Operations Research Systems Analyst - ELSYS - Hybrid - Smyrna, GA - (Open Rank)

Submit Resume ID: 499110
Type: Researchers
Location: Smyrna, GA
Categories: Aeronautics, Algorithm Development, System Architecture, Machine Learning, Military Vehicles, Modeling/Simulation, Project/Program Management, Sensors Integration, Software Development/Design, System Engineering, Aerospace, Aircraft, Avionics, Data Analytics/Science

Project/Unit Description

The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) System Engineering Research Division (SERD) seeks an Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) researcher in the Defense Systems Architecture Analysis (DSAA) Branch. SERD research focus areas are in applied Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), collaborative web-based software tools, and modular open systems engineering. These research areas support the development and application of analysis methods for the purpose of evaluating and assessing architectures and models, which is the focus of the DSAA branch within SERD.

The ORSA researcher works under the guidance of other senior GTRI researchers performing one or more of the following activities: application and development of architecture and/or model analysis methods, programming and/or modeling and simulation, Model-Based Systems Engineering, and data modeling. Applicants should have experience with programming and/or modeling and simulation. The strongest candidates would also have background experience with MBSE and Open Systems Architectures, including experience with one or more of the following Systems Modeling Languages/Tools: MagicDraw, Cameo Systems Modeler, Enterprise Architect, Rational Rhapsody, etc.

The Systems Engineering Research Division’s (SERD) primary location is in Smyrna, GA (15 miles northwest of Atlanta) but has researchers located at various GTRI field offices across the country. GTRI field offices provide the opportunity for a physical presence close to our sponsors, maintaining the ability to leverage the researcher base primarily located in the Atlanta metropolitan area. SERD offers a hybrid work environment where employees are in the office 3 days a week with an option to work remotely up to 2 days a week, with coordination and approval from their supervisor and depending on project requirements. For this position, the primary location is Smyrna, GA but candidates interested in being stationed at any of the following GTRI field office locations will also be considered.
• Aberdeen, MD
• Boston, MA (GTRI New England)
• Colorado Springs, CO
• Dayton, OH
• Huntsville, AL
• Orlando, FL
• Panama City, FL
• Patuxent River, MD
• Phoenix, AZ
• Quantico, VA
• San Diego, CA
• Shalimar, FL
• Tucson, AZ
• Warner Robins, GA
• Washington, DC

Additionally, this position will consider researchers being positioned at the following cities with growing sponsor bases:
• Detroit, MI
• San Antonio, TX

Job Purpose

The Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) applies advanced analytical and systems engineering methods to support critical decision making. The ORSA researches, develops, and integrates new and existing system simulation frameworks, prediction models, logical models, and analysis techniques. The ORSA also models operational environments, performs trade studies via computer simulation and provides decision support for alternative architectures. In addition, the ORSA designs and develops decision support tools that integrate modeling and simulation into intuitive and interactive graphical user interfaces. The ORSA also elicits information from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and stakeholders, and iterates with them to develop qualitative models of their expertise and/or needs and utilizes applied statistical analysis, machine learning, optimization, and visualization to support defensible decisions and decision processes. In addition, the ORSA conceptualizes, designs, and develops software solutions to implement system simulations, models and analyses and develops, integrates, and tests software and conceptual ideas to implement decision making methods and processes. Lastly, the ORSA develops methods, processes and software tools to help design, integrate and manage complex systems and system engineering processes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct sponsor engagement and facilitate definition of analyses and decision support activities
  • Synthesize models and processes into a cohesive, computationally efficient, and consistent form
  • Develop technical reports detailing models used and processes followed for developing a decision support solution
  • Review and verify work-products are consistent and that they address the needs of the sponsor
  • Mentor and support the teaching and training of junior-level researchers

Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop and apply functional analysis methods and tools
  • Analyze architectures and SysML models for alignment with Government reference models, and/or suitability for usage in functional analysis tools
  • Synthesize analysis results into conclusions, recommendations, and options
  • Construct function models and data models
  • Present technical and program management presentations to Government sponsors
  • Teach and train other researchers and sponsors on the use and application of operations research/modeling, simulation, and analysis approaches, methods, and techniques

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with software development and/or modeling and simulation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Familiarity with functional analysis and design tools, particularly graph-based
  • Experience with object-oriented software development
  • Experience developing and/or using databases
  • Familiarity with natural language processing
  • Experience with OMG SysML tools such as MagicDraw, Cameo Systems Modeler, Enterprise Architect, Rational Rhapsody, etc., or architectural analysis tools
  • Familiarity with open architecture standards
  • Experience presenting technical content to research sponsors

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education and Length of Experience

Levels 3, 4

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Science, Engineering, Math, or related field 
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Science, Engineering, Math, or related field
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Science, Engineering, Math, or related field

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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