Data Scientist

Full time

Employment Information


The DarkStar Group is seeking a Data Scientist with a TS/SCI + Poly clearance (applicable to this customer) to join one of our top projects in McLean, VA. Below is an overview of the project, as well as information on our company, our benefits, and our $25,000 referral program.

The program

The DarkStar Group is a member of 100% of the winning teams for the largest technology program in the Intel Community. We’ve been supporting this customer on many different sub-projects of this program since our founding in 2013. We’ve grown on this effort by providing the customer with Engineers who have done exceptional work, and we’ve retained our staff by paying very strong salaries, and working hard to ensure each Engineer is doing work that aligns with their career interest.

The project

The Sponsor is an IT-oriented office that aims to revolutionize analysis by creating and supporting tools that enable analysts to find relevant information more effectively, to identify connections across datasets, and efficiently publish reports to the community. It also provides IT consultation services to help various customers to achieve their strategic goals. To that end, the Sponsor requires expertise in data science to help identify and facilitate integration of AI/ML capabilities into Sponsor-developed enterprise applications.

The role

  • The Contractor shall identify and advise the Sponsor about the feasibility of integrating AI/ML capabilities—both internally developed “experimental” capabilities and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packages—into existing enterprise applications used for search and discovery or the production of reports.
  • The Contractor shall advise and assist in integration of AI/ML capabilities into the Sponsor’s existing enterprise applications as required.
  • The Contractor shall review commercial, open source, and government-provided technical information, systems, and demonstrations to evaluate claims of system performance and capabilities.
  • The Contractor shall advise the Sponsor about the feasibility of technical requirements and the plausibility of technical claims.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated experience collecting and interpreting customers’ technical requirements and (including AI/ML requirements) translating those requirements into action items for solicitation or development.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating technical information, systems, and demonstrations—particularly AI/ML focused—in light of requirements and communicating conclusions to customers.
  • Demonstrated experience performing system testing to validate performance and functionality claims and to assess integration potential with existing systems.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a technical environment with data visualization tools such as Tableau and Power BI.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating tools and algorithms that perform natural language processing, data mining, and analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience with machine learning concepts and associated computing frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience developing for, and deploying software onto, cloud computing environments such as Amazon Web Services.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a technical environment with data formats such as XML, and JSON.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a technical environment with hierarchical, relational, and non-structured databases.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a technical environment with programming languages such as SQL, No-SQL, Python, C++, Java, and Ruby on Rails.

Desired Skills (Optional)

  • Demonstrated experience integrating AI/ML capabilities into existing enterprise applications.
  • Demonstrated experience with the Sponsor’s datasets, to include unstructured, structured, and semi-structured datasets
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Sponsor’s analyst cadre and familiarity with the Sponsor’s analytic culture.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large language models and general artificial intelligence models.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively solve problems and an established track-record for working across organizations while effectively engaging with analysts, managers, developers, data scientists, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Sponsor’s startup incubator, to identify, evaluate, and transition commercial software tools.
  • Demonstrated experience with functional evaluation of the Sponsor’s proprietary software.
  • Academic and or work experience in the fields of Data Science, Operations Research, or Computer Science.

About The DarkStar Group

Our Company

The DarkStar Group is a small business that solves BIG problems. We’re one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the US, and our engineers and scientists support the most critical national security missions in Virginia, Maryland, and elsewhere. Data Science, Software Engineering, Cloud/AWS Infrastructure, and Cyber/CNO are our core areas of expertise. We offer interesting and important work, job security, some of the best and most flexible benefits you’ll find in the IC, and salaries so strong that they’ll likely surprise you.

Our Benefits

The DarkStar Group offers exceptional compensation and benefits:

  • very strong salaries;
  • 100% company-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums for you and all dependents;
  • the ability to get increased salary if you don’t need medical/dental/vision;
  • 100% company-paid disability and life insurance benefits;
  • a generously-funded HSA;
  • an 8% 401(k) contribution;
  • 31 days of PTO/holidays to start (more with tenure);
  • the ability to flex time across pay periods without using your PTO;
  • a generous training budget;
  • $25,000 employee referral bonuses;
  • business development / growth incentives; and
  • top notch company swag.

We have a huge growth opportunity, so we are offering up to a $25,000 reward for anyone new you refer whom we hire.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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