The Lab @ DC

The Lab @ DC is a scientific team in Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration, based in the Office of the City Administrator. DC residents deserve a government that asks questions, tests policies, and iteratively improves how it serves the community. The Lab @ DC partners with District agencies to do just that.

Nov 26, 2019
The Lab @ DC is seeking a Senior Data Scientist who can use their expertise in machine learning and causal inference to make a positive, lasting difference for DC residents. Join our team of Social Scientists, Data Scientists, and Operations Analysts at the forefront of evidence-based policy. Working within the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, you will use insights from large administrative datasets to affect a variety of policy decisions in areas like  public safety ,  economic prosperity ,  housing and homelessness ,  public health , and  education . The Lab has the relationships and access to data in each of these policy areas to support this important work. As Senior Data Scientist, you will conduct original work and lead a small team of Data Scientists working towards shared goals for the District.Your contributions will directly inform decisions at the highest levels of DC government and allow you to see your impact on DC residents. What we’re looking for in a candidate: A drive to use skills in programming, statistics, and scientific communication to make a positive difference in DC residents’ lives, particularly for historically disadvantaged populations. Expertise in creatively determining which analytic approaches and computing techniques are most appropriate for a given dataset and policy or program need. At least a Master’s degree in computer science, data science, economics, statistics, mathematics, or other quantitative field. Expertise using R or Python (ideally, both) for descriptive statistics, predictive analytics, machine learning, causal inference, and other scientific methods to learn about and derive insights from the relationships within complex datasets. Experience accessing data through a variety of methods including APIs, SQL databases, SSH/SFTP. A plus for experience designing and building data infrastructure needs. Experience managing projects, including timelines and stakeholder conversations. A leader who can push both their team and data science in DC government forward. What’s in it for you: The opportunity to contribute to key policy and budgetary decisions. Skills to influence how policies and programs are designed across a range of important issues. The ability to shape the strategic direction for data science across DC government. Experience at the forefront of applied machine learning, data engineering, and field experiments. Use large record-level datasets - sometimes going back decades - from a city, county, and state (DC functions as all three) for the public good. Collaborating day-to-day with a tight-knit interdisciplinary team of nerds with a passion for public service. Publications (from tweet storms and blog posts to press and peer-reviewed journals). Presentations at academic, government, and industry conferences. You’ll submit your application through DCHR’s website. Here are some tips we recommend. Go to  careers.dc.gov  and Search for job ID “9134.” The position is located in the Office of the City Administrator. You will need to create a login, but after that you can save and return to your application at any time. In Step 6 “Education and Work Experience,” you need to complete only the “Work Experience” Section. We’ll get everything else from the Resume/CV you upload in Step 2. Please do not submit a cover letter or any supplemental materials (we don’t plan to read them). Please don’t hesitate to email  the.lab@dc.gov  if you have any questions or issues — we’re happy to troubleshoot. Apply by December 13  
The Lab @ DC John A. Wilson Building, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA Full time