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Senior Data Scientist - 27675 in San Diego, CA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 1/23/2019

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Job Description


Position Summary
Under minimal supervision, designs experiments, test hypotheses, and build models.  Conducts advanced data analysis and complex designs algorithm.
Duties and Responsibilities          

  • Establishes database management systems, standards, guidelines and quality assurance for database deliverables.
  • Identifies what data is available and relevant, including internal and external data sources, leveraging new data collection processes such.
  • Collaborates with Institute subject matter experts to select the relevant sources of information.
  • Works with IT teams to support data collection, integration, and retention requirements based on the input collected with the business.
  • Solves client analytics problems and communicates results and methodologies.
  • Works in iterative processes with the client and validates findings.
  • Develops experimental design approaches to validate finding or test hypotheses.
  • Validates analysis by comparing appropriate samples.
  • Employs the appropriate algorithm to discover patterns.
  • Defines the validity of the information, how long the information is meaningful, and what other information it is related to.
  • Works with the data steward to ensure that the information used is in compliance with the regulatory and security policies in place.
  • Collaborates with the data steward to ensure that the information used follows the compliance, access management, and control policies and that it meets the qualification and assurance requirements of the Institute.
  • Recommends ongoing improvements to methods and algorithms that lead to findings, including new information.
  • Presents and depicts the rationale of their findings in easy to understand terms for the business.
  • Provides business metrics for the overall project to show improvements (contribution to the improvement should be monitored initially and over multiple iterations).
  • Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
  • Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as required.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Math or related field plus 5 to 7 years of directly related experience. 
  • In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 6 years applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.
  • Excellent pattern recognition and predictive modeling skills.
  • Knowledge and experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SQL, Java, etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets is required.
  • Coding knowledge and experience with several languages: C, C++, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  • Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, etc.) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications.
  • Experience working with and creating data architectures.
  • 10% travel may be required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong problem solving skills with an emphasis on product development.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in a diverse work group.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for coordinating across teams.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.




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