Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Chief Scientist

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
Program Management
Regular Full-Time


Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a well-established and progressive defense contracting company in the Northern Virginia area just a few miles south of the Pentagon.  We are a professional services firm established in 1972 that has a long-standing reputation for unrivaled technical and analytical support to some of the top decision makers in the Federal Sector. We do state of the art work and have a cadre of outstanding professionals on our team.


A new division of SPA will assist our client with developing leading edge technologies to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in support of combatant commands (CCMDs) and transitioning these technologies to services and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). SPA provides expertise across the full range of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) WMD, Counter Improvised Threat (C-IT) and Counter Improvised Threat Network (CTN) technologies to support understanding, detection, identification, characterization, denial, control, disabling, defeating, disposing, safeguarding the force, managing consequences, and test and evaluation in support of military and civilian operations. 


SPA has a future need for a Chief Scientist. #IN123


Provide recommendations to agency leadership on investment opportunities in nuclear and CWMD capability development to reduce known and previously unrecognized capability gaps in this area and to help meet validated requirements, including co-authoring development plans. Present organized analytical assessments to the R&D leadership that identify potential future efforts or improve current program efforts. Provide expertise in all R&D investments and maintain awareness of current scientific developments within the national and international technical communities in a variety of areas such as: Robotics, Unmanned or Autonomous Systems, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Technologies, Weapons and Targeting, operational and physical Modeling and Simulation. Support R&D leadership at all appropriate briefings, seminars, conferences, workshops, colloquia, and other working groups to document technology needs, developments, requirements, and studies, and present technical contributions resulting from Agency investments. Research the current environment of advanced technology, concepts, and trends to discover initiative solution candidates R&D development and future transition to service programs. Co-author peer reviewed publication submissions to journals, conferences, workshops, and colloquia on relevant technical contributions and related technical capability developments.



  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or related scientific field.
  • 20 years’ experience in managing and guiding S&T and R&D programs.
  • Experience in CBRN, WMD, CWMD, and or Nuclear programs. 
  • Experience in system engineering and test and evaluation. 
  • Experience in instilling systematic approaches in S&T programs for success in transition.
  • An active TS security clearance, SCI Eligible.


  • Experience in advising senior industry and government officials in technical approaches to RDT&E solutions.
  • Experience in testing and Joint Capability Test Demonstrations (JCTD), or equivalent. 
  • DOE, National Lab, or DOD experience. 
  • Deep knowledge of system engineering and test and evaluation in a CWMD/CBRN/Weapons discipline.
  • Current active TS-SCI security clearance.


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