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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 think tank.  IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis.  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 System Evaluation Division ( https://www.ida.org/en/SAC/SACResearchDivisions/SED.aspx ) has an immediate opening for a Research Staff Member.  The longstanding mission of the System Evaluation Division (SED) is to provide high-quality analyses of the most challenging national security issues.  SED was established to undertake scientific analyses of weapon systems and new equipment and technologies and to assess operational data derived from combat and field exercises.  These types of classic “systems analyses” have remained a chief focus for SED studies, increasing in importance to our sponsors as contemporary defense systems have become more intricate and costly.  The topics we examine include the performance of individual air, land, sea, and space-based systems, new concepts or system architectures, and the effectiveness of various force mixes.  Although the subjects of our research are always changing as a result of technological advances, newly recognized threats, and the continuously evolving international political environment, our mission remains constant: to provide a wide range of independent analyses for a variety of sponsors within the Department of Defense.


Required Qualifications
Candidates must meet one of the following education/experience combinations: A minimum of a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry (Physical, Theoretical, Nuclear), Computer Science, Information Technology, Bioengineering, Engineering (Computer, Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical, or Aerospace), Physics, or Applied Mathematics coupled with relevant work experience (via industry, research fellowships, or internships); OR A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Chemistry (Physical, Theoretical, Nuclear), Computer Science, Information Technology, Bioengineering, Engineering (Computer, Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical, or Aerospace), Physics, Applied Mathematics or Operations Research coupled with 10+ years’ related experience supporting the military/government. Significant computing experience, e.g.: server management, networking configuration, statistical software or programming languages used in research (e.g. Python, R, Stata, MATLAB, etc) Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required US Citizenship is required.

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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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