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Alion Science and Technology

Data Scientist, Lead - 37736

Norfolk, VA

Job Description

Alion has been providing modeling and simulation software to the Navy Service Program for over 20 years, and the exciting work we do for this customer keeps growing with new and continued demand for our state-of-the-art modeling and simulation software that allows Navy sailors to simulate actual warfare scenarios. The demands for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and sophisticated Cloud technologies requires that we rise to the challenge to meet the need for years to come. Come be part of this challenging, exciting software development opportunity! Read on for more details:

The Data Scientist is responsible for the data analytics and processing, user interface, utilities, and data modeling to meet Huntington Ingalls Industries research and development objectives. In this role, you will work with on a suite of warfighter simulation systems called the Navy Training Baseline (NTB) to enhance and develop new capabilities for futuristic products. The Data Scientist on the Software Development team provides modeling and simulation application development, live, virtual and constructive systems integration support, in-service engineering support, and data analytics to US Fleet Forces (USFF) and the Number Fleets. The Software Development team is directly responsible, in this context, for developing and maintaining technical solutions and standards to provide the greatest level of training capability to the warfighter, at the lowest possible cost, at the fastest pace achievable.

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Candidate should have a strong working knowledge and experience developing cloud software-based capabilities and data science related expertise including machine learning or artificial intelligence. Candidate should have an inquisitive nature, responsiveness, and excellent testing skills. Must also possess strong troubleshooting skills and the ability to work under pressure with multiple deadlines. Will work in a fast paced, business environment with our talented team.


• Work across functional teams to identify data capture and analysis requirements.
• Implement a big data architecture onto NCTE.
• Design and build analysis capabilities into the architecture
• Collaborate with software engineers on a data-driven predictive maintenance tool
• Keep up-to-date on current technologies and applications of big data architectures
• Identify opportunities use cases for supervised and unsupervised learning to expand the use of the big data architecture within NCTE
• As needed deliver KPIs and automated reporting to teams supporting the NCTE

Required Skills:

• Bachelor's degree in technical discipline (i.e. data science, computer science, engineering, mathematics, etc.) and 8-10 years of relevant experience
• At least 3 years of experience as a data scientist
• Educational requirements may be adjusted for applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience.
• Experience in RESTful web services and/or Object Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigms
• Experience with Python, R, or other data science related tools
• Experience querying data from SQL databases
• Experience with machine learning, artificial intelligence, neural networks (e.g. Tensorflow)
• Experience with the Linux operating system
• Experience with configuration management tools (e.g. Git, Nexus, Maven)
• Experience with the agile software lifecycle
• Experience with anomaly detection, time series forecasting, and predictive maintenance
• Has a proven ability to learn quickly and works well both independently as well as in a team setting

Desired Skills:

• Experience rapidly scaling data storage and processing
• Experience with causal analysis methods for root cause analysis
• Experience in Modern Java Frameworks and Libraries (e.g. Spring, Guava)
• Experience with data visualization
• Experience with web frontend frameworks (e.g. React) and accessing REST APIs
• Experience in distributed databases, NoSQL, or Graph databases (e.g.Neo4j or MongoDB) a high plus
• Experience in streaming and/or batch analytics (e.g. Kafka, Spark, Flink, Storm, MapReduce, Hadoop)
• Experience implementing a distributed storage system such as HDFS, HBASE etc.
• Experience creating a distributed analytics engine such as DASK or SPARK directly on virtual machines

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance. US Citizenship is required.


Security Clearance: None
Telework - Not Eligible

Diversity Statement

We are an EOE that values our employee's talent – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or other protected characteristics – Your Talent Is Our Strength .

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply. Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply. Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information. U.S. Citizenship Required for the majority of our positions.

Covid Notice

A new Federal Executive Order requires that employees of Federal contractors and subcontractors be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Accordingly, as a condition of employment with Technical Solutions, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption prior to starting employment.

Job ID: Alion-aeaUHVi5AeCY
Employment Type: Other