Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist, Government Contracting
The George Mason University, School of Business, Center for Government Contracting invites applications for a Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist with expertise in the defense industry. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the School of Business:
Dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, the School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and top 50 part-time MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national, and international business communities; and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice. The school is evolving to become more interdisciplinary, more connected, and more diverse.
The School of Business is pursuing three strategic directions through research, teaching, and partnerships: 1. Digital Transformation of Work; 2. Ensuring Global Futures by addressing the challenges of ensuring a livable and resilient society; and 3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To support these strategic initiatives, the School of Business is playing a significant role in three new university initiatives: the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA); the Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE); and the School of Computing.
About the Position:
The incumbent will contribute as a research scientist on one or more high visibility projects for the Defense Pricing and Contracting office in the US Department of Defense. The term is 8 months and is contingent on the award of the contract. This is a full-time position and is fully funded from external foundation funding and the position is expressly contingent upon the continuation of such foundation funding.
The research will require literature reviews of standard commercial accounting practices and the effect of government requirements, regulatory reviews to understand how the requirements differ by contracting scenario, as well as running surveys and interviews with commercial companies to understand their costs.
The researcher is expected to be proficient at technical writing and self-organization;
Other duties as assigned.
A Master's degree or Doctoral degree or experience that exhibits mastery; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience plus 3 or more years' experience in a position that meets one or any of the following:
Experience in a government contractor performing accounting or cost management roles;
Government experience in an accounting systems compliance role;
Experience at a vendor of accounting software specializing in federal sector;
Experience at a consulting firm for implementing government cost accounting systems at contractors.
About the Center for Government Contracting:
The vision of the Center for Government Contracting is to be a nexus for government, industry, and academia to address issues in government contracting. The GovCon market is a huge ($500B+), diverse, sophisticated, and interesting industry whose business issues are worthy of specialized academic study, research, and curricula. The industry, based in the Northern Virginia–DC Capital region, employs approximately 1 in every 6 professionals in the area, and has some 10,000 Mason alumni working in it. With School of Business and other Mason faculty, the Center is conducting activities in research, education and training, and collaboration to achieve this vision. Being known for having a distinctive academic competency in the business of government and government contracting will be a competitive advantage for Mason's School of Business and helps to create a more efficient and effective market for the public good.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F623Az at http://jobs.gmu.edu by April 14, 2021 complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. We will contact you directly if we require additional materials. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49780
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.