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Research Scientist

Our Reston office is seeking talented candidates to develop mathematical models and algorithms, develop and demonstrate prototype software, and participate in operational analysis related to their technical work. We employ mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists. We routinely apply stochastic processes, statistical inference, optimization and scheduling, models of random graphs and applied physics to develop the underlying theory and applications for our clients. The successful candidate will interact with customers, gather requirements and data, write and present briefings, and contribute to the development of Metron tools.  

Projects typically involve developing advanced algorithms implemented in a computer prototype system for our research & development customers. Areas of focus span a broad spectrum from data analysis and fusion, artificial intelligence and machine learning, signal processing, multi-variable optimization, mission planning and tactical decision aids. We work in small teams, led by Senior Scientists, who work closely with new employees. Project teams work together from the initial system concept, through software and algorithm design, to implementation and demonstration.  

About Metron

Metron is an employee-owned company dedicated to delivering innovative solutions for the most challenging national security problems. For over 35 years, our principled approach to problem-solving has yielded creative solutions at the intersection of advanced mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering. Our people are leaders in their technical fields and are passionate about solving challenging problems. We look for individuals who share this same passion and can apply their experience in real-world settings. 

Make your application stand out by calling attention to your research experience from teaching positions, publications, invited and presented talks at conferences and workshops. Show your object-oriented programming skills in Java, Python and/or C++ or your MATLAB and Mathematica experience. We also look for mostly A's and B's on transcripts, especially in math and computer science classes for those who have started and/or completed a degree in the last 2 years.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, operations research, or related field  
  • Mathematical, simulation, signal processing, tracking and fusion, machine learning or physical modeling experience
  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED; successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information 

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in computer science, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, operations research, or related field
  • Programming experience in Java, C, C++, MATLAB, Mathematica and/or Python
  • Proficiency in object-oriented programming skills 
  • Application of academic experience shown through presented talks at conferences or workshops and publications highly desired
  • Active clearance

Position Location:  Reston, VA

*The selected individual(s) will be required to work from the Reston, VA office however we are flexible with our relocation timelines and will offer relocation assistance to the selected individual(s).


Perks and Benefits

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance 
  • Accompanying FSA and HSA options 
  • Additional Voluntary Benefits  
  • Paid Time Off  
  • 9 Observed Holidays and 2 Floating Holidays  
  • Paid Parental Leave  
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development Reimbursement 
  • Annual Salary Reviews  
  • Profit Sharing  
  • 401(k) Traditional and Roth Options  
  • Gym and Fitness Reimbursement  
  • Employee Assistance Program  
  • Employee Referral Program 

Pay Statement: We base compensation on the amount of years' of experience an individual has combined from academia and industry. The listed pay range is an estimate of potential salary. We welcome all interested candidates to apply and have the conversation with our Recruiting team to understand how we would count their individual amount of experience.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Metron takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

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