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Data Scientist


SAIC is seeking a Data Scientist to help advance the mission of NGA’s Office of Special Programs performing duties including algorithm and tool design, creation, and maintenance, technology transition, algorithm verification and validation, and software test.

  • Design, test, and modify data processing algorithms using real and/or surrogate data

  • Design, test, and modify geospatial big-data processing algorithms and enable implementation in either Python or Java suitable for a cloud-based architecture using Spark, Elastic Search and/or Hadoop

  • Engage with users to understand needs an analytic strength/weakness of developed algorithms

  • Perform data analysis to identify algorithms technical limitations or defects, document findings and suggest solutions

  • Process/manipulate geospatial data and provide recommendations to provide additional utility beyond manual exploitation

  • Interact professionally with senior-level executives and other personnel prioritizing and accomplishing assigned tasks in a fast-paced environment with deadlines


  • MA/MS programing, computer science disciplines plus work experience (8+ years)

  • Must currently possess an active Top Secret/SCI Clearance and IC Polygraph

  • Working knowledge of Oracle, Java, C++, Linux, HTML, Python and/or parallel processing algorithm

  • Experience in GEOINT, SOM (NGA), data science, imagery science, GIS domains

  • Familiarity with systems integration, software test and V&V activities

Desired Qualifications


  • Familiarity with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s mission and structure.

  • Familiarity with the Office of Special Programs mission and structure.

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