Operations Research Analyst - #261164

US Department of Transportation

Date: 05/14/2021 23:01 PM

City: Washington, District of Columbia

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

  • Duties




This office is responsible for assessing the operational performance of the National Airspace System (NAS), and providing analytical products and services to Air Traffic Management personnel.

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Performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments under the limited direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced technical specialist.

Acts as a contributing specialist on large work activities or as a team leader for single or small work activities.

Assignments often includes, designing, validating and testing, extensive research, applying mathematical modeling, statistical analysis and other optimizing methods to develop information that assists management with decision making and shared responsibility for project/program management.

Applies experience and advanced technical knowledge in operations research, mathematical, statistical, econometric and scientific theories, principles, concepts, methods and techniques to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies.

Provides recommendations to improve work processes.

Establishes policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion to determine the appropriate method for data analysis or to recommend new methods.

Defines data requirements and gather and validate information.

Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced technical specialist.

Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention.

Develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations.

Analyzes data using probability statistics to identify trends or relationships among variables.

Evaluates data resulting from applying mathematical or statistical tools, models, methods, and techniques.

Complies, codes, categorizes, calculates, tabulates, audits or verifies data which contributes to the identifying of recurring problems aviation and aerospace industries including airline operations.

Assists more experienced analyst to analyze and identify areas for improved efficiency of the operational performance of the NAS by designing, developing, adapting and applying statistical models, fast-time simulation models, and other research methods.

Validates and tests simulation models, while working with operational data sources, such as Aviation System Performance Metrics (ASPM).

Acts as a key technical point of contact for assigned activities.

Contributes to the preparation of management/technical reports or contractual documents, and may communicate the overall results of a project or work activity to FAA management, the aviation and aerospace industries, and other external.

Work is reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. Work activities typically support and are vital to the success of projects or activities of one or more organizational units, ATO, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry or the safety of customers.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

1515 Operations Research

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-H or FG/GS-12) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience at the next lower level, FV-H:

  • Experience compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating and verifying data
  • Experience evaluating data quality.

  • You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.
  • Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.
  • AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.
  • Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.
  • Management may choose to interview all, some, or none of the referred candidates.
  • This position is not covered by PL 92-267 for early retirement purposes, and is therefore, not eligible for "good time" credit.
  • . Position is ineligible for true time and one half.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy

Due to the Pandemic and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Basic Requirements:

Degree: in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

Evaluation of Education:

The primary requirement of operations research work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Therefore, applicants should have sufficient knowledge of applied mathematics to understand and use the fundamental concepts and techniques of operations research methods of analysis. In addition, some positions may require knowledge of a specific subject area.

Courses acceptable for qualifying for operations research positions may have been taken in departments other than Operations Research, e.g., Engineering (usually Industrial Engineering), Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, or Management Science.

The following are illustrative of acceptable courses: optimization; mathematical modeling; queueing theory; engineering; physics (except descriptive or survey courses); econometrics; psychometrics; biometrics; experimental psychology; physical chemistry; industrial process analysis; managerial economics; computer science; measurement for management; mathematical models in social phenomena; and courses that involved application of operations research techniques and methodologies to problems of management, marketing, systems design, and other specialized fields; or other comparable quantitative analysis courses for which college-level mathematics or statistics is a prerequisite. Courses in theory of probability and statistics are highly desirable, but are not specified as minimum educational requirements because to do so would possibly exclude some applicants who would otherwise be well qualified.

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