U.S. Marine Corps OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST in Quantico, Virginia
Summary This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service. Responsibilities You will prepare a multitude of evaluation strategies, plans and reports using decision analysis techniques, optimization, statistical and mathematical processes and the incorporation of modeling and simulation to facilitate the evaluation of systems You will formulate issues, criteria, measures of effectiveness, and the methodologies to be used in operational evaluations. You will be responsible for the determination of test exposure plans and the preparation and validity of the reliability, availability, and maintainability assessment portion of such efforts. you will exercise originality and innovation in the application of a broad range of analysis techniques, such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation, in order to reach valid conclusions dealing with engineering developments. You will quickly assess the probable impacts of the validity of test results and the accomplishment of test objectives introduced by changes in the amount of data collected or the manner in which the test is conducted, and present recommendations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications GS-13: Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: a professional mastery knowledge of operations research encompassing statistics, physics, engineering, mathematics, as well as advanced knowledge of capability in the design of modeling and simulation tools; knowledge of in design and management of testing and evaluation programs, specifically those requiring application of knowledge of amphibious operations, Marine Corps tactical operations, doctrine of amphibious operations, and the broad spectrum of Marine Corps Research and Development (R&D) interests. GS-12: Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: ability to apply a broad range of analysis techniques, such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation in order to reach valid conclusions. GS-11: Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: skill in oral and written communication is required to define and explain complex technical results of tests to a variety of audiences. An ability to coordinate efforts of various personnel crossing agency lines and including military, civilians, contractors, and personnel of other DOD agencies is beneficial. GS-09: Your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: reviews technical reports, papers, scientific journals, and textbooks in order to enhance his or her knowledge of operations research, operational testing, and other disciplines which may be relevant to the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation. Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1500/operations-research-series-1515/ Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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. Education Basic Requirements: 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. In lieu of specialized experience, applicants may meet basic qualifications for this position with the following: GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree Evaluation of Education: The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area. Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science. The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified. Additional Information This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program. Several vacancies may be filled. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments. Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf.