Data Scientist

Location: Herndon, VA 20170

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Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Capital Area Division (CAD) has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Scientist to support prototype tool development and analyst tasking. Skills needed for this position include Jupyter Notebook / Python / Pandas / Numpy / R / Excel Wizardry. This position would also be ideal for a data focused developer with strong data modeling experience in SQL / NOSQL / API Building / Web Application Servers/Search Index. The ideal candidate is excited for new challenges, interested in working with users to characterize and solve their data science challenges, and undaunted by deep data management tasks from a wide variety of datasets/sources. The candidate should have experience in AI/ML techniques for deep-learning and pattern discovery. An example of data management tasks for a project could include modeling, acquisition (pulling, scraping, and query strategy), munging, model fitting, iterative characterization/querying to support analyst needs, storage, indexing, and delivery. The candidate will lead research efforts for data pattern discovery. The candidate will collaborate with a small team of other skilled researchers. The candidate is expected to make senior level presentations to government staff and to make recommendations on future research

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Data Science or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience
  • Experience with Jupyter Notebook / Python / Pandas / NumPy / R / Excel Wizardry
  • Experience in AI / ML techniques
  • Top Secret clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information based on a current and valid Single Scope Background Investigation
  • Knowledge and use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 12 years of experience
  • DevOps and continuous delivery experience
  • Containers/Docker
  • Knowledge of agile software development mindset and tools (JIRA, Git, Jenkins)


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs 1100 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Please apply at for the Data Scientist position. ARA is an EEO/AA employer.


  • 9 - 12 years: Relevant work experience


  • Masters or better


  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
  • Loyal: Shows firm and constant support to a cause
  • Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity


  • Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility
  • Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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