Data analysis/processing, Data collection procedures
What will you gain?
You will have extraordinary access to projects, data, policymakers, and a diverse set of expert colleagues. You will have the opportunity to use your education and expertise to make a meaningful impact that will be felt beyond a classroom, while being relieved of the race for tenure and the burden of a “publish or perish” environment. Recent examples of the influential work done at IDA include:
Development of an econometric model for forecasting the supply of recruits that highlights risks to Army recruiting and suggests policy improvements;
Assessments of the $50B/year DoD health-care program that suggest market-oriented reforms;
Development of metrics to measure the success of border-control initiatives;
Development of a stochastic model to analyze the ability of alternative military force structures to support an uncertain timing and severity of future conflicts;
Evaluation of a digital tutor for accelerating military technical expertise;
Examination of how to select a discount rate for calculating lump-sum payments as part of the military retirement package.
Who are we looking for?
IDA has openings for highly qualified PhD researchers with a strong quantitative background in the social sciences (e.g., economists, applied statisticians, psychologists, political scientists). We will consider candidates preparing to graduate, recent graduates, and mid-career individuals.
What will you need?
Demonstrated research excellence and a strong interest in applied research.
Demonstrated superior skill in quantitative, econometric, statistical, or computational methods.
Experience with machine learning techniques and large data sets is a plus.
Ability to make written and oral presentations to audiences at various levels of seniority and with wide-ranging levels of subject-matter expertise.
US Citizenship is required.
If selected, you must pass a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
Internal Number: 1054
About Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit organization operating three think tanks supporting federal decision making: two serving the Department of Defense and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. IDA’s Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues. Employees are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required.