Summary of Position
The Systems Engineering Research Center/Acquisition Innovation Research Center (SERC/AIRC) at Stevens Institute of Technology is seeking highly motivated individuals in the greater Washington D.C. area and in Hoboken, NJ to join its research team as Postdoctoral Researchers to support advanced technical and policy research activities under the direction of a senior principal investigator to ensure the successful execution of defense acquisition innovation projects. Appointments are typically for one year and are renewable up to a second year based on performance and the availability of funds.
Activities will depend on the projects as assigned and may include the following:
- Participate in the conceptual formulation, prototyping, and transitioning of innovative approaches for improving acquisition outcomes through the digital transformation of processes, data collection and governance, data sharing, and analysis.
- Access and analyze data on acquisition system performance, policy effectiveness, and barriers to implementation and improvement.
- Assess statutes, regulations, policies, and guidance related to specific functions in the defense acquisition system, including effects on government and industry performance outcomes. Identify potential waivers or changes that could improve acquisition outcomes while assessing their costs, benefits, risks, side effects, and implications for government and industry.
- Interface frequently with government representatives to understand and assess their needs and problems, identify and access data, share preliminary results, identify schedule constraints, prepare status reports, develop technical briefings and reports, and summarize findings for non-specialists.
- PhD in Computer Science, Data Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Management, Operations Research, Law, Business, Public Policy, Economics, or another appropriate field or discipline.
- Evidence of excellence in research and development as demonstrated through academic research results and any relevant work experience.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in developing innovative approaches to practical operational problems and executing cooperative, multidisciplinary research.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to represent the research approaches and results both in rigorous academic settings as well as to operational practitioners, leaders, and stakeholders.
- Experience in advancing and/or applying theoretical concepts from multiple disciplines to address complex grand challenges in government operations.
- Significant experience in policy analysis, data analysis, and data visualization as well as mixed research methods.
- Domain knowledge in one or more defense acquisition functions or disciplines.
- Experience applying research and analysis to practical, real-world problems.
- US persons status; active DoD security clearances are a plus.
This is a full-time position available immediately. Interested candidates should submit a CV (including a publications list), cover letter, two writing samples, and at least two (2) references.
AIRC was recently established to drive a culture of innovation by linking government acquisition teams with faculty research teams to develop, prototype, and test new ideas across the realms of technology, process, policy, contracting, law, and human capital. AIRC operates within the SERC, a University-Affiliated Research Center of the US Department of Defense, leveraging the research and expertise of senior lead faculty and researchers from over 20 collaborator universities throughout the United States.
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