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


Alexandria, VA

Job Description:


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center.  IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis free of conflict of interest or political bias.  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.

The Science & Technology Division at IDA provides research and analysis on a wide variety of problems related to science that overlap issues in national security. The Division conducts technology assessments critical to planning and implementing research and development programs, supporting acquisition decisions, understanding foreign technology capability, and utilizing technology for individual and group training.


The Division has an opening for a Research Associate for the beginning of 2018.  The Research Associate will assist with the collection, vetting and organization into a database of historical nuclear weapons effects data, in addition to helping the development team program the user interface for the database.  The nature of this data covers a broad spectrum including air and ground shock; electromagnetic signals; ionizing radiation effects; optical and thermal phenomena; cratering and ejecta; fallout and dust; and high-altitude effects. 

Duties will include, but not be limited to, writing/maintaining portions of the project website, assisting in adding features that make information more accessible, and interfacing with the project database using Python and Javascript. In addition, the Research Associate may also be responsible for reading and summarizing technical reports; digitizing data; writing batch processing and database interface scripts, typically in Python; as well as plotting and analyzing data as directed by the research staff. 

The Research Associate may also be required to assist in other projects across the full domain of science and technology; therefore applicants should be willing to regularly learn new topics such as those concerning national security.   

Bachelor’s or Master's degree in math, engineering, physical science, preferably with some knowledge of nuclear science or engineering. Demonstrated computer skills: HTML/CSS experience JavaScript/PHP experience preferred Scripting languages such as Python Database experience preferred Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their interests, skill set, experiences, and education. U.S Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.                                                                                                                  

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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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