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Working at QS-2

QS-2 is an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the world steering technical innovation and pushing the limits of what’s possible. We are a specialized consulting firm made up of industry leading scientists, engineers, and technical professionals. We are at the forefront of technology in support of our clients within the US government, academia, and industry.

At QS-2, you will receive hands-on skills development while still maintaining the autonomy, freedom, and creativity to develop your own innovative solutions and guide your own career path.

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Open Positions

Lead Data Scientist

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

QS-2 is seeking a data scientist to perform and lead a project combining state-of-the-art publication, bibliometric analysis, and “Science of Science” (SciSci) analysis with the related survey datasets as well as patents and leading publication indicators. The project will deliver a queryable database with on-the-fly dynamic visualizations for addressing bespoke policy-relevant research studies and will allow remote query, interaction, and advanced machine learning and Natural Language Processing-based analysis. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead project management through schedule tracking, task monitoring, client engagement, and robust communication with team and leadership
  • Develop end-to-end project data and visualization pipeline including database, data cleaning and linking, machine learning modules, dynamic visualizations and dashboards, and external APIs
  • Construct bespoke machine learning algorithms involving large network analysis, Natural Language Processing and time series analysis and prediction

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience with Python including pandas, matplotlib, scikit-learn and neural network packages suck as TensorFlow
  • Expertise in Natural Language Processing (for example topic modeling, word embeddings, etc.)
  • Experience with large network analysis and visualization (NetworkX, igraph or other packages)
  • Database and API experience
  • Ability to build strong relationship with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to pay strict attention to detail
  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience performing data analysis on large scientific publication and citation databases, patent databases and related data sources and leading indicators (altmetrics, social media, etc.)
  • Experience with dashboard tools such as Kibana
  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possession of excellent problem-solving and program or project management skills

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Synthetic Biologist

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Work as a technical consultant with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Biological Technology Office (BTO) to support the development and management of current and planned programs using biological and biochemical platforms to build engineered materials, detect DoD-relevant stimuli in varied environments, and convert materials into useful and strategic resources. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and assess development in emerging basic science and engineering technologies
  • Interact with world leaders in both industry and academia while serving as a representative of DARPA
  • Maintain and leverage technical expertise to provide clients with strategic assessments of new technologies and develop technical research programs
  • Interact with top scientists and engineers to guide their research toward new and revolutionary advances
  • Create technical reports, communicate findings to stakeholders, track and guide technical progress of client contracts, and perform other related tasks as required by the client

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in a field relevant to the support of synthetic biology-related programs, including Biology, Neuroscience, Chemistry, Engineering, and/or Mathematics
  • Experience in non-mammalian multi-cellular eukaryotic synthetic biology systems, namely plants and insects
  • Experience in using transgene delivery systems using nanomaterials and/or advanced genomics and genetics methodologies
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise through multiple original contributions in peer-reviewed journals 
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance
  • Relocation to the Washington, DC area
  • US citizenship

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience in providing technical program management
  • Postdoctoral or equivalent industry experience
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Ability to communicate complex scientific ideas to broad audiences, digest basic and applied research across areas of biotechnology, and apply to DoD capability gaps
  • Ability and willingness to explore scientific literature for emerging biotechnologies and learn completely new research subjects

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Transportation Engineer

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Work as a technical consultant supporting research on advanced ground and aerial vehicle technology and their integration into transportation systems. Provide technical, business, and policy analysis support for projects related to vehicle automation with clients. Synthesize automation technical resources, including literature, standards, and expert interviews and produce client recommendations related to safety, market analysis, testing and evaluation, integration into transportation systems, cybersecurity, regulation, and stakeholder engagement. Support directors as a project manager to accomplish task deliverables within budget and expected timelines. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead project management through schedule tracking, task monitoring, client engagement, and robust communication with team and leadership
  • Lead the cultivation of partnerships and execution of stakeholder engagement activities including workshops and conferences
  • Support research on automated driving systems (ADS) and automated driving assistance systems (ADAS), and enabling technologies
  • Create project and program reports, communicate findings to stakeholders and clients, track and guide technical progress of client contracts, and perform other related tasks as required by the client

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • 4+ years of experience with automation in the automotive, aviation, or transportation industries
  • Experience with developing and enhancing programs to achieve mission and goals
  • Experience with assessing performance, including metrics evaluation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Experience with developing strategic and analytical deliverables, including data analysis, dashboards, gap analyses, or process documentation
  • Ability to write draft reports and develop presentation materials with little to no need for further editing and revisions
  • Ability to present project results to automation experts in major conferences and meetings
  • Ability to build strong relationship with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to pay strict attention to detail
  • BA or BS degree

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with automation-related technologies, major research efforts and industry leaders, US federal government regulations and policies, and technological developments
  • Experience with software programming, including in C++, R, or Python
  • Ability to be a self-starter and take responsibility for project tasks from planning to completion
  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possession of excellent problem-solving and program or project management skills
  • MA or MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field preferred; or Ph.D. degree in an automation-related field a plus

