Operations Research Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 10, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will be accepted from United States citizens (U.S. citizenship required at time of application).

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here.


For information on veterans’ preference click here.


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here for specific program requirements.  To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the follow documents:

           ·    Application or resume;

            ·    Statement requesting MSP; and

            ·    Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders


90-Day Competitive Certificate: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90-days from the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as/if additional vacancies occur during this period.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft in the performance of TDY.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance
  • Incumbent will be subject to a pre-employment and radom drug test
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Incumbent must obtain and maintain Top Secret clearance

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. 


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-13) or equivalent.  Specialized experience is defined as expert knowledge of U.S. and foreign fighter aircraft and systems, air-to-air missiles of all types (radar, IR, optical, etc.) countermeasures, air-to-air combat tactics, techniques and procedures. Knowledge and mastery of at least one air-to-air combat model (e.g. Brawler or a similar model). Knowledge and mastery of one or more specialized areas of operations research sufficient to apply new analytical developments, methodologies, and research findings to broad studies of an unprecedented nature.  utilizing advanced analytical, mathematical or statistical theories and techniques to provide expert judgments concerning the validity of assumptions made and the criteria to evaluate alternatives; coordinating extensive high visibility or program-critical projects; identifying problem areas, trends and/or similar factors to improve program operations and management systems; and designing, building and using complex, sophisticated models to simulate real-world environments. 




To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:


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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 

1. Expert knowledge of the Brawler or similar air-to-air combat model. 

2. Expert knowledge and mastery of U.S. and foreign fighter aircraft and systems (EO, IR Optical, and radar sensors; electronic attack; electronic protection; etc.), air-to-air missiles of all types (radar, IR, optical, etc.), countermeasures, and air-to-air combat tactics, techniques and procedures.

3. Knowledge and mastery of a broad range of methods and techniques used in classical and modern advanced operations research studies and possession of analytical abilities.

4. Knowledge of expert quantitative techniques and methods used to develop, adapt, modify, and apply models to resolve problems or define and clarify alternative solutions.                                             

5. Ability to participate in study teams; originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies; and execute projects and/or studies within established financial and/or time constraints.

6. Ability to recognize and use correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicate information in writing in a succinct and organized manner; and produce written information, including technical material, which is appropriate for the intended audience.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


1. A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution in mathematics, computer science, one of the physical sciences, engineering or a closely-related scientific discipline is highly desired. Advanced degree(s) are preferred.

2. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.

3. Must exhibit a high degree of judgment, resourcefulness, originality, and the ability to foresee the impact of changing technology.

4. Ability to acquire and maintain a Top Secret/SCI/SAP (SSBI required) security clearance.  This position is designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. Illegal drug use by employees in sensitive positions present a clear threat to the mission of the Air Force, national security, and public safety. It is required that you (a) refrain from the use of illegal drugs and (b) if requested, submit to urinalysis testing.

Top Secret


· The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a senior Air Force (AF) operations research analyst and to provide expertise in initiating, applying, and planning major developmental studies. Air Force Studies and Analyses, and Assessments is recognized as the air Force authority on operations research, advanced, analytical, mathematical and statistical theories, principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to provide expert judgments concerning the validity of assumptions made and the criterion to evaluate alternatives and providing expert guidance and advice to Air Force headquarters staff, major command (MAJCOM) activities, and/or other agencies.

· Builds input files for, runs and post-processes data from air-to-air combat models such the
Brawler Air-to-Air Combat Model. Works independently to develop Brawler model input files, run the model and post-processes the model output in support of studies focused on various aspects of air-to-air combat and to provide air-to-air combat result data to other models.

· Employs scientific and analytical techniques to define, quantify, and evaluate the feasibility of assigned projects, studies or problems. Performs independent analysis leading to unique
analytical research proposals and studies that recommend alternative courses of action to senior AF officials. Designs, researches, and conducts complex, major developmental tudies that are unique, difficult to define, and require unconventional approaches. Assignments include high visibility programs, unusual urgency or critical issues which require application of the full range of advanced scientific and experimental techniques.

· Reviews and evaluates study projects, proposals, and/or reports for adequacy of methodology, including the use or development of computerized models, ensuring the techniques used are valid and appropriate to the problem or issue identified. Ensures problem is clearly defined through data collection, research, and investigation of objectives and relevant criteria.

· Serves as a consultant and Air Force level technical expert to senior subject matter specialists and/or agency officials responsible for broad program operations. Utilizes technical knowledge to formulate, determine, and/or influence Air Force (AF) policy. Conclusions and recommendations have a direct impact on AF level management plans and decisions regarding policies and procedures. Conducts analysis of various systems, relationships, and models; i.e., evaluating and/or redefining the impact of new capabilities on current systems and policies. Advises other analysts on matters concerning scientific work requiring the design, development, and adaptation of mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques.  Attends meetings, conferences, briefings, and seminars related to program planning, advanced technologies, and support system concepts. Represents the AF with other experts within the Department of Defense (DoD) services and industry to establish guidance. Interfaces with headquarters and other technical/analytical agencies on advances in state-of-the-art technology.

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