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Emerging Technology Fellowship

We’re looking for purpose-driven technologists and innovators to join this unique fellowship experience with xD. The Emerging Technology Fellowship (ETF) recruits the best and brightest technologists with expertise in emerging data technology trends to build a better government for everyone.

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Applications are being accepted from November 1st, 2022 - December 15th, 2022. See details below.

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2023 Cohort

Base Salary

$112,890 - $146,757*

*Before locality adjustment. Locality determined by location.

Pay Scale & Grade

GS-15

Location

TBD Upon Selection

Travel Required

Minimal

All U.S. citizens welcome to apply. Applications are being accepted November 1st, 2022 - December 15th, 2022.

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Applications must include your resume and be emailed to: etf@census.gov. Please include the subject line "Emerging Technology Fellowship Application."

Who should apply to the Fellowship?

We’re looking for teammates who are motivated by curiosity and have a desire to make lasting positive impact. Emerging Technology Fellows bring an entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in emerging technologies to solve some of the most pressing federal data challenges of the 21st century. If you love a challenge, have demonstrated leadership in your career, and you’re looking to apply your talents towards high-impact projects, you may be a great fit for the Emerging Technology Fellowship!

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Working at xD gives an opportunity to work on interesting data problems with interesting people from within one of the most quietly important agencies in the U.S. There is no shortage of issues in government that can be improved with better collection, management, and use of data, and xD gives exposure to a bunch of them.

Aidan Feldman, 2017 Fellow. Technologist, Dancer, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service NYU|Wagner

What Specialized Experience Are We Looking For?

Qualified candidates demonstrate experience exercising a high degree of creativity and seasoned judgment and apply agile, lean, open-source, and human-centered design principles to develop new concepts, products, and services in response to challenges faced by customers and stakeholders; writing code in programming languages such as Python, SQL, R, Java, JS, Go, Scala, C, C++, Julia, or MatLab; and managing technical projects as a project manager, technical lead, product manager, or team lead.

If you have the specialized experience above, please ensure it is reflected in your resume as it will be used to determine your qualifications.

Ideal candidates have professional experiences in the following categories:

  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Responsible AI
  • Data Governance & AI Policy
  • Privacy-enhancing Technologies
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Technical Project Management
Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t worry too much about the content of the email. We’re only looking at what’s in your attached resumé. Please use the subject line “Emerging Technology Fellowship Application” in your email and email your application to etf@census.gov.

Give us an honest read on what makes you a great candidate! Don’t undersell yourself and try to use descriptive language about each of your listed roles (i.e. What did you do? What skills/programming languages did you use there? Did you manage a team? etc.). And, be sure to demonstrate leadership in technology projects, especially projects that have leveraged any of the topics listed in the “How will my resumé be evaluated?” question below in the FAQs. While we do not require a specific format, your resumé will be reviewed by federal HR specialists. So if you’d like to get a sense of how typical federal resumés are formatted, we encourage you to visit USAJobs to take a look.

We know you’re more than a resumé so here are some other things we’re looking for. You have an entrepreneurial mindset, are open to trying new things, being wrong, and consistently improving. You are independent yet collaborative, you enjoy working with a variety of technical and non-technical stakeholders, you’re passionate about using your skills to solve real-world problems, and you excel at implementing new techniques from ML/AI/Data Science research into your work. You’re flexible, you like a challenge, and you’re motivated to find creative solutions while guiding/inspiring others along the way.

Specialized Experience: For the GS-15, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 in the Federal Service. Qualified candidates demonstrate experience exercising a high degree of creativity and seasoned judgment and apply agile, lean, open-source, and human-centered design principles to develop new concepts, products, and services in response to challenges faced by the Census Bureau and other Federal agency partners; writing code in programming languages such as Python, SQL, R, Java, JS, Go, Scala, C, C++, Julia, or MatLab; and managing technical projects as a project manager, technical lead, product manager, or team lead.

We typically accept applications for the Fellowship once a year in Fall.