Junior Modeling & Simulation Engineer Job at Applied Research Associates, Inc in Alexandria, VA

Job Description

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is looking for a Junior Modeling and Simulation Engineer to join our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists in the Capital Area Division, located in Alexandria, VA. The ideal candidate has a passion for predicting the behavior of physical systems in challenging environments and operational impact on mission success. Models will be developed, used, and improved to support a Department of Homeland Security customer to safeguard the nation’s borders and interior from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials, equipment, technologies, and their actors. Models may be based on the underlying physics or may be process or agent based to predict operational performance and impact. Modeling and analysis may require the use and development of 3D virtual worlds or geospatial data. Models will be verified and validated, and they will be used in support of test and evaluation activities of systems intended to detect and identify threats. The candidate may participate in test and evaluation activities to support the verification, validation, and overall improvement of models. Models may become part of larger, integrated modeling and simulation activities, and may require the use of high performance computing technologies and federated simulations.

This position is contingent upon award of a contract expected in Summer 2020 supporting the Department of Homeland Security.

Required Qualifications:
Ability to program in a high level programming language, such as Fortran, C++, or Java

Eagerness to learn new tools and techniques

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 2 years of experience or greater in a physical science (physics, chemistry, biology), engineering-related discipline (nuclear, chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical), or modeling & simulation disciple (computer modeling, computational science, operations research)

Desired Experience and Qualifications:
Experience modeling CBRNE detectors or effects

Experience using any software tools such as MCNP, GadRas, SWORD, ExtendSim, Arena, SolidWorks, Fluent, ArcGIS, QGIS, VisIt, ParaView, or Cubit

Experience creating 3D models of systems, i.e., CAD

Experience developing and using discrete event or agent based models and simulations to predict and assess system performance

Experience developing machine learning models

Background in a physical science or engineering discipline, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering

Active DoD Secret or Top Secret clearance, DoE Q clearance, or DHS Suitability

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at www.ara.com.



Bachelors or better in Physical Sciences or related field



Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

About Company

Company: Applied Research Associates, Inc

Company Location:  Alexandria, VA

About Applied Research Associates, Inc