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Posted by: Institute for Defense Analyses on Nov 14, 2017


Alexandria, VA

Job Description:


The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the analysis of the suitability and effectiveness of anti-terrorism products, software, and services.  IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results.  Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach.


Research Analysts at IDA are mid-to-senior level research staff positions, responsible for a broad spectrum of analytic functions from defining problems; determining appropriate approaches, selecting modeling or analytical tools to illuminate those problems; guiding junior staff in the application of the selected approaches and tools; interpreting results; and communicating findings (using both written and verbal means). The Research Analyst will work with analysts from throughout IDA, and with subject matter experts from industry, on a diverse set of topics.  Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns.  All will require an understanding of anti-terrorism, security services, emergency response, or public safety concepts, operations, planning, technologies, and multi-agency coordination challenges. Primary responsibilities include:
Reviewing anti-terrorism security measures and emergency response plans for critical infrastructure sites, including stadiums, arenas, and convention centers. Reviewing design and effectiveness of physical and technical security systems and devices as anti-terrorism measures. Helping to construct methodologies for the review of physical security measures at critical infrastructure sites. Engaging with the sponsor and working with industry to understand their security postures Working with junior analysts on the conduct of their research and reviewing their written products. Communicating, via writing and oral briefings, results of research efforts to industry partners and senior level government officials
Candidate must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Security, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Nuclear), Operations Research, Public Administration, Public Policy, Homeland Security, or International Affairs coupled with 8+ years’ experience in security operations, research, systems development, emergency management/preparedness, or technical security planning and design for large venues and other critical infrastructure sites. US Citizenship is required. Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required Law enforcement, military security, or private security operations and program management experience is highly desirable. Experience managing small teams or project management experience is highly desirable. Project management experience desired. Demonstrated ability to identify sources, assemble, and organize large, complex data sets for which subsequent quantitative and qualitative analyses is desired. Relevant certifications including CPP and CISSP are desirable.


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About Institute for Defense Analyses

IDA is the Institute for Defense Analyses, a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

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