CNA is a non-profit organization specializing in providing objective analyses and evaluations of government programs, policies, operations, and systems to government agencies and foundations. We have conducted such research for the Navy and Marine Corps for over 70 years, and much of our work continues to be with the Department of Defense. We currently run the Department of Navy’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and the Institute for Public Research (IPR). Under IPR, we work on projects for the Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, as well as other agencies and foundations.
CNA is seeking candidates with a background in applied Operations Research, Data Science, applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Candidates should possess expertise in one of the following areas: linear programming, mixed integer programming, dynamic programming, stochastic programming, discrete-event simulation, agent-based modeling, queueing theory, or machine learning. Strong preference is given to candidates with coding skills in R, Python, or similar languages and demonstrated experience with analyzing and interrupting large data sets. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the areas of defense, national security, intelligence, energy, healthcare, or labor. Applicants should possess or be nearing completion of their M.S. or Ph.D. and have a strong quantitative background, an interest in applied, policy-oriented research, and the ability to write, speak, and present in a clear and concise format.
As a Research Analyst, you will provide analysis to help develop, evaluate, and implement policies, practices, and programs that make people, budgets, and assets more effective and efficient. Major research areas include workforce management, energy and environment, materials management, budget and execution, infrastructure, and military readiness. All of our analyses are aimed at addressing our government sponsors’ problems; whether it is through empirical research or modeling and simulation work, we provide our sponsors with solutions that make a difference.
To Apply for an Operations Research position: Visit www.cna.org/careers and submit an application under the position titled Research Analyst, Req. #CER0445.124.
To Apply for an Data Science position: Visit www.cna.org/careers and submit an application under the position titled Sr Research Specialist, Req. #NCER0465.40.
CNA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that requires candidates to have U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain and hold a government issued security clearance.
1 Education: Minimum Master’s degree in a relevant field (Operations Research or Data Science related field) or equivalent experience, PhD preferred.
2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements Ph.D. & 0+ years or Master’s & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis.
3 Skills: Ability to make significant contributions to projects/analyses; Strong analytic curiosity/ creativity; Ability to operate independently in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients.
4 Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.