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Posted by: Institute for Defense Analyses on Nov 14, 2017


Alexandria, VA

Job Description:


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, independent thinking, and objective results. 

The Cost Analysis and Research Division (CARD) at IDA engages in both traditional cost analysis and applied research on a broad range of topics involving resource allocation,  forecasting, econometrics, and systems modeling.  CARD researchers perform a wide variety of quantitative analyses that clearly illuminate the resource and outcome consequences of government decisions, policies, and actions.   As studies often require a multi-disciplinary approach, CARD maintains a highly educated and diverse research staff with advanced degrees in many quantitative fields, including various branches of engineering, operations research, statistics, economics, mathematics, physics, and natural sciences.  


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) seeks a data scientist with expertise in machine learning and predictive analytics to join the Research Staff of the Cost Analysis and Research Division (CARD). The Senior Data Scientist will apply modern data analytics techniques in support of CARD projects and analyses.  Analytical tasks will include data characterization, clustering, statistical inference, stochastic modeling, data mining, forecasting, text analysis, and feature extraction in diverse data sets.  The Senior Data Scientist will also be expected to interact with study sponsors, summarize findings for nontechnical audiences, and write reports and present briefings in a clear and concise manner suitable for senior DoD policy makers.

A PhD in a quantitative or qualitative program coupled with machine learning and predictive analytic experience is required. Preferred areas of interest include classical and Bayesian statistics, Bayesian inference networks, deep learning, stochastic processes, econometrics, text analytics, and knowledge representation. Desired skills include programming in multiple languages (e.g., R, Python), working with large data sets, data collection, data normalization, and  data visualization. Candidates should have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and exhibit strong communications skills. U.S. citizenship is required and applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information.                                                                                                                       



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About Institute for Defense Analyses

IDA is the Institute for Defense Analyses, a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

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