The Institute for Defense Analyses is a federally funded research and development center that supports the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with 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, including:
Structure and capabilities of U.S., allied, and adversary forces
Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense
Organizational efficiency and management issues
Economic and human capital challenges
U.S. industrial base and resource management
The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division has an opening for a Research Associate (RA) on its Nuclear Strategy & Policy team to assist with analyses focused on nuclear deterrence and assurance.
Research Associates (RAs) directly contribute to IDA efforts to develop, design, and execute studies and analysis as part of interdisciplinary research teams led by IDA Research Staff Members. On the Nuclear Strategy & Policy team, an RA would be expected to support a variety of research projects related to defense and nuclear weapons policy, nuclear and conventional military planning and operations, nuclear and conventional force structure and capability development, and related topics. RAs may be asked to conduct both qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis; draft reports and presentations; design and execute wargames, tabletop exercises, and other events; and help organize research projects. As IDA research questions cover a wide range of topics, RAs must be adaptable and self-motivated, and exercise independent thought, sound judgment, conscientiousness, and creativity in analyzing complex problems. RAs must write and communicate clearly and contribute effectively to team problem solving. IDA research teams may travel to US government or US security partner field locations. RAs assist in the planning and coordination of these field research activities and will accompany research teams as individual projects require.
Master’s degree demonstrating a high level of academic achievement in a quantitative discipline, such as an analytically-focused science or engineering degree (e.g., physics, engineering, data science, chemistry, applied mathematics, etc.)
Minimum of 2 years of work experience in the national security and defense arena, preferably related to nuclear weapons strategy and policy.
Demonstrated ability to contribute to research and analysis projects, produce cogent written products, and communicate complex concepts simply and clearly in oral presentations.
The ability and willingness to travel.
Demonstrated ability to assemble and organize large, complex data sets for subsequent synthesis and analysis using protocols or analytical models typical of the applicant’s discipline, including experience in scripting and coding using contemporary software suites and/or data analysis applications.
Prior work experience with government, military or non-governmental organizations performing national security-related work.
Candidates are required to complete an on-line application and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, and how your skill set, experiences, and education align with the defined responsibilities and qualifications.
Candidates who progress to later stages of the evaluation process will be required to provide college and graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts will suffice), a writing sample, and contact information for three references.
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.