The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division (SFRD) is seeking motivated Research Associates (RAs) to perform statistical, econometric, and mathematical analyses on its human capital and organizational efficiency portfolios. IDA supports the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies with rigorous and objective analyses of issues related to national security. Applicants should expect to learn while creatively contributing to interdisciplinary project teams responding to research questions of deep significance to DoD policy, regulation, statute, and culture through high-quality, timely, and objective research. Continued professional and intellectual development is important at IDA. Individuals who have served as RAs at IDA have gone on to PhD studies, entered government service, or launched successful careers in industry.
Directly contribute to IDA research efforts as members of research teams led by IDA Research Staff Members Perform information gathering, data cleaning and manipulation, statistical and econometric analysis, and drafting of reports and presentations Communicate clearly and contribute effectively to solving problems on a team Adapt to a wide range of complex research questions Exercise independent judgment, conscientiousness, and creativity Occasionally travel with research teams to U.S. government or U.S. security partner field locations
Bachelor’s degree or higher in economics, statistics, operations research, mathematics, physics, computer science, data science, or related disciplines with a strong foundation in statistics and/or applied mathematics Individuals with a doctoral will not be considered for this opportunity Experience with programming languages or statistical software used in research (e.g., Python, R, Julia, Stata, MATLAB, etc.) Astute attention to detail Excellent written and verbal communication skills Applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter detailing how their skills and experiences align with the requirements. Those selected for an interview will be required to submit transcripts, a writing sample, computing code samples, and professional references
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Experience as a research assistant in an academic or policy research setting Experience or coursework in Bayesian statistics and/or machine learning Experience with high-throughput or distributed computing
U.S. Citizenship is required Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Salary Information: We offer competitive benefits and an excellent retirement plan.
Internal Number: 1172
About The Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs), two serving the Department of Defense and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. The IDA Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. IDA’s main facility is located in a modern office complex, directly off an interstate highway, minutes from the Pentagon. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues. Individuals selected for employment at IDA are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U. S. citizenship is required. The Institute for Defense Analyses is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit IDA's website: www.ida.org for more information and to submit resume's and applications.