Research Analyst (CBRN Analyst) - SFRD

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Sep 08, 2017
Closes
Sep 27, 2017
Function
Analyst, Research
Hours
Full Time

Overview

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues.

The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs integrated, interdisciplinary studies of plans and policies related to national security strategy and homeland security and defense.  SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst to support analyses in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense. The purpose of these analyses is to provide defensive capabilities (which could be technical, medical, and/or procedural) against state or terrorist use of these weapons of mass destruction against US military forces or civilians. Our analyses examine a variety of issues including the risks posed by threats identified by the intelligence community, quantifying the potential CBRN environment that might pose a challenge to both US military forces and civilians, human physiological response to CBRN agents and effects, developing scenarios and vignettes to support exercises, modeling of infectious disease spread, and assessment of defensive technologies. The work is performed by interdisciplinary teams and while some tasks will be narrowly focused, others will address a broader spectrum of concerns. Our analyses are highly technical and involve considerable modeling and simulation.

Recent PhDs and PhDs with relevant experience are invited to apply. Individuals with a variety of technical backgrounds, such as those listed below, have brought unique perspectives and made lasting contributions to our research program.

Responsibilities

Research Analysts are mid-to-senior level research staff positions, responsible for a broad spectrum of analytic functions from defining problems; determining appropriate approaches, modeling or developing and applying 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 the CBRN analysis group within SFRD as well as 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 a willingness to learn the essentials of CBRN phenomenology and to execute analyses of the highest caliber. 

Qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant scientific area is required.  Because of the breadth of our analyses, acceptable degrees could be in chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, operations research, engineering, or in areas such as toxicology, epidemiology with biostatistics emphasis, or similar fields.   
  • Command of modeling and quantitative techniques that could be applied to develop and utilize representational models of CBRN incidents is required. This requires proficiency with modern programming languages, (C/C++, Python, R, etc.) and abilities to use and develop applications to process large data sets and to simulate relevant phenomenology.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify sources, assemble, and organize large, complex data sets for which subsequent quantitative and qualitative analyses is desired.
  • Strong analytical and communication (both written and verbal) skills, a capacity for independent thought and sound judgment, good interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach.
  • Candidates must submit a resume or CV, a copy of their transcripts from post-secondary schools attended in the last 10 years, a writing sample and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and how their skill set, experiences and education align with the defined responsibilities. Candidates who are contacted for initial telephone interviews will be required to provide three reference 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.