RTI International

Junior Data Scientist (Contingent)

Job description


RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of nearly 6,000 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

The Center for Data Science and AI at RTI International, one of the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit scientific research organizations, is seeking a Junior Data Scientist with skills in advanced analytics (predictive modeling, machine learning, AI, microsimulation modeling, social network analysis, computer vision, text analytics, and natural language processing), modern software development for data science applications, and data visualization to work on public health data modernization projects. RTI’s mission is to improve the human condition, and our Center’s mission is to apply data science for social good. A successful candidate will work with a thriving team of 30+ data scientists, software developers, visual designers, and subject matter experts, solving important national problems, improving our local communities, and transforming research.

This position is contingent on the award of an upcoming CDC-funded project and will be based in Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC or can be remote.

  • Collaborate with a team of data scientists, software developers, visual designers, and subject matter experts to solve end-to-end problems using data science approaches, techniques, and methods
  • Participate in projects that involve accessing, collecting, cleaning, storing, organizing, and integrating data, and creating data pipelines
  • Participate in projects involving descriptive and exploratory analyses, predictive modeling, machine learning, microsimulation, text analytics, natural language processing, social network analysis, computer vision, and interactive data visualizations
  • Participate in meetings with clients, assist in framing projects and designing solutions based on client needs and problems to be solved
  • Create internal and publicly available data products and tools
  • Communicate results through presentations and reports for clients, internal staff, scientific journals, professional conferences, and contributions to open source projects
  • Collaborate with teams in proposal writing
  • Participate in professional development and scientific stature efforts
  • Degree in computer science, data science, statistics, applied mathematics, engineering, operations research, economics or related quantitative field
  • A master’s degree and 1-3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience outside of a classroom environment with any of these: machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and microsimulation modeling
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, including oral and written communication as evidenced by publications, conference presentations, blog posts, videos, or cover letter
  • Experience with modern open source software ecosystems in python and R used in advanced analytics and data science, including data visualization
  • Experience with SQL
  • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status
Desired Skills/Experience
  • Experience accessing, extracting, integrating, creating pipelines, and analyzing data from a wide variety of sources (e.g., relational databases, text and unstructured data, sensor data, social media data, image and video data, streaming data)
  • Ability to quickly and easily learn new software packages
  • An analytical mindset for solving problems
  • A strong sense of conceptual and visual design and creative problem solving
  • Experience navigating and scripting in a Unix command line environment
  • Experience with containerization technologies (Docker)
  • Familiarity with traditional RDBMS setup and administration, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite
  • Experience using git for shared version control and collaboration
  • Experience in cluster and cloud computing environments
  • Experience working with agile software development methodologies
  • Subject matter expertise in public health, bioinformatics, or survey science.
EEO & Pay Equity Statements

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here .

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach and one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org .

For USA Job Postings Only: RTI participates in the US Government E-Verify program. Further information regarding the E-Verify program and laws that are designed to protect you against discrimination relating to your legal right to work in the US can be found here .

For San Francisco, CA USA Job Postings Only: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Further information is available here .

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

Hiring Salary Range

$78,000 - $96,000

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