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The MITRE Corporation Data Scientist in Bedford, Massachusetts

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&D 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 early to mid-career 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 technical projects that you can feel passionate about?

  • Are you tired of having your performance tied to billable hours?

  • Do you want to work in the public interest?

  • 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 Data Scientist for MITRE’s Mclean, VA or Bedford, MA locations 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.

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. Once established with a proven track record of quality delivery and consistent performance, members of our department have latitude to select projects

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.

  • Work on or lead projects throughout their life cycle, including conceptualization, requirements definition, data procurement, development, integration, and socialization.

Required Qualifications

Candidates will be required to have:

  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance.

  • Significant academic background in a quantitative field such as Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate large datasets and perform calculations with at least one modern programming language like Python (utilizing packages like scikit-learn, pandas, or dask), SAS, R (utilizing packages like caret, dplyr, or data.table), Matlab, C++, or Java or a business intelligence platform like Tableau, Looker, or QlikView.

  • Experience visualizing multi-dimensional data using tools like Tableau, ggplot2, Plotly, matplotlib, seaborn, or D3.js.

  • Ability to apply, modify and formulate algorithms and processes to solve challenging problems.

  • Familiarity with working in cloud-based environments like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure.

  • Demonstrated experience working on or leading customer facing engagements emphasizing data analytics.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with desired experience including:

  • Advanced degree in Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or other related technical field of study.

  • Experience leading or conducting research.

  • Experience designing data science tasking and/or leading a team of data scientists.

  • Experience applying various machine learning approaches (e.g., random forest, neural networks, support vector machines).

  • Prior experience working with databases (e.g., PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, Neo4j).

  • Experience using version control (e.g., Git, Mercurial, SVN) to support collaborative development.

  • Experience utilizing notebooks (e.g., Jupyter, R Markdown, Zepellin),

  • Prior experience developing interactive data visualizations using open source web technologies (e.g., Angular, Vue, React, D3.js) or other frameworks (e.g., Shiny, Plotly Dash).

  • Prior experience developing data-intensive full stack containerized web applications using Node.js, Flask, Django, or other technologies.

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