At NSA Data Science is a broad field, and a team effort, spanning all the expertise needed to derive value from data. As a Data Scientist specializing in AI Human Factors, you will design, monitor, and improve human-machine teaming to keep NSA at the cutting edge of intelligence gathering and reporting, with all the high-functioning supporting processes that it requires. Responsibilities include: - Contributing to organizational strategies for identifying and managing the risks of deploying AI applications for developers and end-users, especially pertaining to user experience and human factors - Leading or contributing to a team of designers, fostering best practices in process and methodology, and delivering against mission key performance indicators and needs - Leading or contributing to UX efforts within your cross-functional team, including design sprints, ideation sessions, strategy, planning, participating in delivery and presenting effectively to stakeholders - Using established design system, style guides, patterns and assets in the creation of UX deliverables - Discerning and creating aesthetic, engaging UX experiences - Contributing and leading priority UX projects - Contributing to the wider UX community, leveraging your strengths to help others grow
Depending on the skill-sets currently in demand, newly hired AI Human Factors Specialist may be assigned to a mission office, or alternatively enrolled in the three-year Data Science Development Program (DSDP) in which they will both broaden and specialize their data science skills by taking courses and touring with a variety of mission offices (each for several months). In either case you will work with NSA experts in AI Human Factors, related technical domains, and specialized subject areas. You will have opportunities to participate in internal technical roundtables, and to attend technical conferences with experts from industry and academia.
Applicants will be asked to complete the Data Science Examination (DSE) evaluating their knowledge of statistics, mathematics, and computer science topics that pertain to data science work. Passing this examination at a local testing site is a requirement in order to be considered for selection into a data scientist position. Upon passing the examination, applicants will be evaluated for the minimum qualifications outlined in this ad. Transcripts will be requested prior to being invited to interview with Agency data science professionals. The qualifications listed below are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Degree must be in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Applied Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Science, Operations Research, or Computer Science. A degree in a related field (e.g., Computer Information Systems, Engineering), a degree in the physical/hard sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy), or other science disciplines (i.e., behavioral, social, library, and life) may be considered if it includes a concentration of coursework (typically 5 or more courses) in advanced mathematics (typically 200 level or higher; such as calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, and calculus based statistics) and/or computer science (e.g., algorithms, programming, data structures, data mining, artificial intelligence). College-level Algebra or other math courses intended to meet a basic college level requirement, or upper level math courses designated as elementary or basic do not count. Note: Degrees in related fields will be considered if accompanied by a Certificate in Data Science from an accredited college/university. Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following (for Entry level) but in two or more for Full Performance, Senior, and Expert levels: designing/implementing machine learning, data mining, advanced analytical algorithms, programming, data science, advanced statistical analysis, artificial intelligence, computational science, software engineering, or data engineering. ENTRY/DEVELOPMENTAL Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. FULL PERFORMANCE Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. SENIOR Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position. EXPERT Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 9 years of relevant experience or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate's degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.
The ideal candidate has a desire for continual learning along with excellent analytical, problem-solving, communication (oral and written), and interpersonal skills who is: - Accountable - Proactive - Detail oriented - Able to solve complex problems - Proficient with critical thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations - Effective at working in a collaborative team environment - Able to bridge the gap with both technical and non-technical audiences Knowledge, skills, and relevant experience in one or more of the following is required: - Designing and implementing machine learning - Data mining - Advanced analytical algorithms - Programming - Data science - Advanced statistical analysis - Artificial Intelligence - Computational science - Software engineering - Data engineering
Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. This is a full-time position, hiring for the Maryland, Colorado & Hawaii locations. Salary ranges vary by work level. Salary range: $81,233 - $183,500 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert) On the job training, internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Typical work schedule is Monday - Friday, with basic 8 hr/day requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).
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