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Senior Behavioral/Decision Scientist

Alexandria, VA, United States of America
Closing date
Apr 29, 2024

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Why join us?

It's an exciting time at AtkinsRéalis! We are rapidly growing in the US. Our company purpose is to build a better world for our planet and its people. We recognize the importance of making sure that our clients and employees, feel this purpose every day. AtkinsRéalis is proud of our company culture that promotes, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our company ethos include collaboration through the connection of people, data, and technology. We are a global firm, who leverages having employees located throughout the world, creating valuable partnerships, and doing our part to make this planet and its people, thrive. We need energetic, passionate, and eager professionals like you to join our team. There has never been a better time to be a part of AtkinsRéalis!

We are seeking a Senior Behavioral/Decision Scientist to join our Alexandria, VA or Calverton, MD office; however, consideration may be made for working remotely from other US locations. The Senior Behavioral/Decision Scientist is an integral part of our Resilience and Planning Team.

About Us:

AtkinsRéalis is one of the world's most respected design, engineering, and project management consultancies. AtkinsRéalis has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. AtkinsRéalis has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

About You:

As a Senior Behavioral/Decision Scientist, you will be able to showcase your technical expertise, project/program delivery skills, and ability to work collaboratively with experts spanning physical and social science disciplines to solve important and impactful real-world problems. You will work closely with various stakeholders to understand their business problems and priorities, formulate data-driven and evidence-based solutions, and communicate actionable insights. You will help us and our clients, make informed and optimal decisions using best-available environmental, engineering, and socioeconomic datasets.

How your experience will contribute to the team:
  • You will take the lead in project-specific teams, using client insights and expectations to guide the design and implementation of data collection, integration, analysis, evaluation, and communication tasks against project objectives.
  • Gather information necessary to understand and fully frame client challenges, goals, competing priorities, and values, and translate that understanding into data, analytics, and other processes and products. You will apply broad knowledge of social and behavioral sciences, spanning decision theory to economics, and blend it with advanced technology and datasets to deliver solutions to diverse problems.
  • Execute job functions leading a small, project-oriented, multidisciplinary team of data science professionals, and be able to support direct interaction with clients within the context of project progress meetings, design reviews, operations, and project production and delivery.
  • Collaborate with industry leaders, managers, engineers, and other decision and data scientists and lead efforts to define and scope decision problems.
  • Apply demonstrated experience combining social and behavioral sciences, analytics, data science, and strategy to help make data-driven decisions.
  • Collect and organize data from many different sources, including structured and unstructured data.
  • Collect, clean, and analyze data from various sources using SQL, Python, R, and others.
  • Understand and apply advanced statistical and machine learning techniques to build predictive models, optimization algorithms, and simulation scenarios.
  • Evaluate the performance, robustness, and trade-offs of different analytical approaches and solutions.
  • Apply experience scoping and developing decision-support tools and derivative products and services.
  • Present and visualize data and insights using dashboards, reports, and presentations.
  • Communicate complex concepts, findings, and recommendations to non-technical audiences in a clear, concise manner and accounting for potential cultural or social sensitivities.
  • Work with team members and leaders to develop a data strategy.
  • Supervise junior data or decision analysts.
  • Performs other such duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Role Requirements:
  • BS or BA in sociology, organizational or cognitive psychology, economics, statistics, mathematics or mathematical statistics, or other related degree. MS degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 since Bachelor's degree or 9 years since Master's degree in related experience in decision science including data analytics.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, particularly in the context of client and stakeholder engagement and information gathering.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification, consideration, and resolution of a wide variety of scenarios, including trade-off analysis.
  • Strong skills in research, data discovery, and data development.
  • Diverse and sustained experience in application of statistics, mathematics, and quantitative methods to decision making.
  • Experience in applying statistical and machine learning methods such as regression, classification, clustering, time series, natural language processing, deep learning, etc.
  • Experience in using optimization and simulation tools, such as Gurobi, CPLEX, Simulink, etc.
  • Experience in using data visualization and reporting tools, such as Tableau, Power BI, Looker, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a challenging work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and/or on a team.
  • Strong organizational skills.

What we offer at AtkinsRéalis:

AtkinsRéalis realizes that health, mental and financial wellbeing, are all equally needed to achieve balance in life. We are pleased to offer a robust rewards package that help our employees have peace of mind in and outside of work.

Our benefit offerings address all of the areas that are part of living a healthy life. We recognize that what is important to people, continues to change. Some of our other benefits to ensure our employees feel supported, include continuing to offer health and dental coverage for domestic partners and a full list below. Our culture is one of providing support and training for our employees to thrive. We offer learning and development programs, training, career pathing opportunities, and a tuition reimbursement plan.

At AtkinsRéalis, you will enjoy a robust rewards package which includes:
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Group Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Two Floating Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave (including maternity and paternity)
  • Pet Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with employer match
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Learning and development programs, training, career opportunities and a highly regarded tuition reimbursement program
  • An inclusive culture of Employee Resources Groups centered around women, African-Americans, Hispanics, LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity and Emerging Professionals.
  • A Foundation that is employee-funded with a 2-to-1 match from the company providing STEAM education for minorities from K-12 to college

If this sounds like you and you would like to expand your career with us, apply today!

AtkinsRéalis is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Veteran/Disability.

Please review AtkinsRéalis Equal Opportunity Statement here:

AtkinsRéalis cares about your privacy and are committed to protecting your privacy. Please consult our Privacy Notice on our Careers site to know more about how we collect, use and transfer your Personal Data.

By submitting your personal information to AtkinsRéalis, you confirm that you have read and accept our Privacy Notice.

Upon acceptance of an offer, all candidates must go through a drug screen test and background check. AtkinsRéalis is a federal contractor which mandates a satisfactory background screening report and drug test that supersedes state laws.

Note to staffing and direct hire agencies:

In the event a recruiter or agency who is not on our preferred supplier list submits a resume/candidate to anyone in the company, AtkinsRéalis family of companies, we explicitly reserve the right to recruit and hire the candidate(s) at our discretion and without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

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At AtkinsRéalis , we seek to hire individuals with diverse characteristics, backgrounds and perspectives. We strongly believe that world-class talent makes no distinctions based on gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual identity and orientation, age, religion or disability, but enriches itself through these differences.

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