Interdisciplinary Operations Research Analyst/Mathematician/Computer Scientist

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Sep 06, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Full Time


This position is being filled under an Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA).

This position is part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
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As a Interdisciplinary Operations Research Analyst/Mathematician/Computer Scientist at the GS-1515/1520/1550-15 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • As an acquisition steward identifies and validate technical development needs, conducts or oversees initial strategy sessions to develop initial acquisition strategies, conducts or oversees market research, develops requirements documentation, develops cost estimates, conduct risk management assessments, develops acquisition or source selection plans.
  • Conduct or oversee technical reviews and monitor contract administration, performance.
  • Stewards software development project management processes, tools, templates, and activities to align business practices with government-wide regulations and policies consistent with established "best practices" in the areas of project management and process improvement methodologies.
  • Ensures technical activities, system plans, and acquisition strategies are executed to satisfy enduring mission requirements, and the organizational vision, intent, and priorities established by the Division Chief / Director and Senior Manager/ Deputy Director.
  • Oversees the daily operation and maintenance of the Division's independent In formation Technology (IT) infrastructure, services and systems hosted on DTRA-net.
  • Recommends required adjustment of information technology and software acquisition strategies to accomplish these tasks.
  • Organizes, integrates, and stewards acquisition strategies for IT systems enhancement, technical innovation and agile software development.
  • Responsible for RD-CXQ Research Innovation Group which recommends acquisition strategies that look beyond the state-of-the-art to identify and evaluate emerging technologies for their potential to close capability gaps and improve the functionality/effectiveness of existing DTRA RD-CXQ IT systems.
  • Ensures optimum use of technology development and eliminates redundant analytic processes by automating repetitive human analysis/work.
  • Oversees capability needs assessments, analysis of alternatives and stewards acquisition strategy development.
  • Works under the direction of Division Chief / Director and Senior Manager/ Deputy Director to oversee the submission, justification, and administration of IT program budgets.
  • Provides coherent executive level (3 Star and SES equivalent) briefings, talking points and other executive program level information messages reference advanced analytic program objectives, milestones, accomplishments and costs.
  • Leads, plans, and organizes technical staff to monitor IT programs ensuring they meet cost, schedule, and performance requirements and maintains accurate/credible cost, schedule, and performance reports.
  • Manages ongoing working relationships and expectations with users, stakeholders and decision authorities throughout program life cycles.
  • Provides technical oversight of efforts and proposals involving substantial resources and often requiring new programs/projects as well as changes in user work patterns, procedures and cognition.
  • Enhances interagency collaboration by developing sound collaborative program plans with clear priorities, and measurable goals.
  • Develops and implements overarching strategies, communicates cross organization roles/ responsibilities and coordination mechanisms, overcomes organizational differences in structure, program planning processes, and program funding.
  • Serves as the senior IT technical representative for the Division, and/or supported CCMD in meetings at the Directorate, Enterprise, Agency, Department, and Interagency levels.
  • Provides senior level technical input to taskings from the Senior Executive Service/General Officer/Flag Officers (SES/GO/FO) at DTRA and the supported CCMD.
  • Coordinates, negotiates and obtains consensus, agreement, and recommends IT priorities. Provides options and alternatives involving issues with major IT implications.
  • Guides the development of complex and highly sensitive customizable software applications for multiple projects. Applies national-level expertise in cutting-edge advanced analytics and data science to develop and maintain the R&D roadmap for the Division.
  • Provides direction and guidance through all phases of development, including stakeholder analysis, development, and execution of plans to implement new IT solutions.
  • Maintains expertise in state-of-the-art research in machine learning as applied to Natural Language Processing, pattern recognition, and information extraction from raw and finished intelligence and open source information.
  • Deploy solutions to be applied in a broad range of architectures, including High Performance Computers and mobile devices.
  • Leads research and innovates to embed state-of-the-art technologies, identify and evaluate emerging technologies for their potential to close capability gaps, and improve functionality, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • PCS: Not Authorized
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance, with eligibility for CNWDI and RD caveats, required.
  • A CI polygraph examination may be a condition to work on certain projects/programs.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter.
  • Some travel (up to 10%) may be required.
  • Performance during non-standard hours and weekends may be required.


You may qualify at the GS 15 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Providing technical guidance and stewardship of data analytic issue resolution. '
  • Executing complex information technology research and development.
  • Developing data analytic technology that responds to analytic needs.
  • Providing executive level data analytic technical information.
  • Research experience with Natural Language Processing, machine learning and information extraction.
  • Experience with rapid algorithm, computer code implementation, troubleshooting and end user service.

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

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1515/1520/1550, series as listed below:

1515 Series: Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
1520 Series: Degree: mathematics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics OR Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in mathematics (including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics), plus appropriate experience or additional education.
1550 Series: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Additional information

Other Notes:

Incumbent is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form, OGE 450, within 30 days of entering the position, annually and upon termination of employment in accordance with DoD Directive 5500.7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, August 30, 1993.

This is an acquisition Workforce position in the Information Technology career field. The incumbent is required to become certified, Level II, non-critical in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a position waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. The incumbent must obtain a minimum of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) for every 2 year CLP period, with a goal of at least annually.

This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For information on entitlement see

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc)

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Transcripts
  • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
  • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the lists of classes and credits earned.
3. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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