Research Scientist (TS/SCI clearance REQUIRED) - Systems, Tactics & Force Development Division

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #386
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Systems, Tactics, and Force Development (STF) division is part of the Center for Naval Analyses, which is the Department of the Navy’s Federally-Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).  Its mission is to provide analysis for decision-makers to support the development of tactics and employment of forces, the modernization and management of forces, and the establishment of integrated requirements.  The division includes 70 full time and part time analysts with advanced degrees in physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and other technical disciplines. Analysts support decision-makers by quantifying naval warfighting capabilities and limitations under realistic employment conditions; developing empirical or theoretical estimates for the performance of fleet systems and platforms; and developing creative solutions to complex tactical and force design challenges.

 

The STF Division’s key lines of research include tactical employment analyses, force development analyses, and system performance analyses. Our tactical employment-related work focuses on the tactical development of systems, platforms, and forces; warfare and multi-mission tactical employment from platforms to maneuver units, and capability gaps.  Our force development-related work focuses on technology military utility requirements, cost effectiveness analyses, future force architectures, and modernization issues.  Our systems performance-related work focuses on design/engineering analyses, test performance and systems operational evaluations, system/system-of-systems interoperability, and modeling performance under operational conditions. The STF Division is currently organized around warfare domains with four research programs: Undersea Warfare; Surface Warfare; Strike and Air Warfare; and Cyber, IT Systems, and Networks. Analysts from these research program typically work collaboratively with research staff from other research areas across the FFRDC.

PRIMARY PURPOSE

Represents level for those with some relevant experience and increasing ability to operate independently.  Staff at this level will typically be leading smaller and/or less complex projects, playing a critical role as a team member on projects with specific technical/scientific expertise, or operating as a field rep.  Consistently produces high quality analysis.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION AND/OR DUTIES

1. Routinely produces analysis on structured and unstructured problems that meets CNA’s quality standards with limited direction and general supervision.  Demonstrates ability to develop and apply creative and innovative analytic solutions to complex problems with assistance/support from more senior staff. Shows the ability to synthesize analytic results into a broader context. Can lead complex analytic projects with supervision.  Begins to make connections and synthesize ideas across multiple, related studies.

 

2. Develops and maintains deep, specific institutional knowledge and expertise of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, and issues.  Uses that knowledge to support training & mentoring of new staff, to support on-going work, and to support development and shaping of new work for existing clients/ sponsors.

 

3. Balances responsiveness to guidance with independent action.  Contributes productively and harmoniously to the work of others; treats everyone respectfully, professionally and fairly.  Independently identifies opportunities for collaboration within team, division, and operating unit. Supports supervisor's initiatives and helps make vision a reality. Recognizes and acknowledges contributions from subordinates.

 

4. Supports business development efforts and/or marketing activities by interacting with CNA managers and current clients/sponsors on securing follow on work (e.g., small grants, or above core projects), expanding or developing new ideas for future projects, and occasionally working with potential clients/sponsors on developing new project ideas.  Occasionally serves as internal reviewer of technical proposals.  

 

5. Interacts regularly and independently with clients/sponsors and related parties.  Typical interactions are at the "peer equivalent" level, but some level of interaction at senior level.  Can effectively represent CNA as an organization.

 

6. Influences decisions by sponsors/ clients; provide sponsors/clients with implementable recommendations.  Occasionally supports efforts to enhance CNA's reputation via publishing and outreach activities.

 

7. Demonstrates strong and effective communications skills, to include ability to summarize and synthesize larger pieces of work into effective executive summaries/executive briefings.  Can effectively present work to more senior and larger audiences.  Effectively communicates with & engages colleagues at all levels of the organization.

 

8. Works under limited direction and general supervision from division management.  Can lead projects of low to medium size and/or complexity, as well as significant tasks on large or more complex projects.  Effectively manages all aspects of assigned projects, to include delivery of high-quality analytic products on-time, and on-budget.  

 

9. Plays a supporting role in the mentoring and training of new staff individually or as a member of a project team. Regularly demonstrates initiative in pursuing improvements in the quality of our projects and analytic products.  Participates in corporate initiatives when asked to do so, and makes contributions to initiatives focused on making CNA a better place to work.

 

10. Performs other duties as assigned.


JOB REQUIREMENTS

1. Education: Minimum Master’s degree in physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering or relevant degrees, PhD preferred.

 

2. Experience: Typical minimum requirements 5+ years of experience in research and analysis.

 

3. Skills: Ability to work on progressively more difficult projects/analyses, including directing portions of large research projects or small to medium projects under general supervision; Ability to operate independently and proactively in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Strong and effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact directly and effectively with clients and influence their decisions.

 

4. Working environment: The work conducted in STF Division is mostly classified, which must be done at CNA’s HQ facility in Arlington, VA.  However, in those situations where analysts are working on unclassified parts of a classified study or on a study that is not classified, we offer a hybrid working environment that allows analysts to work off-site (typically from home). Some amount of travel is expected to meet with sponsors/clients outside of the greater Washington DC area.
 
5. Other: TS/SCI clearance required upon hire

***Required Documents***
1. Cover Letter - Please include a cover letter as part of your application to be considered for this position. A cover letter should introduce yourself, briefly summarize your professional background, explain why you are a good candidate and the reason for your personal interest in applying for this job
2. Transcripts - Please include your transcripts as part of your application to be considered

***Voluntary (but highly desired) document***
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