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Data Scientist Research Programmer, Entry Level

RAND seeks Data Scientist Research Programmers to join the Research Programming Group (RPG). Our Programmers are a world-class resource for RAND’s researchers. As part of the RPG team, you will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best in the profession. 


  • Work as a member of research teams to identify and answer important research questions
  • Acquire a strong understanding of research topics and a thorough knowledge of the data and programming efforts involved
  • Answer research questions by using appropriate data analytic techniques
  • Manipulate and analyze complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources
  • Communicate findings to technical and non-technical staff

Basic Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of multiple programming languages including Python and/or R
  • Experience with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data mining
  • Experience working with distributed computing tools such as Spark or Hadoop
  • Experience with cloud platform providers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure
  • A strong passion for empirical research and for answering hard questions using quantitative methods
  • A flexible analytic approach that allows for results at varying levels of precision
  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner
  • The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter with the ability to solve data analysis problems independently.

BA/BS in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, or related field required. MA/MS preferred.

2 years minimum related experience required, 3 or more years related experience preferred

Security Clearance
Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. government security clearance is preferred.

Santa Monica, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Boston

Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet