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Institute for Defense Analyses


Alexandria, Virginia

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Commensurate with Experience

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Full Time

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Date Posted:

June 4, 2019

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Research Analyst - Behavioral/Social Science


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork.


IDA’s Science and Technology Division has an opening for a highly qualified Research Analyst that will engage with senior US government officials to develop and conduct research programs on scientific matters of relevance to national security. The selected candidate will conduct studies and analyses for a broad range of interdisciplinary projects involving behavioral science, modelling dynamic systems, and technology evaluation. The projects may include topics such as: evaluating human performance in complex situations; analyzing cutting edge research findings and technologies; and assessing the effectiveness of education and training programs as they relate to work performance. The ideal candidate is someone willing to regularly learn new topics, especially those concerning national security. Prior experience in the DoD science and technology enterprise (at least 5 years) is highly desired. Statistical skills are expected and computer programing skills will expand the range of work opportunities.


Candidates must have a doctorate degree, preferably in Psychology or related social/behavioral science field.

At least five years of post-graduate work experience (via DoD research organizations, academic research, industry, or fellowships/internships/post-doctoral) performing any combination of the following:

  • Developing and implementing research plans
  • Selecting appropriate methodologies and analytic tools for research
  • Developing and deploying data collection strategies including those involving human subjects, survey methods, interview protocols, and literature reviews
  • Implementing and applying software appropriate to the research problem (e.g., statistical analysis, text analytics, and analysis of survey or interview-based data)
  • Scoping and executing projects for the Department of Defense and other government agencies
  • Communicating effectively with research sponsors in designing studies and disseminating results
  • Directing junior research assistants

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer

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