Elder Research, Inc. is interested in Data Scientists / Predictive Analysts for its growing team in the Washington, DC / Baltimore, MD area focused on national security.   The applicant must be a US citizen and have, or be willing to apply for, a top-secret security clearance.


  • Work with clients, managers and technical staff to understand business needs and develop technical plans to deliver needed results.
  • Develop, deploy, and implement predictive models and protocols for mining production data sources.
  • Appropriately implement existing analytic methods and tools; applying theory to practice.
  • Quickly learn new analytic methods and tools as needed.
  • Create analytic models and test hypotheses in a collaborative and rapid-paced work environment to meet client needs.
  • Work with a team of analysts to continually improve ERI’s product offerings and state of the art tools and techniques.
  • Develop and deliver data mining courses.
  • Senior positions will entail:
    • Leading predictive analytics project both with Federal government and private industry clients.
    • Managing teams of analysts and helping with mentoring/training.
    • Giving presentations on a deeply technical level, as well as high-level overview to senior management.
    • Giving technical sales presentations to potential clients as the technical expert.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or other technical field.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis, predictive modeling, natural language processing, machine learning, conceptual modeling, and/or hypothesis testing.
  • Ability to work in one or more of the following toolsets:
    • SAS
    • R
    • SPSS
    • Rapid Miner
    • MATLAB
  • Senior positions will require:
    • 5 to 10 years experience in data mining and predictive modeling using sophisticated algorithms.
    • Significant experience leading advanced analytics projects in a business or government application.
    • Working knowledge of ensemble methods and text mining.
    • Keen understanding of the business value perspective on predictive analytics.
    • Experience deploying and monitoring predictive models.
  • US citizenship required.
  • Must have, or be willing to apply for, a top-secret security clearance.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Masters or PhD in Engineering, Math, Statistics, Physics, or other technical field.
  • Experience in using computer programming tools in the pursuit of analytic solutions, such as using base SAS, Java, R, Perl and/or Python.
  • Statistical, mathematical, and predictive modeling skills.
  • Knowledge of predictive analytic discipline and theory, including background working with:
    • Supervised learning techniques such as Neural nets, CART,  Regressions
    • Unsupervised learning techniques such as Clustering or Segmentation
    • Advanced topics including Text Mining, Link Analysis, Time Series and/or spatial data.

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