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Scientific Manager


Account Manager


Melbourne, Florida, United States


Leidos is hiring a Scientific Manager to join our US National Data Center (US NDC) team at the Air Force Technical Application Center (AFTAC) on Patrick Space Force Base, Florida. An active Top Secret clearance is required to be considered for this role!

This person will lead a multi-year R&D program for a nuclear test monitoring system. In this role, you will lead a contractor team of scientists, software engineers, and analysts to efficiently execute multiple geophysical and technical R&D studies, whose overarching goal is to enhance the operational performance of the US NDC system.

The US NDC is the geophysical data acquisition, data processing, reporting, and archiving component of the United States Atomic Energy Detection System (USAEDS) operated by AFTAC. AFTAC's mission is to monitor compliance with nuclear test ban treaties by acquiring, processing, reporting, and archiving data from a worldwide array of seismic, hydroacoustic and infrasonic sensors.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Lead, coordinate, and ensure timely execution of 15+ geophysical and technical R&D studies.
• Manage workload 10-12 resources. Negotiate resource availability with other contractor coordinators in a matrixed organizational structure.
• Routinely meet with government customers and provide knowledgeable status of each study.
• Communicate frequently with all resources providing support to the R&D projects to include remote resources
• Organize, prepare, and present quarterly technical reviews with senior Government leadership.
• Oversee and write high-level content for multiple Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) deliverables, to include monthly status reports, technical reports, trip reports, and final reports.
• Write proposals for new and follow-on geophysical and technical contracts and task orders.
• Provide knowledgeable expertise and recommendations to geophysical mission problems.

Minimum Qualifications:

Active TS clearance with SCI eligibility

PMP certification or willingness to earn within six (6) months of hire

BS in Physics, Mathematics, Geophysics or related field with 15+ years of experience OR MS/PhD and 10+ yrs of experience managing people and projects. Additional experience managing R&D projects and resources may be considered in lieu of degree.

Strong skill in personnel management, organization, communication, and conflict resolution with the ability to coordinate activities of multiple projects and resolve complex issues, both pre-planned and last minute.

Absolute competency in executing multiple R&D projects across a matrixed organization.

Experience writing and reviewing technical proposals

Experience estimating and tracking Basis of Estimates (BOEs).

Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills necessary to execute in a team environment

Experience managing customer expectations in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with automated seismic/hydroacoustic/infrasonic signal detection, event formation, event magnitude, yield estimation, and statistical event identification/classification.

Familiarity with digital signal processing, spectral analysis, waveform modeling, and uncertainty estimation.

Experience scripting within RHEL.

Familiarity reading C, C++, Scheme, Fortran, and/or Python code

Familiarity with Machine Learning and/or AI algorithms, Python libraries, and geophysical frameworks, such as deep neural networks, PyTorch, and SeisBench.

Familiarity with geophysical computation, evaluation and modeling tools such as MATLAB, Python, Octave, R project, SAC, GMT, Computer Programs in Seismology (CPS), SPECFEM, Coda Calibration Tool (CCT), GeoTess, and Moment Tensor software.

Experience querying relational databases with SQL and analyzing large datasets.

Familiarity with configuration management/version control systems and problem tracking systems (ClearCase or GitLab).

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $122,200.00 - $220,900.00

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.