FBI seeking senior level data scientist

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The FBI is looking to hire its first senior level data scientist for the bureau’s cyber division.

“The addition of a senior-level position acknowledges the growing cyber threat, which is a top priority threat for the FBI,” according to Thursday’s press release.

The FBI is looking for applicants from the public or private sector, according to the press release, with experience in computer science and data analytics, and expertise in cybersecurity, data mining, data visualization and computer networking.

The new hire would give technical and operational guidance, and would be responsible for evaluating the current cyber program’s architecture, implementing new processes and streamlining management, the release says.

The new data scientist would also represent the FBI on intelligence community groups.

“The addition of a senior-level position within the Cyber Division is unprecedented, and we are eagerly anticipating the ways it will contribute to our mission to identify, pursue, and defeat cyber adversaries,” said James Trainor Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, in the press release. “We are excited to see how the division will continue to evolve to combat the cyber threat with the assistance of the new senior level data scientist.”

The new hire would would be considered a senior-level adviser and consultant for management officials, including the cyber division assistant director, and would “brand the FBI’s cyber program,” Trainor said.

This announcement comes at a time when the FBI is investigating the highly-publicized hack of the Democratic National Committee.

[Read more: Why the public may never know who hacked the DNC]

FedScoop did not receive comment from the FBI prior to publication.

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