Operations Research Specialist / Sr. OR Specialist

  • BNSF
  • US - TX - Fort Worth
  • 2 weeks ago

Company Name: BNSF

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US - 76131

Job Duration: 2021-06-10 to 2021-07-10



Job Location: Fort Worth
Other Potential Locations: Fort Worth, TX 
Anticipated Start Date: 08/02/2021
Number of Positions: 1 
Salary Range: $83,600 – $102,400



  • The Unified Data and Advanced Analytics group is responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad.
  • Our group leverages cutting-edge technologies in areas such as optimization, simulation, machine learning, deep learning, image recognition, and cognitive computing to tackle these problems and add significant value to our business. 
  • Over the years, our team has developed into a tight-knit group of colleagues and friends.  This creates a collaborative environment which puts each and every team member on a path to realizing their full potential.
  • In just the past three years, our efforts have been recognized in the following ways:
    •    2018 INFORMS Prize Winner
    •    Finalist for the 2018 Innovative Applications In Analytics Award
    •    Finalist for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice



As a member of the BNSF Operations Research Group, you will be responsible for finding solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad.  Duties include:

  • Assist Operations Research team with optimization model development, testing, and implementation
  • Develop software for decision support tools to help solve business problems
  • Collaborate with members of Technology Services teams (OR and Development) on solution design and bug fixes
  • Keeping current with the advances in analytical techniques, including open source libraries
  • Interfacing with BNSF Technology Services personnel to understand existing data structures and IT processes
  • Working with end-users to validate and enhance the tools
  • Extracting and cleaning large volumes of data to derive insights that can be used for process improvements.


Sr. Operations Research Specialist will also include:

  • Identifying solution techniques and implementing them independently, with external vendors, through academic alliances, or with BNSF Technology Services teams
  • Identifying and initiating new projects part of technology initiatives
  • Communicating status and findings to senior management and key stakeholders


The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for the position. These general categories do not necessarily constitute an exhaustive list of duties of the position.



  • Master’s degree in Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field; PhD preferred for Sr. level or Masters with related experience
  • Practical experience applying quantitative techniques to solve real-world problems
  • Strong programming skills in an object-oriented programming language, such as Python, Java, C++, or VB.Net
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to identify underlying problems and appropriate techniques for solving them
  • Ability to manipulate and extract information from very large, complex data sets
  • Familiar with commercial solver software, such as CPLEX, FICO, Gurobi, ProMod or Anylogic or Frontline Solver; expertise required for Sr. level


BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Railroad Retirement
  • Life Insurance
  • Incentive Compensation Plan (ICP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program


BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.



  •     Criminal history 
  •     Last 7 years of driving history
  •     Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  •     Social Security number
  •     Education
  •     Medical evaluation
  •     Drug Screen
  •     Other elements as needed
BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at www.tsa.gov/for-industrytwic.

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