Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Posted on: April 9, 2021
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: 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
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: NGA Research seeks an R&D Scientist
within the Geospatial Cyber (GC) pod. This position will foster,
administer, and execute an integrated project portfolio of applied
research, advanced technology development, and capability
transition for NGA to deliver technical intelligence superiority
and decision advantage to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and
Department of Defense (DoD). The Geospatial Cyber pod focuses on
deriving meaningful intelligence from the association of geospatial
information with data in cyberspace. Topics include cyber-based
pattern-of-life discovery, mobility modeling, and geospatial
inference, as well as protection from threats to GEOINT data and
Specific duties of this position will include:
* Construct, implement, and manage novel research programs in the
spatial and/or temporal data mining, spatial and/or temporal
databases, spatial and/or temporal statistics, and/or machine
learning domains to advance the field of geospatial cyber with new
and innovative capabilities for NGA, DoD and IC, adapting agilely
to emerging needs and opportunities with well-designed R&D
* As a member of NGA Research, collaborate across the Research
organization and NGA to achieve desired outcomes and ensure that
NGA Research delivers new, impactful GEOINT capabilities.
* Work with all GC customers to ensure that innovative geospatial
cyber capabilities meet expectations and transition rapidly and
* Promote interaction and collaboration with other government
agencies, allied partners, industry, and universities to advance
the geospatial cyber mission of NGA.
* Provide subject matter expertise to advise stakeholders across
NGA, DoD, and IC by communicating the potential impact of
developments in the field.
This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: selected candidates
may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment,
based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, selected
candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575 upon issuance of
the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior
to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility.
Incentive recipients sign a service agreement depending on the
approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee
leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be
required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the
Candidates may receive an invitation to provide additional
information or respond to questions via email and/or HireVue as
part of the candidate evaluation process.
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
on this website as part of your application to NGA. These
assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to
describe your job-related knowledge, skills(U) , abilities, or
other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and
desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you
provide in the application you submit must support the response you
provide to this questionnaire.
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required
assessments as soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: 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:
1. Demonstrated experience in one or more domains of spatial and/or
temporal data mining, statistics, databases, and/or machine
2. Demonstrated experience successfully managing advanced R&D
programs (e.g. budgets, schedules, risks, etc.)
3. Demonstrated use of at least one object-oriented programming
language (e.g., C++, Java, Python, etc.)
4. Demonstrated experience developing algorithms in R&D
programs or environments.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an
accredited college or university in Engineering, Mathematics,
Physical Science, Computer Science, or a related discipline that
includes 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in Mathematics, Science
and/or a related Engineering Science such as Dynamics, Electronics,
Mechanics, and Properties of Materials. Such coursework includes,
but is not limited to, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning,
Programming, Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Geographic Information
Systems, Remote Sensing, or Statistics. Although not mandatory,
coursework in differential and integral calculus is preferred. -OR-
B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24
semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework as listed in option A,
plus experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully
perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30
semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year
of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of
education and experience totals to 4 years.
Highly Desired Qualifications
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory
qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Graduate degree (Doctorate preferred) in Computer Science,
Applied Math, and/or Statistics; with one or more concentrations in
Data Mining, Machine Learning, Geography, Spatial and/or Temporal
2. Demonstrated 3+ years' experience in working with projects for
DoD and/or IC customers.
3. Demonstrated publication of 1 or more peer-reviewed research
paper(s) in spatial and/or temporal data mining, databases,
statistics, or machine learning.
4. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
5. Demonstrated experience designing, developing, evaluating, and
transitioning research programs
Additional Job Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security
clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In
addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph
examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random
basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take
the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret
information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are
required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714,
on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility.
Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top
Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted
access to SCIFs.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: 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 04 $103,690 - $159,286
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: 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
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
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
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or
panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to
determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through
an interview process.
Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the
180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will
provide additional information if applicable.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment
Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting
Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct
their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant
experience and education for this job opportunity. This description
should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the
performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education
information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed
as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an
institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by
the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code,
annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive
full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be
eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants
(i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title
5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may
elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment
as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with
disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you
need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for
employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
* U.S. Citizenship Required
* Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian
Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees
are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope
of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within
their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A
performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a
potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's
annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance
pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not
eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10
U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans'
Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section
2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in
DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and
Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans'
preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must
self-identify your eligibility in your application.
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