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Research Analyst - Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation

Effective October 11, 2021, all current and newly hired IDA employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Individuals who accept employment with IDA will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or receive approval for a medical or religious accommodation prior to starting employment.

The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an Analyst to support the Department of Defense's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE).  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 conduct high-visibility analyses to support and advise mid- and senior-level civilian and military officials on issues affecting the allocation of DoD resources for force structure, acquisition programs, and readiness and personnel activities. In particular, the successful candidate will provide analytical support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), including contributing to major studies that affect Department of Defense strategy reviews and the annual review of the Defense program. The Analyst’s efforts will be focused on data-intensive analyses, developing better mathematical and analytical models, with a particular emphasis on novel and rigorous approaches, including visual displays appropriate for highlighting major programmatic issues for the senior DoD leadership.  The analyst will analyze and evaluate the capabilities, effectiveness, feasibility, and costs of proposed and alternative forces, weapon systems, and programs and will make use of the Department’s data systems for forces, programs, personnel, and readiness programs and budgets. Close interaction with government officials responsible for leading strategic studies is required. Occasional travel is expected.

  • Candidates must have a Doctoral degree in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry (Theoretical or Nuclear), Applied Mathematics, Engineering (Mechanical, Nuclear, Electrical), Operations Research, Statistics, Data Science or an interdisciplinary program that encompasses one of these areas of focus.
  • Candidates should have experience with one of the following programming languages and environments: R, Python, MATLAB, JMP, Mathematica or SAS.
  • Experience in sustainment, logistics or readiness modeling is desired but not required.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required.

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer