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Principal Data Scientist

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Job ID: 2119284
Location: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States
Date Posted: Jan 10, 2022
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Data Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: TS/SCI with Poly
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC's Principal Data Scientist will support missile and space experimentation, test, and analysis efforts for customers such as US SPACECOM, US Space Force, and the Missile Defense Agency, located in Colorado Springs, CO.  The Principal Data Scientist will use enterprise tools to work with highly complex and large data sets to implement code and configurations to support analytics within a data ecosystem. By using these implementations and methods, the Principal Data Scientist will advance several efforts in support of our nation's space interests.  Analysis of large volumes of data will require non-linear, continuous, and discrete data algorithms in fields such as sattelite parameters, sensor characteristics and coverage, propulsion systems performance, constellation design, and system of systems capital and operating costs.  The Scientist must analyze and understand complex problems to express analytical processes in modeling and statistical languages.  The Scientist will work with modeling and simulation experts and systems engineers to tune system parameters based on test results.  The Scientist will conduct research and implement appropriate machine learning algorithms and tools and develop machine learning applications.


REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience. Degrees in Applied Mathematics, Computational Statistics, and Operations Research and Systems Analysis are highly preferred.  Desired skills include:


  • Design and development of complex, large-scale, data systems
  • Firm understanding of statistical modeling and techniques including maching learning
  • Experience creating machine learning models using machine learning or deep learning frameworks
  • Ability to understand and analyze data models - how the data is stored in relational databases
  • Experience developing data visualizations
  • Strong organization and time management skills - prior experience in leading a small, dispersed team is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees are required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Where work is performed strictly at a customer site, customer site vaccination requirements preempt SAIC's vaccination policy.
Target salary range: $125,001 - $150,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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