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Aviation Analyst

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Work as a technical consultant supporting aviation and surface transportation programs related to automation, new technologies, and assessment and mitigation of environmental and weather impacts to transportation. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead execution of stakeholder engagement activities including surveys, focus groups, and workshops
  • Support research on current and future aviation technologies
  • Support project management through schedule tracking, task monitoring, client engagement, and robust communication with team and leadership
  • Create project and program reports, communicate findings to stakeholders and clients, track and guide technical progress of client contracts, and perform other related tasks as required by the client

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Physical Science (e.g., meteorology, mathematics, physics), Aviation, Engineering, or other relevant field
  • 3+ years of experience in aviation research
  • 2+ years of experience leading stakeholder engagement activities

Additional Qualifications:

  • Pilot’s license
  • Experience with analysis of weather data sets
  • Experience assessing weather hazards for small aviation vehicles (e.g., general aviation, sUAS, UAM)

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Science & Technology Consultant

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Work as a technical consultant with Government and commercial R&D clients developing, managing, and transitioning cutting edge research programs and related applications. Possible specializations sub-areas include mathematics, chemistry, biology, materials science, physics, computer science, engineering, or related fields. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and assess development in emerging basic science and engineering technologies
  • Maintain and leverage technical expertise to provide clients with strategic assessments of new technologies and develop technical research programs
  • Interact with top scientists and engineers to guide their research toward new and revolutionary advances
  • Create technical reports, communicate findings to stakeholders, track and guide technical progress of client contracts, and perform other related tasks as required by the client

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science, Physics, Computer science, Engineering or related field
  • 3+ years of experience with research related to energy technology research
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise through multiple original contributions in peer-reviewed journals 
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance
  • Relocation to the Washington, DC area
  • US citizenship

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with technical program management
  • Ability to apply expertise across a wide variety of technical problems
  • Possession of excellent written and oral communication skills

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Financial Compliance Analyst

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Provide financial analysis of invoices for energy-related project portfolios. Review and analyze submitted invoices and perform in-depth financial analysis of federal, cost share, and category amounts along with verifying invoice costs against OMB and FAR cost regulations. Interface with programmatic staff daily to resolve any outstanding invoice issues and assist with any specific performer financial questions. Draft monthly invoice status reports to assist the task lead with gauging invoice backlog and approval status. Assist with supporting any ad hoc financial tasks, including reconciling invoices accounts or program outlays. Maintain current knowledge and awareness of FAR and OMB cost regulations. This position is located in Washington, DC.

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizenship REQUIRED
  • 2+ years of experience with reviewing government related Standard Forms (SF), financial statements, and invoices
  • Experience with financial or compliance auditing
  • Knowledge of OMB and FAR cost regulations
  • BS degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Relocation to  the Washington, DC area

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel
  • Possession of excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Possession of excellent written communication skills
  • Possession of excellent documentation skills
  • MA or MS degree in Accounting of Finance

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Financial and Program Management Analyst

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Provide onsite contract and financial management of multi–performer government research programs. Track performer deliverables, monitor contract performance, and liaise between client and external government organizations. Ensure financial management of government activities, including the monitoring of performer expenditures, develop mitigation strategies for underruns or overruns, and execute funding actions proactively to meet obligation goals. Provide administrative support through the planning and execution of program meetings, workshops, teleconferences, or conferences and tracking of government property, equipment, and inventory. Develop and present briefings and reports on program status and provide quick–turn responses to client data calls. Assist with the creation, revisions, and routing of approval documentation, solicitations, justifications, and source selection documentation, including quality control of the documents. Coordinate with government personnel across multiple internal teams to ensure comprehensive program management of research initiatives. This position is located in the Washington metropolitan area (WMA).

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience with providing administrative and financial support to research or development programs
    • 5+ years of experience in a federal contracting environment
    • Experience with tracking multiple simultaneous research or development activities
    • TS/SCI clearance
    • BA or BS degree required

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with developing and shaping new technical research activities preferred
    • Experience with data management
    • Possession of excellent organizational skills
    • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills
    • MBA degree preferred
    • PMP Certification preferred

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Energy Technology Consultant

DESCRIPTION KEY ROLE

Monitor and assess technology development in high-potential, high-impact energy technologies. Possible specializations sub-areas include power grid, natural gas, renewable energy, batteries/storage, nuclear fission/fusion, materials science, PV, biofuels, plant science, transportation and power electronics technologies. Work as a technical consultant to Government and commercial R&D clients and work with world-class scientists in driving forward cutting edge research and related research-based applications. Maintain and leverage technical expertise and relationships in serving clients to provide strategic assessments of new technologies in support of senior decision-makers. Create technical reports, present finding, track technical progress of client contracts, develop technology program plans, and perform other related tasks as required by the client. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field
  • 3+ years of experience with research related to energy technology research
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise through multiple original contributions in peer-reviewed journals
  • Relocation to the Washington, DC area
  • US citizenship

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with technical program management
  • Ability to apply expertise across a wide variety of technical problems
  • Possession of excellent written and oral communication skills

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