Geospatial Statistics
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - Springfield, VA

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PROJECT DETAILS

NGA InnoVision is seeking a scientist with demonstrated ability and R&D experience in geospatial statistics for characterizing uncertainty in geospatial datasets and processes.

Emerging GEOINT tradecraft areas such as activity based intelligence, and human geography seek to combine data from various sources that may differ temporally, in type (e.g., raster and vector), scale, quality, and uncertainty, as a means to enhance the discovery of complex patterns and trends of interest used to support operational decision making. Uncertainty handling is often left to the discretion of the analyst, with serious implications to the decision maker if performed inadequately. The structure of spatio-temporal uncertainty must be rigorously modeled to reliably assess the impact of its propagation through various stages of geospatial processing toward a final product. Of particular interest are the quantification, conveyance, and visualization of spatial uncertainty intended for a diverse array of applications and users.

This position is for participation in the Washington, D.C. area.

INDIRECT BENEFITS OF POSITION

Selected fellows will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising NGA. NGA’s extensive partnering relationships with other government agencies will expose fellows to a broad government research community. Program participants will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in government activities. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education RESEARCH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM For the NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL- INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants should have a PhD in Physical Sciences with expertise in mathematical and/or applied statistics.
  • Current college or university faculty members on sabbatical are also eligible.
  • Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants must have strong stochastic modeling and simulation skills, as well as significant experience with structural analysis via the use of variograms and related geostatistical techniques.
  • Solid experience building custom applications for ArcGIS is highly desirable.
  • Proficient with Matlab and C/C++ programming.
  • A self-motivated ability to work across diverse scientific teams and staff is expected, and publishing findings in various scientific fora is highly encouraged
  • Applicants should have experience working within a research environment and show an ability to conceptualize a broad research agenda, to plan and execute specific research projects, and to meet task deadlines and goals. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for the applicant. Please see further eligibility under Security Requirements.
  • A background check will be conducted for a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance. Completion of a Questionnaire for National Security Positions is required. Details can be found under the Security Requirements section. Visiting scientists are also subject to Counterintelligence Polygraph examinations in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.
  • NGA is a drug-free workplace. Initial and random drug tests will be conducted.
BASIS OF SELECTION

Participants will be selected based on a 4-page maximum statement of research interests, relevant experience, academic performance, overall technical expertise, publications, recommendations, and compatibility of background with basic and applied research programs and projects at NGA and/or the host installation.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education RESEARCH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM For the NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL- INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH INTERESTS

The statement of research interests should describe previous research experience and outline the relevance to this project. The research interest statement is a significant component of the selection criteria and should be no longer than four-pages. NGA and the selected candidate will work cooperatively to define mutual research assignments and goals in support of the NGA mission and the candidate’s educational pursuits.

APPOINTMENT TERM AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The initial appointment period will be not less than 3 months and may be up to 1 year. The appointment may be renewed for up to 2 additional years, total appointment not to exceed three years, based upon recommendation of NGA and subject to availability of funds. This is a full time residency appointment with NGA. Participation will require SCI clearances and drug testing, and work will not begin until all security processes and drug testing are completed successfully.

Applicants should be aware that due to security requirements, applications should be submitted no later than 6 months prior to desired start date. During the entire period of the award, participants must devote their activities to the approved research program and must be in-residence at an NGA facility or other approved facility and not at their home institution. NGA operates major facilities in the St. Louis, MO and the Washington, D.C. area, with headquarters in Springfield, VA. NGA approval is required before participants may accept additional monetary aid or other remuneration from another fellowship appointment or similar grant during the period of award.

Participants will be working in a classified environment. Approval for any publication of articles or presentations during the appointment is subject to the NGA process for public release of information. The requirement for publications and presentations to undergo a NGA public release process extends beyond the term of the appointment when a research product, article, or presentation contains information directly arising from participation in the appointment. For inventions conceived of or reduced to practice during the appointment, the fellow shall assign to NGA a perpetual world-wide royalty-free non-exclusive irrevocable license to practice the invention on behalf of the Government. An intern or fellow may hold a copyright in information created by the intern or fellow during the appointment.

COMPENSATION

The selected candidate will receive a monthly stipend. The stipend rate is determined based upon level of education, training, and experience. Inbound travel and moving expenses may be considered and reimbursed according to established policies. Limited travel and other costs will also be reimbursed for training related to the project as approved by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and NGA. The participant does not become an NGA employee, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through ORISE for Postgraduate Internship or Fellowship participants. The monthly stipend is intended to cover

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education RESEARCH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM For the NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL- INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)

costs for health and medical insurance. NGA does not provide additional compensation for these expenses.

APPLICATION

Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selections are made as openings occur throughout the year. NGA expects there to be multiple positions. The Visiting Scientist Program for NGA is administered by ORISE. A complete application package consists of:

  • Application
  • Current
curriculum vitae or resume

  • Two completed reference forms
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of research interests (four page maximum)
Please reference

Project #NGA-13-388 when calling, emailing, or writing for information. For immediate consideration applicants may forward their resumes or curriculum vitae to the email address listed at the end of this announcement. Additional information and application material can be found on the following website www.orau.org/maryland.

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

The program is open to qualified U.S. citizens ONLY without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

  • The "Questionnaire for National Security Positions," Standard Form 86 (SF-86) and "Fingerprint Chart," Standard Form 87 (SF-87) September 04 must be completed by the selectee to initiate a background investigation.
Instructions for completing these forms will be provided following appointment acceptance. All documentation must be completed within two weeks of appointment acceptance and required clarification must be completed within two weeks of request.

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Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) required (may take 4-5 months to complete). As a mandatory prerequisite for the appointment to this facility, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen. Clearance determinations are based upon careful consideration of the following:

o Allegiance to the United States

o Foreign Influence

o Foreign Preference

o Sexual Behavior

o Personal Conduct

o Financial Considerations

o Alcohol Consumption

o Drug Involvement

o Emotional, Mental, and Personality Disorders

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

RESEARCH PARTICIPATION PROGRAM For the NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL- INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)

o Criminal Conduct

o Security Violations

o Outside Activities

o Misuse of Information Technology Systems

  • Applicants must undergo a comprehensive background investigation and be adjudicated in accordance with the guidelines set by "Director of Central Intelligence Directive 6/4" and DoD 5200.2-R, "Department of Defense Personnel Security Program Regulation." Available, reliable information about the person, past and present, favorable and unfavorable will be considered in reaching a determination. Each case will be judged on its own merits, and any doubt concerning personnel being considered for access to classified information will be resolved in favor of national security.
  • A counterintelligence polygraph will be required.
  • NGA is a drug-free workplace. Initial and random drug tests will be conducted
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