Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Principal Scientist

    Posted Date 4 months ago(10/6/2018 11:12 AM)
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    Santa Barbara
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  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a calculus-based Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field, plus at least 9 years’ relevant experience.
    • Graduate research experience may be recognized.
    • Master’s degree or higher in a STEM field with either graduate or undergraduate degree in a calculus-based physical science field (including, but not limited to Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Remote Sensing), plus at least 3 years related experience is preferred.
    • Skill building experience must demonstrate either deeper technical specialization or additional cross-disciplinary knowledge.
    • Experience developing novel statistical and Machine Learning concepts to create solutions to physical science problems is required.
    • Proficiency with Machine Learning techniques, including distributed and cloud-based computing, system design, Algorithmic Foundations of Optimization, Data Mining, convolutional neural networks, and deep learning is required.
    • Excellent programming skills, with familiarity using Python, TensorFlow, Keras, GDAL, Theano or other rapid prototype environments, such as Matlab, or C++ is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and respond to broad area announcements is required.
    • Demonstrated experience and proven ability to effectively manage projects and ensure milestones and schedules are met and work is performed within scope, cost, and schedule is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities, mediate conflict, and apply leadership concepts and techniques is required.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
    • Interpersonal communication skills to promote an open and informal communication environment, foster collaborations and develop mutual trust and teamwork are required.
    • Demonstrated skills to establish and maintain strong and effective customer relationships, and to anticipate change and adjust promptly and effectively are required.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license.
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.


    Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted.  Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program.”


    Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.” 



    MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace. 


    • Generates technical proposals and white papers in response to request for proposals and broad area announcements from federal sources.
    • Develop, manage and execute innovative research using Machine Learning techniques to solve science-based problems.
    • Conducts novel research in support of Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear non-proliferation activities, as well as Department of Defense (DOD) and IC customers.
    • Manage operational logistics and finances for projects, and create technical reports and deliverables.
    • Monitor and de-conflict resources, develop project schedules and time-lines.
    • Provide technical advice to less-experienced colleagues and collaborate with partner labs throughout the DOE infrastructure and academia.


    If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place!


    At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us!


    MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).