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Research Analyst - Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation

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.

Qualifications :
  • Candidates must have either a:
  • PhD in a STEM field (such as Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Biology, Computer Science) or Operations Research, Data Science, or any other data-intensive research field; OR
  • Masters degree (same fields as above) along with 8+ years of data science related work experience; OR
  •  Masters degree (same fields as above) combined with military experience
  • Must have experience using computer programming for data processing, analysis, and data visualization with a language such as R or Python
  • Must be able to clearly explain technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Must be able to successfully obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • U.S. Citizenship is required