Research Analyst – Military Capabilities and Program Planner
Institute for Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Doctorate
Internal Number: 2316
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues. The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy; the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces, and supporting infrastructure. SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst to contribute to a wide range of analyses focused on strategy, military capabilities, planning, and risk.
Research Analysts at IDA are career research staff, typically with PhDs or with extensive practical or research experience. Research Analysts engage with senior government officials to develop research programs on operational, policy, budgetary, and program choices. Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. After defining a research question, Research Analysts:
Develop and implement research plans including operational and force planning, force design and development, military logistics and general defense analysis.
Select appropriate methodologies and analytic tools for research, both quantitative and qualitative.
Implement and apply software appropriate to the research problem
Interact with government officials, military personnel, and other subject matter experts during the research process and in communicating research results.
Develop and present analytic products and results for both general and technical audiences in the form of papers, reports, and briefings.
Direct others on the research staff in development of data gathering, analysis and interpretation efforts, and in development of analytic tools or software code to test hypotheses.
Develop and lead research projects that address the greatest challenges confronting national security.
Research Analysts are expected to demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills, a capacity for independent thought, and sound judgment. Candidates will need to exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. They should be familiar with modern computer applications appropriate to the individual’s academic discipline.
A PhD (or a PhD in progress) in operations research, (quantitative) political science, economics, statistics, applied math, engineering or similar fields or a Master’s degree with at least 8 years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated research excellence and a strong interest in applied research.
Command of modeling and quantitative techniques that could be applied to develop and utilize representational models of relevant phenomenology. This requires proficiency with modern programming languages, (Python, R, Matlab, C++, etc.) and abilities to use and develop applications to implement models and process large data sets.
Demonstrated ability to identify sources and develop and analyze large, complex data sets.
Requires demonstrated ability to present technical information to technical and non-technical audiences.
Proven ability to analyze and integrate data and model outputs to develop strategic and actionable insights.
Knowledge of the Department of Defense, military operations, and related subjects of analysis is desired.
Candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining how their skill set, experiences, and education align with the defined responsibilities. Upload as one document with resume.
Candidates must be prepared to provide a writing sample.
Candidates must identify three references capable of attesting to the candidate’s qualifications.
Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for at least a Secret-level clearance in order to access classified information.
U.S. Citizenship required.
Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
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The Institute for Defense Analyses is a nonprofit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.
IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you’re a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.