Data Architect

Bethesda, MD, United States
Apr 11, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a Dovel company, is an exciting growth oriented company, dedicated to providing mission critical scientific and technical services to the Federal Government. We have a distinguished history of supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies. MSC offers a dynamic and upbeat work environment, excellent benefits and career growth opportunities.

We attract the best people in the business with our competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, Medical and Flexible Spending Accounts, Pre-Tax Transit Assistance and tuition reimbursement. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing, professional service and technology focused organization, please apply today!

Duties & Responsibilities

MSC is seeking a Data Architect to support enterprise IT systems at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Contingent on Award.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provides expertise in designing, creating, deploying and managing an organization's secure data architecture within a hybrid Azure and on-prem environment.
  • Analyzes existing legacy system databases to determine data availability and needs with respect to the legacy applications.
  • Able to define how data should be securely stored, consumed, integrated and managed by different data entities and IT systems, as well as any applications using or processing that data.
  • Expresses strategic data requirements, outlining high level integrated designs to meet these requirements, and aligns with enterprise strategy and related business architecture.
  • Provides guidance for infrastructure and software architecture and planning. Identifies and guides development of data standards.
  • Develops data architecture principles, creates models of data that enable the implementation of the intended business architecture, creates diagrams showing key data entities, and creates an inventory of the data needed to implement the architecture vision.
  • Assist with providing documentation artifacts for data assets and inter-relationships.


  • MS or PhD plus five (5) years specialized experience in building, planning, modernizing, and developing data architectures.
  • Experienced in all phases of data modeling, including conceptual, logical, and physical database modeling
  • Database optimization experience.
  • Breadth of knowledge is required in established and emerging data technologies.
  • Depth of knowledge is required in established data management and monitoring technologies.
  • Requires the ability to conceive and portray the big data picture and to initiate, evaluate, and influence projects from the perspective of the entire organization.
  • Experience mapping the systems and interfaces used to manage data, sets standards for data management, analyzes current state and conceives desired future state, and conceives projects needed to close the gap between current state and future goals.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Agile principles and methods.
  • Experience with enterprise data modeling tools like Sparx
  • MS Azure experience, including migrations
  • MS SQL Server, MS SSIS, PostgreSQL, and ETL experience
  • COTS DB integrations
  • Must meet all requirements for obtaining and maintaining a Public Trust Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with clinical or grants data
  • Familiarity with Lean and Agile practices
  • Azure Data Factory experience is highly desirable
  • Leadership experience

Medical Science & Computing (MSC), a Dovel company, is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Company Description

We are a trusted government partner that blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to help our customers solve complex problems that improve, protect, and save lives. As a rapidly growing company, we combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus, and an outcomes-based approach to support agency missions in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management.

The Dovel Family of Companies offers employees an opportunity to advance beyond a specific role or contract, we offer a path to develop an enriching career. We believe in empowering a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth.

What you'll get...
  • Time Off! Flexible schedules and company paid holidays allow you to take the time you need.
  • Investment in YOU! 401(K) company contributions are yours to keep with no waiting period.
  • Choices! Unique healthcare plans to choose from with options like fertility and orthodontia benefits.
  • Discovery! With our tuition assistance and training programs, we support your career advancement.
  • Tax Savings! Enroll in pre-tax Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending, HSA with company contributions, parking, and/or transit commuter benefits.
  • Support! Working parents and busy professionals - we've got you covered with a supportive culture, confidential Employee Assistance Program, and membership to
  • Perks! Employee discounts, peer recognition programs, company-wide wellness challenges, and fun community events.
  • A Voice! A unique culture where you can influence decisions and have your voice heard.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.