Senior Data Scientist at General Dynamics Mission Systems (Huntsville, AL)

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Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, or a related Science or Mathematics field, plus 8 years or Master's
degree plus 6 years.


A TS/SCI security clearance with the ability to obtain a Polygraph is required at time of hire. Candidates must be able to obtain the Polygraph within a reasonable amount of time from date of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an opening for a Senior Lead Data Scientist. The Data Scientist will help us expand our insider threat capabilities to include more predictive analytics and data science capabilities. The successful candidate will help define the shape of this endeavor while working directly with our Insider Threat Program team members. The data scientist will identify data sources, perform exploratory data analysis, develop data models and improve the visualization of data sets to provide new user behavior insight. Additionally, the data scientist will develop and execute a strategy based on customer requirements that leads to effective and efficient insider threat detection.

This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation's core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


The Data Scientist will be part of a team within the customer space in support of their Insider Threat Program. The candidate will have hybrid experience in software development and data science. The Data Scientist's role would be to insert data science expertise into our team leveraging machine learning and advanced analytics to solve complex problems.
  • Participates in the research, design and development systems software, software applications and/or tools for new programs and subprograms
  • Identify and make enhancements, modifications, and corrections to existing software and/or data model
  • Identify new machine learning and advanced analytics methodologies based on available data sets, and implement dynamic models/algorithms
  • Collaborate with Insider Threat analytic personnel to understand their mission needs, and identify forward thinking data science approaches for operationalization
  • Participates as a Subject Matter Expert in internal review of software components and systems utilizing machine learning
  • Participates in collaboration activities with senior management and leadership within the customer space
  • Assist in the design, development, testing, and validation of multiple modeling design concepts to include but not limited to statistical, mathematical, and simulation models
  • Apply agile software development methodologies such as Scrum in the performance of tasks

  • 5+ years of experience with machine learning
  • 5+ years of experience with standard data science tool-sets
  • A strong computational mathematics background
  • A strong understanding of SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Python and/or Javascript experience
  • Capable of working on complex problems of diverse scope or situations or data that requires in-depth evaluation of variable factors
  • Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results
  • Detailed and very strong knowledge of technology trends and champions new ideas and product and process improvements
  • Very strong ability to excel at the development of new theories and methods
  • Very strong awareness of business objectives and Engineering's role in achieving
  • Very strong ability to be creative, innovative and responsible, and able to master advanced decision-making skills
  • Very strong ability to grasp and apply new information quickly
  • Shows initiative on assignments, and professionally executes projects as a technical SME with little or no direction
  • Very strong ability to be a team player who thrives in collaborative environments and revels in team success, meeting and exceeding personal and team commitments
  • Very strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Very strong ability to recognize and clearly report relevant information

Minimum Salary

USD $152,600.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $169,400.00/Yr.

Salary Note

This estimate represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors (geographic location, etc.). Actual pay may vary.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 12,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran
More Information on General Dynamics Mission Systems
General Dynamics Mission Systems operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in Fairfax, VA, Hanover, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, Anapolis Junction, MD, Florham Park, NJ, Pittsfield, MA, Taunton, MA, Dedham, MA, Greensboro, NC, McLeansville, NC, Marion, VA, Orlando, FL, Huntsville, AL, Bloomington, MN, San Antonio, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, El Segundo, CA, San Jose, CA and Quincy, MA. General Dynamics Mission Systems was founded in 1952. It has 8438 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 51 open jobs at General Dynamics Mission Systems, click here.
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