Research Associate (Industrial Base Assessments) - SFRD

Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center that supports the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies with rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues. The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy, including:

  • Structure and capabilities of U.S., allied, and adversary forces
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense
  • Organizational efficiency and management issues
  • Economic and human capital challenges
  • U.S. industrial base and resource management

SFRD has an opening for a Research Associate (RA) to assist with quantitative analyses and assessments of the defense industrial base and the broader US economy. 


RAs directly contribute to IDA research efforts as part of interdisciplinary research teams led by IDA Research Analysts. They perform information gathering; data cleaning, formatting, and manipulation; modeling, simulation, and analysis; and drafting of reports and presentations. RAs are expected to have demonstrated technical and analytic proficiency and be familiar with scientific and data processing software and techniques. They must communicate clearly and contribute effectively to team problem solving. As IDA’s research questions cover a wide range of topics, RAs must be adaptable and self-motivated, and exercise independent thought, sound judgment, conscientiousness and creativity in analyzing complex policy problems. IDA research teams may travel to US government or US security partner field locations. RAs assist in the planning and coordination of these field research activities and will accompany research teams conducting field research, as individual projects require.


  • Master’s degree in economics or business administration including significant coursework in quantitative analysis disciplines (mathematics, statistics, econometrics, macroeconomic modeling, empirical microeconomics) is required.
  • Experience in collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing economic, statistical, and financial data, to include data and reports on business operations, finances and financial statements, supply chains, and production processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to assemble and organize large, complex data sets for subsequent quantitative analyses.  
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts simply and clearly in written and spoken contexts.
  • Experience employing macroeconomic simulation and forecasting and input-output models in assessments of macro-economic conditions, industry demands, and trade flows is desired.
  • Experience programming in high-level computer languages (e.g. C, C++, Python, Fortran, Java) to support technical analyses, modeling and simulation is desired.
  • Prior work experience in the military, government, or non-governmental organizations performing national security related work is a plus.
  • The ability and willingness to travel.
  • A cover letter outlining interest in the position, and how skill set, experiences and education align with the defined responsibilities is desired. At later stages of the candidate evaluation process, candidates will be required to submit a copy of their transcripts, a writing sample and the names of three references whom we can contact.  
  • US Citizenship is required. 
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.