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IPA Mobility Program Opportunity

The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program provides for the temporary assignment of personnel between DHS, CBP and state and local governments, colleges and universities, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and other eligible organizations, and vice versa. The initial IPA assignment may be for a period of up to two years. Organizations are reimbursed for the IPA's salary and a portion of other related benefits while serving under this appointment. For further information regarding the IPA program and eligibility requirements, please visit this link.

Below are the temporary assignments currently available. To view details, click titles below.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Expert

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Expert will collaborate with in-house data scientists and application developers to support efficiencies in development of new innovative solutions to achieve the mission. Key components of the job will include data modeling and scenario simulation, in which the expert may serve as an advisor to recommend solutions and identify implementation possibilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Connecting innovative ideas with realistic solutions involving a combination of cognitive science theory and computer science
  • Identifying and recommending areas in which the business can enhance targeting, modeling, and simulation based on subject matter expertise
  • Enhancing existing programs by coding areas in which a program can intelligently collect new information and modify behavior accordingly
  • Applying advanced signal processing techniques to solve problems and overcome challenges
  • Staying connected with emerging trends in artificial intelligence and machine learning to remain on the cutting edge in applying and experimenting with new methods
  • Implementing solutions based on a distributed computing model

Preferred Experience Factors:

  • Experience and familiarity with applications development activities
  • Understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms
  • Understanding of Cloud Service Provider requirements and environments, as well as understanding of SaaS services and requirements
  • Experience in Machine Learning APIs, frameworks and AI tools
  • Experience in using Big Data and business intelligence tools, including data lakes
  • Ability to explain complex statistical models to non-experts and business executives
  • Experience with Unix tools and functions
  • Experience with mobile applications

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT11
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Human Centered Design Expert

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Human Centered Design Expert will collaborate with application development teams to provide user perspective on new products, especially mobile applications. This expert will provide leading methodology perspective related to user-focused design to enhance the enduser experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as an integrator between business needs and technology solutions, helping to create technology solutions to meet business needs
  • Performing project tasks independently and may direct the efforts of others
  • Participating in or leading the development of products or deliverable content
  • Evaluating business needs with a user-centric lenses and apply human-centered solutions to business challenges
  • Reviewing products for accuracy and quality
  • Providing human-centered design coaching to others

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Degree in computer science, UX/UI or a degree in a related field along with industry experience
  • Experience with Confluence and/or Jira
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems and applications
  • Experience writing user stories and user flows as well as creating sprint schedules based on user stories
  • Experience with Agile methodologies
  • Experience conducting discovery and ethnographic research along with designing and piloting human-centered solutions
  • Ability to facilitate and drive discussions about product vision and features
  • IDEO certification

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT12
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Data Scientist

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Data Scientist is responsible for focusing on data architecture and data analytics. A key responsibility will be discovering information hidden in vast amounts of data to help leadership partners make smarter decisions for CBP. The ideal candidate will possess relevant and extensive experience applying data mining techniques, performing statistical analysis and constructing predictive modeling systems integrated with current processes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Understanding of ideal structure and relationships within big data architecture
  • Using state-of-the-art methods for data mining
  • Enhancing data collection procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems
  • Processing and verifying data used for analysis and visualizations
  • Providing ad-hoc analyses
  • Creating automated anomaly detection systems
  • Conducting analysis related to uncovering and synthesizing patterns in data
  • Participating in creating hypotheses supported by data observations
  • Conducting analyses using advanced statistical methods to achieve business goals

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Relevant academic or proven experience in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics or related field
  • Ability to recognize and interpret patterns in data and participate in creating hypotheses supported by data observations
  • Ability to translate and communicate findings to support business objectives
  • Experience with common data science toolkits and data visualization tools
  • Ability to utilize applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, multi-variate calculus, linear algebra, etc.
  • Skill in scripting and programming (i.e., SAS, SQL, Java, and Python)
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems
  • Ability to build software and systems
  • Ability to manage and maintain big data, especially data transformation
  • Experience in data mining to achieve outcomes

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation with Top Secret security clearance

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT13
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Expand DHS CBP, OIT: Site Reliability Engineer

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Site Reliability Engineers will focus on big picture view of how various systems within CBP relate to each other to optimize performance, availability, reliability and maintainability. Seeking candidates who can embrace culture of diversity (various mission areas in CBP), intellectual curiosity, and transparency (openness on work, no agenda to advance other than optimizing system performance). The incumbent will collaborate, think big, take risks and be self-directed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging in and improving the whole lifecycle of services; from inception and design through deployment, operation and refinement
  • Supporting services before they go live through advising on system design, developing patterns, frameworks and platforms, capacity planning and design/pre-production reviews
  • Maintaining services once in production by measuring and monitoring availability, latency and overall system health
  • Sustainably scaling systems through use of automation, evolve “heritage” systems by instituting changes that improve reliability of systems and velocity of development teams
  • Developing and practicing sustainable incident response and blameless post-mortem

Preferred Experience and Education Factors:

  • Degree in computer science or a degree in a related technical field involving coding
  • Experience with algorithms, data structures, complexity analysis and software design
  • Experience in one or more of the following programming languages: C, C++, Java, Python, Go, Perl, Ruby or Scala
  • Ability to design, analyze and troubleshoot large-scale distributed systems
  • Experience utilizing systematic problem solving approaches
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to debug code, optimize code and automate routine tasks

Job Location: Washington D.C.

Security/Suitability Requirements: Background investigation

If you are interested in this position, please email the below items to: CBPIPAProgram@cbp.dhs.gov

  • IPA Announcement Number: IPAOIT14
  • Resume/Cover letter
  • Contact information

*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Last published: 
January 12, 2018
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