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Sr. Operational Research Analyst I

  • Job reference: AE-000218
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Aiken

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Transforming the potential of existing and new infrastructure and technology to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

If you're interested in providing clients with:
Power, Nuclear, Renewables and Future Energy expertise

We want to talk to you!
Our talented teams design complex new schemes, assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure and deliver trusted, innovative advice critical to the success of the global energy market.

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Expertise in thermal generation and power networks is helping our clients address the need for secure, affordable and renewable energy sources. There's a world of opportunities here for people who want to start or develop their career in this exciting sector.

Our mission is to improve lives through nuclear energy, providing clients with nuclear new build, fuel enrichment, nuclear design, generation, decommissioning, waste management and defense.

We've got experts who offer all kinds of solutions in all aspects of offshore renewable energy technology. And we're passionate about spearheading the move towards a low carbon economy - we'll do it by making clean energy sources safe, reliable and cost effective. There’s plenty of potential to apply your skills in this fast moving market.

Atkins is currently seeking a highly motivated self-starter to join our Aiken Energy Team as Senior Research Analyst I.

Job Description:

To establish an Operational Research capabiity in our Aiken office, and lead a small team of Operational Research Modelers.

Works with Project Manager and clients to define OR modeling scope of work.

Collects and analyzes data to evaluate operational difficulties and makes recommendations to solve problems.

Follows established modeling and evaluation processes to determine the effectiveness of current operational activities and to determine problem areas and develop solutions.

Develops, verifies, validates, and maintains stochastic simulation models to address a wide range of performance issues in existing and new, first of a kind nuclear facilities.


Analyzes model results so as to predict facility throughputs, downtimes, and availabilities.

Identifies key bottlenecks and works with facility designers to eliminate these and demonstrate enhanced throughputs and availabilities.

Interfaces with design and operations groups to identify modeling needs and model input requirements to provide sound technical advice to resolve plant design and operational issues.

Participates as required in business development for Atkins by producing material for bid and proposal documents explaining our OR modeling capabilities.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Analytical problem solver with the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

Ability to interface effectively with facility designers and operators so as to define precise needs and inputs for the models.

5+ years’ experience in the use of stochastic simulation tools such as the WITNESS suite of modeling software (or similar such as SIMLU8, ARENA, QUEST, etc.).

Proficient in MS word, Excel, PowerPoint, Vision and Visual Basic.

US Citizen.



Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics Science, Engineering, Operational Research, Industrial Engineering, Production Engineering or Management Science.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience.

10 years’ experience preferred.

Experience with stochastic simulation tools.


None required

We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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