Junior Data Scientist (670378)

Ball Corporation Springfield , VA 22156

Posted 2 months ago

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit http://www.ball.com/aerospace, Facebook or Twitter.


  • This position is contingent upon contract award and is located in Springfield, VA*

Junior Data Scientist

What you'll do:

  • Work in a collaborative environment developing data science methods, tools, and algorithms to solve problems for government customers.

  • Support senior data scientist using a variety of state-of-the-art open source and cloud based technologies to solve data analysis and prediction problems using geospatial imagery and contextual data.

  • Implement innovative image classification, pattern recognition, and machine learning capabilities to provide solutions to challenging technical problems.

  • Document research through technical reports and papers.

  • Work in highly complex areas where ingenuity and creativity are required to provide solutions to major design problems.

  • Support planning of critical long-range technical requirements.

  • Conduct analytic studies and/or scientific studies in physics, mathematics, or engineering.

  • Support conceptual, developmental and planning functions for major programs.

  • Develop mathematical formulations and equations.

  • Support the installation, integration, assembly, modification, monitoring, operation, testing, and servicing of systems at company and client sites.

  • Provide technical data and evaluation for components, equipment plans, layout and contract requirements.

  • Build, install, monitor, test and service systems at company and client site.

  • Coordinate and work closely with other engineering, logistics, financial, and program management disciplines to define system specifications and requirements; direct on-site customer interface for system installation, integration, testing, survey, fabrication, and other engineering tasks as required.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What you'll need:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master's Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.

  • Development of customized code, scripts, modules, macro procedures, or libraries to implement specialized spatial analysis functions using languages such as Python, Java, JavaScript, PHP, C, Perl, or similar scripting and development languages preferred.

  • Experience working with and developing geospatial information systems (GIS) to include open-source and proprietary geospatial formats preferred.

  • Use and development with common geospatial tools, data, and operating platforms. These may include, but are not limited to: (preferred)

  • Tools

  • Boundless Spatial suite, Remote View, PostGRES/PostGIS, Oracle Spatial and/or other geospatial databases, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, Image Server, and File Geodatabases.
  • Data formats including KML, KMZ, NITF, TIFF, JPEG, GeoPDF, and similar geo-related formats and data structures.

  • Operating Platforms

  • ESRI, OpenGeo Suite, or similar.
  • Experience abstracting new or legacy systems via standards based APIs to include web services. Including but not limited to Open Geospatial Consortium standards.

  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following preferred:

  • Developing terrain analysis visualization and algorithms.

  • Developing automated detection algorithms.

  • Support NGA stakeholders in generating, executing, and assessing Cross-INT/Cross-Domain analysis and collection operations for assigned national and defense intelligence issues.

  • Facilitate IC and DoD activities that support the exploration and introduction of future concepts to demonstrate functions that have the potential to optimize intelligence integration and information sharing.

  • Support the development and execution of functional requirements as key drivers in concept exploration, development, and acquisition of GEOINT, OSINT, Single-INT, and Cross-INT/Cross-Domain automation services required for an adaptive, scalable integrated intelligence enterprise.

  • Support special projects and initiatives, including but not limited to Structured Observation Management, Object-Based Production, and Activity-Based Intelligence, to advance Analytic and Foundation GEOINT Modernization, operations, products, and other services, as required.

  • Support conditioning and enriching NGA holdings and other data acquired by the RFTs, especially unclassified OSINT, for ingestion into new and innovative data models.

  • Assist in driving the update and/or creation of innovative and technologically forward-leaning algorithms, models, and data sets which support Cross-INT/Cross-Domain analysis while reducing the resources needed for production and analysis.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.

  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.

  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is NOT Available

EEO Statement:


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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