Data Analyst & Programmer

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Position Information

Position Title Data Analyst & Programmer
Requisition Number STFR003406
Division/College College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Division/College
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Grade 12
Posting Date 09/26/2017

The Data Analyst and Programmer will analyze and manage trade and law enforcement data to identify illicit activity related to imports, exports and visa applications for Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
• The Data Analyst and Programmer will apply data analytics and computer programming to the export, import, visa and related law enforcement and private sector databases.
•The Data Analyst and Programmer will employ “big data” applications and methods and programming tools to develop research algorithms, crime analytics and strategic reports.
• The Data Analyst and Programmer will also conduct data preparation, data normalization and data cleaning and perform various types of database joins using the big data analytic applications. The Data Analyst and Programmer will also assist in the preparation of data documentation and statistical reports related to illicit trade and will assist in the preparation of requests for specialized analyses for inclusion into presentations to officials at HSI, DHS, Congress, groups and government agencies responsible for cross-border enforcement in other nations, and cross-border related private sector enterprises.
• For the purposes of assessing computerized search algorithms/queries identified through the Exploratory Methodology Methods (EMM) process, the Data Analyst and Programmer will analyze federal government data from information systems relating to import, export trade data and visa applicant data . In addition the position is responsible for the analysis of data from trade related and cross-border enforcement data from the private sector, and foreign government agencies.
• Throughout the tenure of this position, the Data Analyst and Programmer will apply a comprehensive statistical and computer programming knowledge to apply appropriate statistical and data methods, border enforcement authorities and techniques for the purpose of developing cross-border crime analytics and strategic reports. The analyst/programmer must be able to employ machine learning analytics and statistical/programming applications including SPSS, Datameer, Python, and R for the purposes of database management and statistical analysis.
• The Data Analyst and Programmer will work with the EMM experts and Principal Investigator.


The incumbent must have at least a Master’s degree level of education and two plus years’ experience in the management and analysis of data. Since the statistical techniques be employed the analyses of BEAP data must be appropriate to “big data” environments (e.g., hundreds of millions of records), and since additional techniques will be incorporated into BEAP analyses, the incumbent must be able to rapidly learn appropriate statistical and analytic applications that will be applied to these types of data. The applicant should also have experience in preparing analytic reports administrators and policy makers.
Experience with machine learning analytics, SPSS, Datameer, Python, and R database management and statistical applications. Candidate must be able to receive a security clearance from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Documents Needed to Apply

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  2. Cover Letter
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