The Institute for Defense Analyses is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues. The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy, the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, organizational efficiency and management issues, and human capital challenges. The SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst preferably with significant work experience, to contribute to analyses principally focused on quantitative and quantitative aspects of strategy and policy development and assessments, including but not limited to supply chain and sustainment risk assessments.
Research Analysts are career research staff, typically with PhDs or Master’s degrees and significant work experience. Research Analysts engage with senior US government officials to develop research programs on government policy, budgetary, and program choices. After defining a research question, Research Analysts:
Develop and implement research plans
Select appropriate methodologies and analytic tools for research
Collect or oversee the collection of data
Work with interdisciplinary teams to apply software appropriate to the research problem
Interact with research subjects, including industry, DoD Program Offices, the Services, and other subject matter experts, in the research process and with research sponsors in communicating results
Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. Research Analysts contributing to SFRD’s strategy and risk programs of work will apply qualitative research methods and data collection techniques along with advanced stochastic models, simulation techniques, and optimization methods to problems associated with homeland defense, infrastructure protection, and economic / industrial base security. Research Analysts are expected to demonstrate proficiency in rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis. Research Analysts are members of interdisciplinary research teams and must demonstrate good interpersonal communications skills and contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. The issues that IDA addresses change constantly and Research Analysts are expected to be adaptable and self-motivated, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought and sound judgment while creatively applying quantitative analysis methods to complex policy problems. As part of the research process, IDA research teams will travel to US government or US security partner field locations (typically headquarters or office-like locations).
Must have at least a Master’s Degree + 8 years in operations research, statistics, computer science, mathematics, engineering, logistics and supply chain management, or a quantitative social science; PhD preferred
Requires experience in supply chain assessment, including identifying supply chain vulnerabilities, and developing recommendations to mitigate supply risk
Requires the ability to communicate complex concepts simply and clearly in written and spoken contexts
Requires demonstrated ability to produce clear, presentation-quality tables, graphs, charts, and diagrams depicting complex statistical relationships using statistical processing software, Excel, and Power Point.
Desired knowledge and experience include:
Prior experience in the military, government, or non-governmental organizations performing national security-related work;
Prior experience in performing military, government, or non-government logistics and supply chain management and assessments
Experience in design of experiments, data elicitation protocols, and social surveys; and
Experience in data analysis
Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a nonprofit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.
IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you’re a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.