Junior Data Engineer

Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
We are seeking a Junior Data Engineer to be part of our DataOps team that includes solution architects, software engineers, data management specialists and data scientists. You will contribute to the design and implementation of scalable data solutions including the development of automated and batch ETL data pipelines to ingest and validate data to modern data repository systems.

Job Responsibilities:
• Assist in the development and management of high performing, flexible data pipelines and data processes.
• Work with domain experts to translate data requirements to processing specifications.
• Monitor performance and data quality using automated testing frameworks.
• Stay apprised of emerging methods, technologies and best practices related to data acquisition.
• Contribute to the design and optimization of relational and NoSQL data repositories.
• Contribute to the development of data quality assurance plans and KPIs.
• Contribute to the management of risk and the design of system redundancies.

Basic Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's degree, preferably in an information technology or related field.
• Proficient with data processing languages such as Python, R or SQL.
• Familiar with relational databases, stored procedures and storage optimization techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with developing data summaries and visualizations using open source libraries.
• Familiarity working within Git for version control and tools such as GitLab or GitHub.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills; organizational skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; be detail-oriented; and work well in a fast-paced team environment.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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