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Pathways Recent Graduate Data Scientist (Financial Interchange)

Successful Recent Graduate Data Scientist applicants are placed in a dynamic, one-year development program with the potential for a civil service career at the RRB following the completion of the program. The Recent Graduate Data Scientist program is open to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Additional eligibility and program requirements can be found on the job announcement and interested candidates must apply through the website at this link:

Specific responsibilities of a Pathways Recent Graduate Data Scientist include:

  • Provide technical advice and assist in reviewing the accuracy of calculations for inclusion in the annual FI determinations as specified by law
  • Plan and develop complex statistical programs involving mainframe and personal computer applications
  • Work closely with the bureau's computer specialists and other staff in the development of computer programs for the processing of data
  • Conduct individual research in the fields of social insurance, private insurance, and pensions, and make comparisons between the railroad retirement program and similar programs for workers in other industries
  • Compose a variety of technical publications, memoranda, etc., pertaining to aspects of the FI
  • Prepare data processing requests for program changes, review documentation, prepare test data, and review test output
  • Work with reviewers and auditors from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to coordinate case reviews and audit issues
  • Utilize SAS, R, and Microsoft Office software packages (including Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)) to accomplish a variety of work assignments