Research Analyst - Live Fire/ Aircraft Systems

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 11, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an Analyst supporting the Department of Defense's (DoD) assessments of the operational effectiveness, suitability, and combat survivability of military aircraft systems.  The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers to provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.  IDA research staff members conduct multi-disciplinary analyses in an environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.  IDA provides an inclusive work environment and a comprehensive, competitive salary and benefits package. 


The Live Fire group within OED supports and advises DoD officials regarding the live fire test and evaluation of Major Defense Acquisition Programs.  The Analyst will evaluate all aspects of aircraft survivability, which include detecting and avoiding threats (susceptibility), withstanding hits to the aircraft (vulnerability), and protecting crew and passengers (force protection).  Additionally, the Analyst will evaluate the lethality of anti-aircraft weapons and aircraft-fired munitions.  The Analyst will support test planning, observe realistic survivability and lethality testing, conduct independent analyses, and provide written assessments and recommendations to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  The Analyst will work independently and in small teams demonstrating strong scientific and technical skills, particularly in the area of quantitative analysis. The position involves close interaction with mid- and senior-level civilian and military officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of live fire tests.  Travel is required

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must have one of the following education/experience combinations:
    • A Doctoral degree in Engineering (Aeronautical, Mechanical, Electrical), Material Science, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research or a quantitative interdisciplinary program that encompasses one of these areas of focus coupled with relevant work experience (via government, industry, fellowships, or internships); OR
    • A Master’s degree in one of the areas listed above coupled with 8+ years’ experience
  • Candidates must demonstrate the ability to speak and write clearly about technical concepts and have strong skills in computational and quantitative analysis.
  • Experience with military flight operations, live fire or operational test and evaluation of aircraft systems, aircraft safety, or aircraft survivability modeling and simulation is desired.
  • Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.