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Senior Reseach Scientist - Operations Research Analyst

Battelle Memorial Institute • Tampa, FL

Posted 11 days ago

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Job Description:

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking Senior Research Scientists – Operations Research Analysts to support the USCENTCOM J8 Resources and Analysis Directorate. This position is located at MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL

Work shall be primarily performed at USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, FL. Alternate places of performance may include OCONUS locations such as USCENTCOM Forward Headquarters in Doha, Qatar; component command locations (NAVCENT, AFCENT, ARCENT, MARCENT); and potentially other CONUS/OCONUS locations. These positions are contingent upon award of the contract. Anticipated start work date is 1 May 2017.


Provide on-site technical expertise and capability for assessing operations and analyzing plans, including support to contingency operations (refer to Joint Publications 3-0 and 5-0). The contractor shall plan, develop, implement, and facilitate efforts to assess operations in the USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) and analyze plans, such as the Theater Campaign Plan (TCP), Operation Plans (OPLANS), Concept Plans (CONPLANS), Operation Orders (OPORDS), Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOS), commander’s estimates, and other plans or operations.  The contractor shall support Operational Planning Teams (OPTs), Crisis Action Teams (CATs), and other assigned boards, bureaus, centers, cells and working groups (B2C2WG) as needed.  Planning support includes: participating in mission analysis activities to ensure measurable and achievable end states, objectives, desired effects, and tasks are developed; leading USCENTCOM planning teams in developing assessment frameworks and methodologies; managing planning teams in assessment activities; and integrating assessment activities and findings across the staff.  The contractor shall: educate, train, assist and guide staff members during the assessment processes; support the planning and execution of exercises to reinforce staff training and proficiency in assessments activities; integrate assessment findings with USCENTCOM’s Quarterly Readiness Reviews; integrate assessment findings with the annual Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Comprehensive Joint Assessment (CJA) and other Joint Strategic Planning System (JSPS) activities; and provide technical expertise to assist in implementing USCENTCOM sponsored initiatives which improve DoD-wide Joint and Service doctrine for Operations and Campaign Assessments.  The contractor shall assist the CCJ8 in its role as the secretariat for the Campaign Assessment Board (CAB), Campaign Assessment Working Group (CAWG), and the USCENTCOM Assessment Cell (CAC) and shall support all other B2C2WG as necessary. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Execute analysis and study projects with high visibility, unusual urgency or program criticality; requiring a variety of operations research techniques and tools.

  • Apply conventional operations research methods and techniques to identify and solve real-world problems for the USCENTCOM AOR exercising sound military and analytic judgment in applying standard professional OR practices; creative and innovative in selecting and applying operations research techniques and tools to solve problems, enhance performance, or increase efficiency and effectiveness; 

  • Use statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modeling, or other methods to analyze information and develop practical solutions to fit specific situations;

  • Perform analysis of program/project performance and design of experiments;

  • Work on very large, extremely complex projects of major importance which may have national and international impact; understand and explain underlying unique and very difficult to define relationships which may require unconventional approaches or the application and adaptation of sophisticated analytical techniques producing original results;

  • Work on a wide variety of ambiguous, complex, compounding problems given only a skeletal framework or foundation for departure characterized by either their expansive breadth or depth where analytic precedents and guidelines often do not exist;

  • Work special projects requiring division-level attention and guidance;

  • Work independently or as part of a team to complete projects on an assignment that is a segment of a larger project, or a phase of a specific question; perform assignments arising from previous studies which exposed problems or were highlighted in other applications;

  • Develop and support new analytic capabilities as requirements evolve within the command (e.g., data mining and analysis, systems analysis, social analysis, wargaming, survey design and analysis);

  • Recommend technical improvements, and analytic capability development for critical mission challenges;

  • Brief senior leaders on potentially controversial, and/or sensitive results and findings that may involve differences of opinion or varying interpretations among experienced and respected professionals;

  • Provide technical expertise to USCENTCOM leadership and other key decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action for problem solving;

  • Provide support regarding inbound and outbound tasks utilizing the USCENTCOM Task Management Tool;

  • Provide input and consolidate feedback of past, current and future activities for the CCJ8, to include but not limited to weekly and quarterly updates and executive summaries for the leadership;

  • Coordinate support for studies and interface regularly with the USCENTCOM staff and partners from DOD, Joint, Interagency, Coalition, and NATO, and shall support studies conducted by those partners;

  • Document working groups’ results, conferences, in-progress reviews, and other milestone activities;

  • Perform work with a marked degree of technical authority assume responsibility for each step of the analytic process, the thoroughness of the study, application of relevant factors for analysis, significance of the findings and effectiveness of the presentation;

  • Initiate, oversee, and/or develop requirements from a project’s inception to conclusion for extremely complex programs; develop project requirements, plans, and schedules to support analysis and requirements activities;

  • Determine the nature of ill-structured or broadly stated problems; identify problem ramifications; pursue alternatives; provide technical expertise concerning the validity of assumptions and the evaluation criteria for study alternatives;

  • Define problems, conduct research, develop proposals for experiments’ design; isolate representative factors which describe the operation, perform data collection and reduction, display data for analysis, examine the underlying relationships and select appropriate methods or techniques, formulate mathematical expressions, construct analytical and mathematical models for understanding the effects of alternative courses of action, draws (often controversial) conclusions; develop operational insights; and prepare reports describing and justifying the results;

  • Document working groups’ results, conferences, in-progress reviews, and other milestone activities;

  • Routinely communicate with, prepare correspondence and presentations for, and advise senior leaders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a Operations Research Systems Analysis (ORSA) related field.

  • A demonstrated knowledge of DOD organizations and agencies, experience with operations supporting a Combatant Command Headquarters or senior level government agency, and experience as a senior level professional on a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Experience in the formulation and application of mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions.

  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data and development of decision support software, service, or products. 

  • Experience with developing and supplying optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

  • Working knowledge of the DoD and applicable programs and experience with operations within a 4-star geographic combatant command.

  • Must be a US citizen with a current DOD Top Secret clearance and ability to gain and maintain SCI as a condition of employment.

  • Proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office products, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Adobe Acrobat products.


  • Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in a discipline applicable to the effort and a minimum of five years of practical experience in the area relating to ORSA

  • Previous experience on a Combatant Command staff (military, government civilian, or contractor)

  • Previous experience on the USCENTCOM staff

  • Joint Staff experience


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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