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Data Scientist

Data Scientists develop algorithms and statistical methods that find patterns and relationships in large volumes of data, driving operations and shaping CIA technology investments.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $63,503 - $157,709*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Foreign language bonus eligible

About the Job

As a Data Scientist for CIA, you will organize and interpret data to inform U.S. decision-makers, drive successful operations, and shape CIA technology and resource investments. Through CIA’s global mission, the Agency has access to unique and highly specialized data sets. You will work with advanced hardware, software, and techniques to develop computational algorithms and statistical methods that find patterns and relationships in large volumes of data. You will also create scalable, high performance, and repeatable computational solutions which realize their algorithmic approaches. Data Scientists clearly communicate their conclusions to a diverse audience and become experts through Agency-sponsored continuing education, attendance at academic, and technical conferences as well as collaboration with the Intelligence Community.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in a quantitative science, engineering, or social sciences field.
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Experience in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field, such as:
    • Computational Social Science
    • Computer Science
    • Data Analytics
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Geospatial Analysis
    • Mathematics
    • Operations Research
    • Quantitative Finance
    • Statistics
  • Experience with real world data through thesis research, internships, or work experience
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership abilities
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a data science equivalent field or sub-field
  • Experience working with data rich problems through research or programs
  • Experience with computer programming or user experience/user interface
  • Ability to successfully complete projects with large or incomplete data and provide solutions

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • A writing sample, five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic paper that focuses on your current area of expertise or interest and is related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.