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R&D Scientist (Pay Band 4) - Springfield, VA

Company: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Location: Brentwood
Posted on: May 18, 2018

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R&D Scientist Pay Band 03/04



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Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.

Pay, Benefits,&Work Schedule

Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.

Band 03 $68,036 - $126,062

Band 04 $96,970 - $148,967

PCS expenses are authorized.

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.

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Position Summary

R&D Scientists apply the scientific method in one or more disciplines (e.g., Photogrammetry, Geodesy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Image Science, Human Terrain Analysis) to advance Geospatial Science and enhance Agency tradecraft. They conduct and develop novel scientific research projects and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to further scientific inquiry and application. They provide technical guidance and oversight, report results, and advise management on new and evolving technology. They address a variety of complex data-related analytical problems by applying quantitative and qualitative analytic methods.

Additional Position Info

NGA is seeking research scientists in the following scientific areas:

1. Geospatial Cyber. Develop/manage/monitor research projects and personnel in cyber-based pattern-of-life discovery, mobility modeling, geospatial inference, and protection from threat to GEOINT data and methods. Background in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or related field is desired and substantial supervisory experience.

2. Environment and Culture. Perform research to understand how US national security is impacted by the effects of complex natural systems and cultural dynamics. Leverage traditional and non-traditional geospatial data sources to model trends in cultural and natural systems, represent the complex interaction between humans and their environment, and anticipate their impact on problems of relevance to the IC. Design/execute/lead new multi-disciplinary programs focused on modeling&detection of biological, chemical, or nuclear proliferation activities. Understanding how disparate non-traditional geospatial data sources can be combined with traditional data to model language/dialect distributions, disease spread, community demographics, and other human geography issues related to national security. Serve as an expert for research design frameworks such as mixed-methods approaches or process-driven model construction. Advanced degree desired in:
quantitative social science, computational linguistics, anthropology, demography, disease modeling, spatial epidemiology, computational biology, genetics and proteomics, biochemistry, agriculture, or hydrology.

3. GEOINT Assurance. Develops new technology-based capabilities to enable NGA to sustain the agency's GEOINT data, sensors, and analytics against threats from adversaries. Demonstrated ability and strong interest in developing his/her own research program in artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, operational resilience, and space situational awareness. Strong background in physics, astrophysics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or related field/experience with mathematical modeling applied across multiple research projects is desired.

4. Anticipatory Analytics. Develop quantitative models of human dynamics using spatiotemporal datasets, data-driven collection, automation, and activity-based intelligence (ABI). Utilize spatiotemporal datasets to develop quantitative models of human dynamics. Particular challenges associated with data this group include correlation across data sets assembled from multiple types of sensors, pattern recognition in high volumes of sparsely sampled data, and operational demand for near-real time and predictive analytics. Background in computer science, predictive analytics, math/stat modeling, and managing research programs is desired.5. Automation. Develop/manage/monitor people&programs in the hands on creation of new computer vision algorithms to address mission requirements in full motion video, wide area motion imagery and ground level video. Extensive experience w/ design&implementation of video data management/video exploitation for computer vision algorithms (preferably machine learning related). Computer vision or a video exploitation related field and Motion GEOINT and/or computer vision experience using a variety of geospatial data types is also critical.

6. Automation. Develop/manage/monitor research projects working with satellite and ground level imagery, leading new computer vision research projects. Experience with design and implementation of data management and state of the art computer systems for computer vision algorithms, object detection, and classification and image segmentation is desired.

7. Geophysics. Formalize/enhance the current/emerging R&D efforts in particle physics so as to gain best return on investment of R&D efforts on counter-proliferation via innovative approaches to enhance modeling/detection of subatomic particles. Experience in neutron detection and related instrumentation, be familiar with Large Area Picosecond Photo Detector (LAPPD) technology, picosecond electronics, battery systems, and the integration of ruggedized instrumentation.

8. Spectral. Provide technical expertise to ensure NGA readiness for future Electro-Optical (EO) space systems. Assess system performance capabilities using surrogate data and deliver new methods of processing that leverage specific system characteristics. Experience in astronomical image processing, clutter suppression techniques, framing focal plane arrays, sensor calibration, and processing of images for non-literal analyses is key. Strong knowledge of remote sensing fundamentals with cognizance of the state of practice in machine learning, computer vision, and data science for automated content extraction from noisy measurements. Be prepared to rigorously test, evaluate, and adapt potential solutions and facilitate collaboration between NGA and government and commercial data providers.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs

For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

Pay Band 3:

1. Experience briefing scientific research and communicating results to a range of stakeholders.

2. Demonstrated communication skills and an ability to independently coordinate programs and projects in areas of science and research related to geospatial intelligence functions.

3. Research experience evidenced by previous documented efforts.

Pay Band 4:

1.Demonstrated subject matter expertise on topics in your technical domain(s), incorporating this expertise into research projects.

2.Documented experience monitoring technical personnel and programs.

3.Experience briefing scientific research and communicating results to a range of stakeholders.

4.Experience developing and leading research proposals, executing research plans, and collaborating as appropriate with other scientists.

5.Ability to handle a wide range of complex tasks and non-routine situations.

A. Education:
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Science, or a related discipline that includes 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in Science, Mathematics and/or a related Engineering Science. Such coursework includes, but is not limited to, Astronomy, Cartography, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dynamics, Electrical Engineering, Geodesy, Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Geospatial Information Systems, Mathematics, Orbital Mechanics, Photogrammetry, Physics, Remote Sensing, or Surveying. Although not mandatory, coursework in differential and integral calculus is preferred. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience:..... click apply for full job details

Keywords: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Washington DC, R&D Scientist (Pay Band 4) - Springfield, VA, Other, Brentwood, DC

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