Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues.
Research Associates (RAs) are members of the full-time professional staff who work with under the assistance and direction of senior researchers. Sponsors direct IDA to research and analyze a broad spectrum of unclassified and classified issues/concerns. Some tasks will be narrowly focused on a specific topic while others will address a range of issues and so require a much broader analytical approach. As such, RAs are expected to be adaptable and self-motivated, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought, sound judgment, and creativity in applying quantitative and qualitative analytical methods to complex policy problems.
RAs contribute to research teams with information gathering; modeling and simulation; data manipulation, analysis and presentation; and drafting of reports and briefings. Accordingly, RAs are expected to demonstrate: knowledge of strategic, geopolitical and military issues in one or more geographic areas; proven academic research skills; excellent oral and written communication; and competency in the use of supporting information technologies. As members of one or more interdisciplinary research teams, RAs must apply these skills to contribute effectively to the project at hand.
As part of the research process, IDA research teams may travel to U.S. government or U.S. security partner field locations (typically, but not always, headquarters or office-like locations). RAs will assist in the planning and coordination of these field research activities and may accompany research teams conducting that field research.
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical or national security-related field and two years of relevant experience.
- An active TS clearance and recent SCI access (within the last six months)/current SSBI.
- Proven academic research skills; excellent oral and written communication; and competency in the use of supporting information technologies.
- The ability and willingness to travel.
- Candidates selected for an interview will provide a writing sample.
- Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
- U.S. Citizenship required
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