientist within the Geospatial Cyber (GC) pod. This position will foster, administer, and execute an integrated project portfolio of applied research, advanced technology development, and capability transition for NGA to deliver technical intelligence superiority and decision advantage to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). The Geospatial Cyber pod focuses on deriving meaningful intelligence from the association of geospatial information with data in cyberspace. Topics include cyber-based pattern-of-life discovery, mobility modeling, and geospatial inference, as well as protection from threats to GEOINT data and methods. Specific duties of this position will include: - Construct, implement, and manage novel research programs in the spatial and/or temporal data mining, spatial and/or temporal databases, spatial and/or temporal statistics, and/or machine learning domains to advance the field of geospatial cyber with new and innovative capabilities for NGA, DoD and IC, adapting agilely to emerging needs and opportunities with well-designed R&D programs. - As a member of NGA Research, collaborate across the Research organization and NGA to achieve desired outcomes and ensure that NGA Research delivers new, impactful GEOINT capabilities. - Work with all GC customers to ensure that innovative geospatial cyber capabilities meet expectations and transition rapidly and effectively. - Promote interaction and collaboration with other government agencies, allied partners, industry, and universities to advance the geospatial cyber mission of NGA. - Provide subject matter expertise to advise stakeholders across NGA, DoD, and IC by communicating the potential impact of developments in the field. This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility. Incentive recipients 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 government. Candidates may receive an invitation to provide additional information or respond to questions via email and/or HireVue as part of the candidate evaluation process. 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: 1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills(U) , 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 this questionnaire. 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 Qualifications

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: 1. Demonstrated experience in one or more domains of spatial and/or temporal data mining, statistics, databases, and/or machine learning. 2. Demonstrated experience successfully managing advanced R&D programs (e.g. budgets, schedules, risks, etc.) 3. Demonstrated use of at least one object-oriented programming language (e.g., C++, Java, Python, etc.) 4. Demonstrated experience developing algorithms in R&D programs or environments. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Science, Computer Science, or a related discipline that includes 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in Mathematics, Science and/or a related Engineering Science such as Dynamics, Electronics, Mechanics, and Properties of Materials. Such coursework includes, but is not limited to, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Programming, Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, or Statistics. Although not mandatory, coursework in differential and integral calculus is preferred. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework as listed in option A, plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. 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 to 4 years.

Highly Desired Qualifications

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Graduate degree (Doctorate preferred) in Computer Science, Applied Math, and/or Statistics; with one or more concentrations in Data Mining, Machine Learning, Geography, Spatial and/or Temporal Statistics 2. Demonstrated 3+ years' experience in working with projects for DoD and/or IC customers. 3. Demonstrated publication of 1 or more peer-reviewed research paper(s) in spatial and/or temporal data mining, databases, statistics, or machine learning. 4. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills 5. Demonstrated experience designing, developing, evaluating, and transitioning research programs

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 04 $103,690 - $159,286 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are 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 family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit intelligencecareers.gov/nga/ngabenefits.html

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R & D Scientist
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency