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Operations Research Analyst

ARA’s Capital Area Division in Alexandria, VA is seeking an Operations Research Analyst to support and conduct projects requiring interdisciplinary operations research methods including mathematical modeling and statistics. This includes but is not limited to developing and applying models and concepts that help to illuminate management issues and suggest solutions approaches using predictive analytics, geospatial analysis, big data analysis, optimization, game theory, forecasting, process and mathematical modeling, and probability and statistics.

As a valued contributor to our project team, your responsibilities will also include working with customers to define project requirements and scope work efforts, providing advice, guidance, and direction to the teams, and interfacing with external entities.

As an employee of ARA, you will have opportunities for career advancement and continued learning outside of your primary job functions. We strive to identify cross-train opportunities and encourage staff to interject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs. At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff are empowered to research and develop their own ideas – with resources and support from a strong internal technical team and external partners. Day-to-day, you can expect flexibility in choosing the level of autonomy suited to you while enjoying a challenging technical career with great opportunity for personal growth.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with statistical modeling packages such as Python, R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, and MATLAB
  • Ability to interpret and analyze large and complex datasets for presentation to all levels of organizational leadership
  • Experience with predictive analysis, trend analysis, sensitivity analysis, and other common techniques
  • Experience with querying, manipulating, and updating databases for analysis and visualization
  • BS in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or Social Sciences with a quantitative focus or similar degree with 5+ years of relevant work experience, or MS with 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • US citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance and a DHS Suitability

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with data visualization tools such as Tableau, Qlik, Microsoft PowerBI, and d3.js
  • Interest in data science, data analysis, data visualization, and mathematical algorithms

Company Information

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1000 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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