Research Operations Planner

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 18, 2022
Aug 26, 2022
Full Time
Research Operations Planner - Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC)The George Mason University Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC), within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), invites applications for a Research Operations Planner. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The successful candidate will support the Principal Investigator(s) with the program execution and management of research activities as it relates to networking architectures. Primary responsibilities are ensuring on time and on budget delivery of sponsored research projects and providing System Engineering and Integration recommendations.About the Department:The Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC) ( focuses on providing its Department of Defense (DOD) sponsors a unique perspective on rapid prototyping that aligns with Section 804 in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Specifically, rather than developing a new system to satisfy intractable problems on the battlefield, RPRC integrates new technology into existing infrastructure. This unique approach reduces acquisition costs since the sustainment tail is in place. It also reduces the time to field intractable solutions to the battlefield from 10-14 years down to 1-3 years, and provides assurance that the prototype involved is integrated with the latest technology; not dated technology due to lengthy acquisition delivery timelines.Responsibilities:Day to day responsibility include leading research, development, and implementation of cyber initiative efforts. The incumbent will be responsible to build a leading applied research and intelligence-driven team to ensure solutions meet cybersecurity needs of RPRC's sponsors. In addition to the strategic development responsibilities, the candidate will lead a team (both subcontractor and employees) and provide leadership and direction to ensure successful implementation of research technologies.Support research, development, and implementation of cyber initiative efforts;Lead a team of Mason RPRC team members and subcontractors to implement cyber initiative efforts;Provide Cyber Operations Planning support to Combatant Commanders and other DoD organizations;Coordinate with COCOM and IC community experts to advance holistic campaign approach to the planning and conduct of cyber operations;Provide analysis and planning to integrate and synchronize cyber operations;Perform operations integration efforts to ensure a comprehensive approach to meeting COCOM requirements;Prepare, coordinate and staff formal cyber operations planning and execution documentation;Coordinate with partners on cyber threat, vulnerability, and/or incident-related information;Manage and strengthen relationships with existing customers and partners to improve operational integration and multidirectional information exchange on cyber incidents, vulnerabilities, and risks;Analyze network events to determine the impact on current operations and conduct all-source research to determine adversary capability and intent; andPerform research analysis to support cyber operation.Required Qualifications:US Citizen with TS/SCI clearance with a polygraph;Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 5 years' experience required;Experience providing analytic support to planning, resourcing, execution and assessment of cyberspace operations;Experience managing tasks and interfacing regularly with senior government officials;Experience in information operation planning;Experience with developing concepts of support and courses of action;Knowledge of cyberspace capabilities and available infrastructure or platforms;Knowledge of planning technical operations;Proven ability to manage complex research and development projects, including those developed under contract to the US government;Strong program management background with the ability to oversee the development and execution of the project, ensuring program is completed on time and within budget;Ability to provide technical assistance in prototyping new solutions or implementation of development/production systems;Strong presentation and customer facing skills, especially regarding analyzing technologies and processes within organizations;Proven thought leadership, strategic thinking and decision making;Experience advising and representing senior executives and business line leadership on technical related issues; andStrong sense of urgency and commitment, as well as sound business sense with a strategic, conceptual, and operational orientation.Preferred Qualifications:Requires a strong awareness of technical trends in information technology, develops and maintains a strong awareness of on-going IT projects and business unit requirements.A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology CorridorThe College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number F759AZ; and attach a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion mean to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information.Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by July 1, 2022; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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