Great opportunity to practice data engineering and oversee an open-source data collection activity for a government customer at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. You will lead a team of data scientists and collectors that focus on open-source data extraction, transformation, storage, and analysis to gain valuable mission-specific insights from the data. Besides running, developing, and teaching software; the engineer will work closely with data scientists and communicate findings and recommend ways-forward to both the team and customer.
[KEY SKILLS: “Data Engineering”, “Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) Data”, “Semantic Data Models”, “Database Design & Maintenance”, “Open Source Data Collection”, “Software Development”, “Cloud Development”, “Big Data”, “Leadership and Communication Skills”]
Senior Data Engineer & Project Manager will be able to perform the following tasks:
Support the full-spectrum Publicly Available Information (PAI) data cycle to include: ETL functions, scalable data architecture design and management, semantic data models, and analysis of data to gain valuable customer mission-specific insight.
Write strong, reliable code that can be leveraged to enhance the activity’s capabilities. For example: 1) Automating the ETL process; 2) Transforming semantic data models into physical database designs; and 3) Integrating data and related capabilities to various systems across the customer’s greater IT enterprise.
Manage, develop, augment, and/or experiment with various open-source data pipelines.
Design physical database management systems to represent semantic data models, including relational and object-relational databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, SQL Server, MySQL), key value stores, inverted indexes (Lucene, Elastic Search), and distributed file systems (e.g. Tachyon, HDFS)
Apply semantic data modeling techniques to classify, aggregate, and generalize data stored in hierarchical, network, or relational database management systems so that the team’s data scientists can optimally query the data and gain insightful information.
Operate, orchestrate, and manage the activity’s query environment. As a critical member of a small team, the data engineer should be prepared to work closely with collectors and data scientists to understand mission needs and enable less data-fluent teammates to achieve some results independently.
Support the activity’s data evaluation objectives by ingesting and normalizing sample data into the query environment; and providing subject matter expertise during evaluation exercises.
Communicate data engineering methods and intelligence findings to all levels of government through briefings, reports, white papers, and other written material.
Create and maintain a repository of software code and scripts (e.g. Java, Scala, and Python), for rapidly extracting, transforming, and loading a variety of structured and unstructured data sources.
Document all code work, routinely making Github code repository contributions as representation of analytics.
Senior Data Engineer & Project Manager Required Experience & Skills:
- Must be a US Citizen with an active TS clearance with SCI eligibility and willing to submit to counterintelligence (CI) polygraph
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science (or another applicable field)
- 12+ years of Data Engineering experience including ETL
- Advanced use of Python, Java, SQL
- Advanced use of Apache big data tools (e.g. Presto, Hive, Nifi)
- Strong experience in leadership and/or management
- Understanding of big data analytic methodologies and technologies
- Expertise using cloud platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure)
Senior Data Engineer & Project Manager Preferred Qualifications:
- Active TS-SCI security clearance
- CI polygraph taken within past 5 years
- Master’s degree in computer science
- AWS certifications
- Experience with C++
- Experience with geospatial analytic techniques and tools
- Proficiency with graph databases
- Prior Intelligence Community work experience.
- Project Management experience (3+ years)
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.
ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.
To find out more about Southeast Division visit our website at: https://www.ara.com/raleigh/