Applied Statistician/Mathematician, Operations Researcher, Test Engineer - 34830 - Military Veterans

at Alion Science and Technology

Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Job Description

Alion Science and Technology is selecting qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds in Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Operations Research, and Test and Evaluation to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) T&E Center of Excellence (COE), located at Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Do you want to work in a rapidly growing organization that conducts research in and directly supports test and evaluation (T&E) for programs/projects across the Department of Homeland Security?  The ideal candidate has experience in developing new approaches, methods, and frameworks in test and evaluation of complex systems and statistics, but candidates with related backgrounds should consider a position on this dynamic team.

This is a technical support position: we integrate with test teams and develop new approaches, methods, and frameworks, test strategies, rigorous test designs, and support analysis for complex systems. Both degree level and experience will be considered for placement.

We are at the forefront of developing and applying advanced engineering and statistical techniques to T&E and are constantly exploring new methodologies. Your desire to continually improve and self-educate is a must to succeed in this dynamic work environment. This job is unique and all new employees are mentored by senior personnel for 6 to 12 months before being expected to work more independently. We will help you learn and succeed.

The DHS T&E COE provides tremendous professional growth opportunities to improve your technical knowledge, hone your practical skills, broaden your experience, and impact national security. The DHS T&E COE is a collaborative and energetic workplace where members discuss challenges, work together to develop new ways to solve problems, and provide practical products to our customers.

DHS T&E COE members perform the following activities:

  • Conduct applied research activities resulting in new approaches, methods, and frameworks in test and evaluation of complex systems from a solid technical and scientific foundation.
  • Implement new approaches, methods, and frameworks in test and evaluation of complex systems in coordination with DHS.
  • Provide statistical/T&E expertise to acquisition program and research projects
  • Lead development of test strategies, technical test designs, and post-test analysis
  • Employ various techniques and methods such as design of experiments, Bayesian analysis, regression modeling, and reliability planning
  • Employ statistical software (e.g. JMP, DesignExpert, R, Matlab or equivalent)
  • Support special studies for topics of interest to DHS senior leadership
  • Engage and mentor T&E practitioners in rigorous processes and technical test design
  • Communicate solutions to leadership orally and in writing, clearly and accurately
  • Provide specific recommendations, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned
  • Potential to present at technical conferences (e.g. Military Operations Research Society, Fall Technical Conference, DataWorks spring conference, International Test and Evaluation Association, Joint Statistical Meeting)
  • Potential to teach one to five day short courses on rigorous T&E methods and design of experiments


  • Ability to obtain a TOP SECRET clearance
  • MS (or higher) in statistics, applied mathematics, industrial engineering, operations research, engineering discipline, or similar field
  • ASSOCIATE Level: MS/PhD w/ 0-5 years experience
  • EXPERT Level: MS/PhD w/ more than 5 years experience
  • Desired: Experience with DHS or Defense T&E
  • Desired: Experience with Defense or DHS Acquisition

Security Clearance: Secret

Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Alion Science and Technology Corporation is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers.

Alion was formed in December 2002 when approximately 1600 employees of the IIT Research Institute (IITRI), founded in 1936, purchased substantially all of the assets of IITRI creating a 100% ESOP-owned company. Each Alion employee has a personal stake in ensuring the collective success of the company.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards. Several Alion locations are ISO 9001:2008 certified and we maintain a CMMI Level 3-appraised development facility, which employs robust, flexible and scalable processes to produce elegant, yet practical solutions.

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