Research Analyst - Operational Evaluation Division
The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the analysis of the suitability and effectiveness of counter-terrorism products and services. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach.
Research Analysts at IDA are mid-to-senior level research staff positions, responsible for a broad spectrum of analytic functions from defining problems; determining appropriate approaches, selecting modeling or analytical tools to illuminate those problems; guiding junior staff in the application of the selected approaches and tools; interpreting results; and communicating findings (using both written and verbal means). The Research Analyst will work with analysts from throughout IDA on a diverse set of topics. Some research tasks will be narrowly focused, while others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. All will require an understanding of emergency response, public health, or public safety concepts, operations, planning, technologies, and multi-agency coordination challenges.
- Candidate must meet one of the following education/experience combinations:
- A minimum of a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry (Physical, Nuclear), Research Science, Research Psychology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Nuclear), Physics, or Operations Research coupled with relevant work experience (via industry, research fellowships, or internships); OR
- A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Chemistry (Physical, Nuclear), Research Science, Research Psychology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Nuclear), Physics, Operations Research, Public Administration, or Public Policy coupled with 10+ years’ experience in research, system design/engineering, policy, or government.
- Experience managing small teams or project management experience is highly desirable
- US Citizenship is required.
- Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
- Demonstrated ability to identify sources, assemble, and organize large, complex data sets for which subsequent quantitative and qualitative analyses is desired.