Research Analyst - Naval Warfare - Military Experience
Institute for Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 2990
The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an Analyst supporting the Department of Defense's assessment of the operational effectiveness and suitability of Naval Warfare-related Defense Acquisition Programs. 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.
The Analyst will support and advise mid and senior-level civilian and military officials regarding the operational test and evaluation of Naval Warfare programs. In particular, the successful candidate will provide analytical support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding testing and evaluating amphibious and combat logistics ships. This effort includes analyzing the design, execution, and results of operational testing and providing independent assessments to the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. Close interaction with government officials responsible for planning, developing, and executing tests is required. The Analyst is expected to travel for test events, including embarking on Navy and Military Sealift Command vessels for at-sea testing.
Unit and staff level operational military experience.
Candidates with a background in amphibious operations, surface warfare, maritime planning, or ship engineering systems are particularly desirable.
Candidates must have at least a Master’s Degree in an applicable technical field, such as Operations Research, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or an interdisciplinary program that encompasses one of these areas of focus.
Must have experience compiling, analyzing, and presenting quantitative data.
Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required.
Candidates must be able to travel and to embark and perform tasks onboard a Navy or Military Sealift Command vessel at sea.
Why work at IDA?
Comprehensive benefits including diverse health insurance options, generous 11% contribution to retirement, maternity/paternity leave, 20 days paid time off, and relocation reimbursement;
Mission-oriented work at a non-profit that supports and protects our warfighters; as a non-profit, IDA employees are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL);
Professional development including tuition reimbursement, internal and external trainings, and funding for researcher-pitched projects and publications;
A strong employee and corporate culture of work-life balance, including commitment to average 40-hour work weeks through flex time, partial telework options, and expectation of communication only during core business hours;
Organization-wide commitment to diversity in the workplace and providing a working environment free from discrimination, by fostering a culture of active citizenship and implementing data-driven processes of continuous feedback and learning.
Flat corporate structure that encourages collaboration and ability to choose your own projects.
A brand-new facility located in Alexandria’s high-tech corridor in Potomac Yard; amenities include a cafeteria, grab-n-go café, gym, and close proximity to local dining and shopping; and
Easy access to Potomac Yard Metro stop and Potomac Yard DASH bus stop. Employer contributes $315/month (IRS max) to commuter benefits.
What are the next steps?
Complete the application and submit your resume.
The application process consists of three interviews.
A short screening call with HR;
A 30 min – 60 min screening call with researchers; and
Full day interview with various researchers and staff; includes giving an hour presentation on a research project.
Prior to the full day interview, you will be asked to provide:
Transcripts (unofficial accepted);
3 letters of recommendation; and
A writing sample.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Click here to learn more about IDA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a nonprofit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.
IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you’re a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.