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Research Analyst - Entry-Level PhD with Security Clearance

Company: Institute For Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: May 8, 2024

Job Description:

What is the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)? IDA is a non-profit that is uniquely positioned to answer the most challenging U.Ssecurity and science questions with objective and rigorous analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertiseWork at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approachIDA has an immediate opening in the Science, Systems, and Sustainment Division (S3D) for a Research Analyst with technical expertise and data analysis skillsThe ideal candidate is eager to support the broad spectrum of research conducted in S3DS3D explores topics that span the technology life cycle, from basic science, system implementation and analyses, and the sustainment of deployed systemsExample tasks included assessing the performance of individual military or intelligence systems; determining the effectiveness of various force mixes in a mission or campaign context; observing test and evaluation of systems in development; looking at the impacts of climate on national security; assessing the physical security of critical infrastructure; and reviewing the utility of novel and emergent technologiesIDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in a collegial atmosphere that encourages independent thinking, teamwork, and objective resultsIDA provides an inclusive work environment and a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits packageResponsibilities Research Analysts are responsible for contributing to scientifically sound research and providing technical review for others' research productsIDA addresses diverse and ever-changing topicsResearch Analysts are expected to be adaptable, self-motivated, and committed to life-long learning; capable of working independently or as a member of an interdisciplinary research team; and able to work multiple projects concurrentlySpecific research-related activities expected of Research Analysts include:--- Develop and maintain relationships with potential sponsors and stakeholders in the national security community to identify emerging issues.--- Engage effectively with sponsors to understand their issues and constraints, and develop responsive research plans.--- Formulate research questions that address sponsors' challenging and complex problems, and are informed by the broader context of national security.--- Identify key factors of the issue under study, and create and execute appropriate quantitative analytic methodologies, including novel computational and model-based approaches.--- Interact with government officials, military personnel, and other subject matter experts during the research process.--- Analyze, evaluate, and integrate data and model results to develop strategic and actionable insights.--- Prepare reports and presentations documenting findings, conclusions, and recommendations and effectively communicate the results of IDA's analysis to sponsors and selected audiencesQualifications--- PhD in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, or a closely related field of science, technology, or research.--- A demonstrated record of research accomplishments in the field of study.--- A demonstrated ability to perform independent research.--- Significant programming experience, preferably with modern programming environments and languages (C++, Python, R, MATLAB, etc.)--- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical audiences.--- Significant interest in Department of Defense issues, military operations, and related subjects is desired.--- Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.--- Travel (domestic or international) may be requiredWhy work at IDA? IDA, as a non-profit, is uniquely positioned to answer the most challenging U.Ssecurity and science questions with objective and rigorous analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertiseThis position is located in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, D.CIDA offers the following benefits and resources to their employees:--- Comprehensive benefits including diverse health insurance options, generous 11% contribution to retirement, maternity/paternity leave, 20 days paid time off, and relocation reimbursement;--- Mission-oriented work at a non-profit that supports and protects our warfighters; as a non-profit, IDA employees are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL);--- Professional development including tuition reimbursement, internal and external trainings, and funding for researcher-pitched projects and publications;--- A culture of work-life balance, including flex time, partial telework, and limiting work communication to core business hours;--- A brand-new facility located in Alexandria's high-tech corridor in Potomac Yard; amenities include a cafeteria, gym, and close proximity to local dining and shopping; and--- Easy access to Potomac Yard Metro stop and Potomac Yard DASH bus stopEmployer contributes $300/month (IRS max) to commuter benefitsWhat are the next steps?--- Complete the application and submit your resumeThe application process consists of three interviews.--- A short screening call with HR;--- A 30 min - 60 min screening call with researchers; and--- A full day interview with various researchers and staff; includes giving an hour presentation on a research projectPrior to the full day interview, you will be asked to provide:--- Transcripts (unofficial accepted);--- 3 letters of recommendation; and--- A writing sampleU.SCitizenship is required Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discriminationAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran statusClick here to learn more about IDA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusionIDA is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilitiesIf, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an email to and let us know the nature of your request and contact information

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