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Research Associate - Science Policy

The IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a non-profit, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other federal departments and agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues. For more information about STPI, please see 

STPI takes pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in a collaborative atmosphere that encourages independent and critical thinking to achieve objective results. Work at STPI often involves multidisciplinary research in diverse teams. Strong oral and written communications skills are essential. STPI staff work closely and regularly interact with federal sponsors.

STPI has immediate openings for a Research Associate with a science, social science, or engineering background. Candidates with a strong interest in applied policy research are encouraged to apply.
The Research Associate (RA) will assist, support, and work under the direct supervision of experienced researchers and other professional staff to provide qualitative and quantitative research support for OSTP and other Federal agencies. Responsibilities may include conducting reviews and searches of academic literature and databases; developing and administering surveys; conducting preliminary data analyses; summarizing research findings; conducting interviews; and drafting project reports and briefings. 
  • Prospective applicants must have a Master’s or Bachelor’s with a minimum of 2 years of experience, preferably in science and technology policy or research.
  • A degree in a science, social science, or engineering field and demonstrated skills in qualitative, quantitative, statistical, or computational methods required.
  • Experience communicating and writing about science and technology policy preferred.
  • Experience or ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills are preferred. 
Prospective candidates should submit a brief cover letter describing their policy interests, skill sets, and specific abilities that are applicable to this job (upload as a single document with resume/CV). 
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.