Overview

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) seeks analysts who will directly contribute to IDA efforts to develop, design, and execute studies and analysis for the Department of Defense and other national security agencies.

OPENING: Research Analyst – Nuclear Weapons Strategy and Policy

Research Analysts at IDA are career research staff, typically with PhDs or with extensive practical or research experience. Research Analysts engage with senior government officials to develop research programs on government policy, budgetary, and program choices. Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. Research Analysts contributing to SFRD’s nuclear policy, strategy, and forces program of work will provide analytic expertise to national security challenges that involve the Nation’s nuclear enterprise. After defining a research question, Research Analysts:

  • Develop and implement research plans
  • Select appropriate methodologies and analytic tools for research
  • Develop and deploy data collection strategies including those involving human subjects, various survey methods, interview protocols, and literature reviews
  • Collect or oversee the collection of data
  • Implement and apply software appropriate to the research problem
  • Interact with research subjects, including government officials and other subject matter experts, in the research process and with research sponsors in communicating results
  • Help manage a portfolio of research efforts
  • Direct more junior research associates in development of data gathering, analysis and interpretation efforts, and in development of analytic tools or software code to test hypotheses.

OPENING: Research Associate – Nuclear Strategy & Policy

Research Associates (RA’s) directly contribute to IDA efforts to develop, design, and execute studies and analysis as part of interdisciplinary research teams led by IDA Research Analysts. 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. RA’s 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, RA’s must be adaptable and self-motivated, and exercise independent thought, sound judgment, conscientiousness, and creativity in analyzing complex problems. RA’s 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. RA’s assist in the planning and coordination of these field research activities and will accompany research teams as individual projects require.