Applied Mathematician

SAIC - Chantilly, VA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $93,000 - $120,000 a year
Job Description


SAIC is seeking a senior-level Mathematician to join the Space and Missions Group (SMSG). SMSG provides specialized program management, engineering, analysis and operations support to a variety of Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers. You would support the cutting-edge programs in national security-related systems based in space, in the air and on the ground.

This experienced Mathematician will work in a collaborative team-focused environment with technical understanding and practical application in prototyping, designing, and integrating niche tools which will be used in an analytical environment. This position will help progress, establish, incorporate, and advance current and promising concepts to inform tactical decision making timelines. Your role is to provide needed knowledge and proficiency to develop algorithms to conduct analyses to support physics-based modeling for Indications and Warning platforms and sensor systems in the defensive space domain. This position is available immediately and is in direct support to the community’s space situational awareness mission.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Conduct analysis of mission data applicable to defensive space domain to promote awareness and understanding about threat behaviors and vulnerabilities
  • Formulate and interpret problems in mathematical or computational terms
  • Design, develop, use, and evaluate mathematical models, methods, and algorithm application to explore concepts and solve problems for the customer
  • Develop, maintain, and enhance complex and diverse software algorithms (e.g. processing-intensive analytics, novel process development, manipulation of large data sets)
  • Advance and progress space-based models for integration into simulation scenarios
  • Research analysis products and tools for possible integration to enhance Modeling & Simulation framework
  • Create new tools and applications using a variety of software languages, frameworks, and libraries
  • Improve, support, and test a Modeling & Simulation framework to support other team member’s analysis work
  • Refine and enhance existing applications to better meet the customer’s mission
  • Code, test, and maintain internally developed mathematical software tools

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology field, or related discipline is required
  • Eight to twelve years of experience of demonstrated on-the-job knowledge creating software applications
  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming languages such as Python, C/C++, Java, .NET on windows and UNIX systems as appropriate
  • Hands-on experience creating algorithms and engineering tools for data processing and modeling and simulation
  • Practical understanding in modeling and simulation with a focus on optimization, including theoretical and numerical methods for analysis of current and future systems
  • Must have the aptitude and attitude to tackle unsolved technical challenges
  • Capability to distill complex problems into digestible structures/formats
  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph
Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Mathematics, Physics, Data Science, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in developing new capabilities, methodologies, and processes to improve data extraction
  • Experience and knowledge related to visualizing and conveying information results
  • General understanding of orbit theory, orbit determination, and orbit propagation
  • Previous experience supporting the Intelligence Community and/or the Department of Defense
  • Ability to communicate very technical subjects to a diverse audience with varying levels of technical expertise
  • Experience in data analysis and modeling and of operational space systems, assessing performance in current and projected operational environments
  • Strong software programming skills and applied experience in programming languages such as Python, Matlab, C++, R, or Java
  • Knowledge and experience with configuration management and version control tools

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