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    The position is located in the Risk Reduction Program Division, Office of Safety Analysis, Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in Washington, DC.  You will serve as an Operations Research Analyst with broad responsibilities for initiating, developing, and directing research and evaluation of programs with particular emphasis on the solution of complex, nationally important railroad safety and regulatory issues.

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    As a Operations Research Analyst, you will:

    • Serve as an expert in operations research methodology, especially statistical analysis and statistical modeling, you will be responsible for evaluating the effects of changes within the National Railroad System (NRS) that might affect system factors such as safety, costs, efficiency, and service.
    • Based on problem areas identified, you will develop detailed statements of project objectives and goals, plan, manage, and conduct research projects.  You will formulate and carry out research plans that explore fruitful areas of research in relation to FRA’s safety programs.  
    • Develop and specify methods, techniques, and instruments to be used in studies of safety regulations. Expand and enhance new methods especially using statistical or mathematical modeling skills.
    • Lead subject matter teams, develop statements of work for and provide technical direction to contract personnel. Serve as Technical Monitor on contracts.  You will advise contractors in the design, development, and implementation of complex studies and the development of tools for operations research and statistical modeling.  You will obtain information for model inputs and determine appropriate measures for model variables.
    • Plan and conduct analysis of data, interpret data, draw conclusions and develop recommendations for system modification.
    • Identify critical problem areas and conceive, plan, design and conduct field studies of railroad employee safety related performance. Handle major studies that have far-reaching results on the railroad industry.
    • As an authoritative expert, prepare reports and communicate highly complex, technical information.

    The ideal candidate statement:    This position is perfect for a mid-level professional with strong research and analytical skills and experience with the rail industry and the National Railroad System; mission focused and looking for great health benefits. Top candidates should have knowledge of issues affecting railroad safety in order to develop and initiate new voluntary safety programs and to evaluate existing railroad safety programs. Expert communication skills are essential.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Some travel is required for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1515 Operations Research

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