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Under general direction, to conduct varied studies requiring use of operations research techniques; to provide consultive services on operations research techniques; and to do other related work.
Develops hypotheses and formulates mathematical models of management problems; applies advanced mathematics and scientific research methods to provide a quantitative basis for planning, forecasting, and making decisions; uses analytical or numerical procedures, including the application of various branches of mathematics, such as calculus or matrix algebra, methods involving successive trials, and techniques of random sampling for deriving optimum solutions through models; tests adequacy of models by comparing predictive results with actual results; designs solution controls to detect significant changes in system relationships and in ranges of variables; utilizes established operations research techniques, such as inventory models, linear and dynamic programming, queuing theory, replacement and renewal theory, and game theory in solution of operational problems; advises on the solvability of problems using combinations of computer capacity and various quantitative analysis techniques; studies problems and recommends from proposals a plan that affords maximum probability of profit or effectiveness in relation to cost or risk; develops and applies time and cost networks; prepares factual reports with recommendations based on studies; provides assistance to others in a variety of studies where operations research techniques can be applied.
One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Operations Research Specialist I.
Experience: Three years of responsible technical operations research experience, at least one year of which shall have included responsibility for the conduct of such studies requiring the preparation and submission of reports and recommendations. (Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must have included at least one year at a level of responsibility not less than that of an Operations Research Specialist I.) (A Master's Degree in Operations Research, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Economics or related areas may be substituted for two years of the required experience.) and
Education: Graduation from college preferably with a major in mathematics or related field.
Knowledge of: Mathematical modeling, statistical principles and techniques, inventory models, linear and dynamic programming, queuing theory, replacement and renewal theory, game theory, Monte Carlo techniques, digital computer computational methods, optimization techniques, utility and decision theory.
Ability to: Do unusual and difficult analytical research; prepare effective reports; present technical research projects in lay language for management decision; apply operations research techniques; utilize computers in problem solutions; speak and write effectively.