Research Analyst - Science and Technology Division

Alexandria, Virginia
Jun 20, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center think tank. IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies that require careful analysis. IDA’s goal is to deliver objective, evidence-based, actionable analyses and advice focused on results. This position provides technical and analytical expertise in support of IDA's work requiring objective research, test, study, and analyses to various federal agencies. 


Research Analysts are highly qualified, self-starting professionals sought to advise DoD officials and selected audiences on challenges of national and global significance. Research Analysts are expected to develop the broader context (the big picture) for problems facing mid-level managers, senior executives, and military officials across the Federal government. Research Analysts are required to identify key components, while creating and executing appropriate analytic methodologies, and clearly conveying their findings to specialists and non-specialists alike. The position requires strong communication skills, and the candidate must be able to speak and write effectively, think analytically, and work independently.


  • A minimum of a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry (Physical, Theoretical, Nuclear), Bioengineering, Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear, Materials, Electrical, or Aerospace), Physics, or Applied Mathematics coupled with relevant work experience (via industry, research fellowships, or internships)
  • Excellent computer skills and preferably some programming experience
  • Knowledge of weapons systems, especially nuclear weapons is a plus
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.