Research Associate - JAWD

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 10, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center.  IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis. 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.


The Joint Advanced Warfighting Division (JAWD) has an immediate opening for a senior level Research Associate (RA) with strong analytical skills and relevant educational training. RAs are members of our full-time professional staff, and work independently, as a member of a study team, or under the direction of senior study leaders and analysts.

RAs are expected to be familiar with standard methods for collecting, compiling, summarizing, and analyzing information. They should be able to develop or apply appropriate methods to support the needs of particular studies or analyses.  As members of interdisciplinary research teams, RAs must demonstrate strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving.  

The issues that IDA addresses change constantly, and RAs are expected to be adaptable and self- motivated, demonstrate a capacity for independent thought, sound judgment, and creativity in analyzing complex policy problems. As part of the research process, IDA research teams may travel to US government or US security partner locations (typically, but not always headquarters or office-like locations).  RAs may be required to assist in these field research activities.  

Duties include:

  • Researching topics independently, compiling data, and presenting information both orally and in writing
  • Contributing to written task reports, papers, and briefings to Government officials
  • Preparing conference materials, and planning meetings with individuals and organizations outside of IDA
  • Interacting with Government representatives
  • Qualifications

    • A master’s degree is required.
    • A demonstrated ability to conduct research and analysis is required, and an academic background or working knowledge of interagency, military, or intelligence operations is desired.
    • The ability to communicate research and analysis simply and clearly in accepted research writing styles (such as MLA, APA, or Chicago style) is required. Candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample demonstrating research and writing skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to assemble and organize large, complex data sets for subsequent quantitative analyses, and experience programming and using statistical analysis software applications and geospatial software are a plus.
    • A strong interest in innovation in a national security context and prior military experience are desired.
    • Candidates are highly encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their interests, skill set, experiences and education.
    • US Citizenship is required.
    • Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.