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Economist

Company: Institute for Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Effective October 11, 2021, all current and newly hired IDA employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Individuals who accept employment with IDA will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or receive approval for a medical or religious accommodation prior to starting employment.OverviewThe Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is an independent, non-profit, federally-funded research and development center that provides objective analyses to the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies. Economists at IDA support senior defense leaders by applying economic theory and analytic methods to issues of National Security policy and resource management. As needed, we apply proven tools to new problems and data, develop new models, and generate new theory.Recent examples of our work include:* Constructing mechanisms for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for each other's patients and to transfer funding across departments* Exploring alternative organizational structures and delivery methods for educating and training military medical personnel in order to reduce costs and streamline management* Identifying opportunities to transfer positions among active and reserve military personnel, federal civilians, and contractors in order to reduce costs and concentrate military personnel in more operational (vs. administrative) positions* Making recommendations to improve the outreach, hiring, and training of civilian personnel in the Department of Defense, particularly in key specialties such as cyber, intelligence, foreign language proficiency, and STEM* Examining the dependence of the U.S. - and particularly the U.S. military - on overseas manufacturers of computer chips* Designing a multi-year personnel retention experiment* Estimating causal effects of staffing levels on mission effectiveness* Predicting individuals' career events with machine learning and a rich set of personnel recordsWe take pride in the high caliber and timeliness of our analyses, our independent thinking, and our objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach with physicists, engineers, psychologists, and other social scientists. Researchers work closely with and are in frequent contact with government sponsors. Consequently, strong communication skills are greatly valued.We will consider job market candidates preparing to graduate, recent graduates, and mid-career individuals.Qualifications* Ph.D. in Economics.* Prior experience in applied economics (including health economics, industrial organization, labor economics, and public economics).* Applicants must have demonstrated research excellence and a strong interest in applied research.* Applicants must have also demonstrated superior skill in quantitative, econometric, statistical, or computational methods.* Experience with machine learning techniques and large data sets is a plus.* Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.Application ProcessInterested candidates must follow a 2 step process and apply on-line to BOTH of the following:1) Apply to this posting by uploading a resume/CV (with GPA) and cover letter;AND2) Apply to the IDA job posting on JOE () and submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and your job market paper (or equivalent).Interview ProcessAll interviews will be conducted virtually for the hiring season.

Keywords: Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria , Economist, Other , Alexandria, Virginia

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