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Job #: R-00110364
Location: Alexandria, VA
Category: Policy Analysis
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Remote Type: Hybrid Remote
Clearance: Top Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $4,000.00
Group: Defense

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At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainably. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business.

Your greatest work is ahead!

We are in search of a Sr. Scientist/ Aerodynamic Flight Modeler or Sensors Analyst to join our group supporting the initiatives of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation (CAPE).  CAPE support requires a wide range of analytic capabilities ranging from quantum mechanics and chemical processes to mathematics and statistics; from the development and use of specific war fighting models to evaluation of military operations across a spectrum of conflicts.  This team provides analytic studies and operations research support using quantitative modeling, simulation, and technical analysis to CAPE.  The successful applicant will assist CAPE in their mission to provide quality, data driven analysis and alternatives to senior decision makers within the DoD.  The role will focus primarily on aerodynamic flight modelling and/or analyzing sensor performance and capability using first principles physics or engineering.

Are you ready to make an impact?

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide analytic support grounded in sound scientific and engineering principles to OSD CAPE.

  • Provide critical analyses on topics such as Radar Systems, EO/IR Sensors, Electronic Jamming, Missile Defense, Space Systems, or Aerodynamic modelling.

  • Develop computer simulations or models in the above areas.

  • Develop scripted briefings for the client as needed.

  • Analyze and interpret data from multiple sources.

  • The ability to work in a multi-contractor environment within the customer’s secure facility in Alexandria, VA.

Required Experience, Skills, and Education:

  • Requires a Master’s Degree in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering or closely related discipline and 10+ years of experience OR a Ph.D. in one of the above fields and 5+ years of experience.

  • 3+ Years of experience in at least one of the following areas: , Aerodynamic Simulation Development, Ballistic Missile Defense Analysis, Space Systems Analysis, Air and Cruise Missile Defense Analysis, Science and Technology Analysis, Sensor Analysis

Preferred Experience, Skills, and Education:

  • A background in Applied Mathematics developing models of physical systems.

  • Experience developing Aerodynamic Models

  • Experience modelling Hypersonic systems

  • Experience analyzing EO/IR or Radar systems

  • The ability to interface directly with government operations research analysts and to work both independently and within a team.

  • The ability to critically analyze and interpret data from multiple sources.

  • The ability to prepare monthly reports and subject matter briefings as required.

  • Computer programming skills (Python, Matlab, R, Visual Basic, FORTRAN, C, etc.), especially as applied to computer modeling and simulation.

Clearance Required:

  • Active Top Secret clearance upon hire and the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance and be SCI Eligible.

Keywords:  Radar, Infrared (IR) sensors, EO/IR Sensors, Missile Defense, Aerodynamic Flight, Hypersonics, Modelling and Simulation development, computational analysis, optics, atmospheric propagation


Pay Range:

Pay Range $105,300.00 - $162,000.00 - $218,700.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 47,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.   For more information, visit

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