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Sr Data Scientist


McLean, VA
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As a Data Scientist interested in leading edge technology, you might be wondering what makes MITRE different than other government contractors and consulting firms. All of our recent hires answered YES to at least one of the questions below:

Are you interested in contributing to 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 Senior Data Scientist to apply cutting edge tools and techniques to challenging problems facing the US government who can relate to the questions above. 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.

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/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 of interest to our government partners. Once established, new members of our department have latitude to work on projects of interest to them.


To be successful you will:
Be passionate about applying data analytics to real world problems.
Have an innate curiosity and interest in developing research questions and testing hypotheses with open ended tasking.
Work with a spectrum of government sponsors to gain understanding of their challenges, evaluate possible solutions and conduct insightful, actionable analyses.
Support the development and application of a variety of analytical models to sponsor challenges, with a willingness to adapt and learn.
Present results in an intuitive, actionable manner that can be understood by all sponsor audiences, regardless of technical expertise.
Provide relevant day to day tasking for one or more junior staff.
Lead projects throughout their life cycle, including conceptualization, requirements definition, data procurement, development, integration, and socialization.


Required Qualifications

Candidates will be required to have:
Significant academic concentration in at least one of the following disciplines:
o Statistics
o Mathematics
o Operations Research
o Computer Science

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to manipulate large datasets with at least one modern programming language or business intelligence platform (e.g., Python, SAS, MATLAB, C++, R, Java)
Experience leveraging COTS tools or writing programs to visualize multi-dimensional data.
Ability to apply, modify and formulate algorithms and processes to solve challenging problems.
Demonstrated experience leading customer facing engagements emphasizing data analytics.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with desired experience including:
Research experience.
Prior experience working with databases (e.g., Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB)
Prior experience developing programmatic solutions in a collaborative environment that utilizes source code management (e.g., GIT, Mercurial, SVN).
Advanced degree in Operation Research, Statistics, or Data Science.