The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the analysis of the suitability and effectiveness of network intrusion protection systems and cybersecurity information sharing tools. IDA takes great pride in the rigor, quality, 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 Department of Homeland Security personnel regarding operational test and evaluation of major acquisition programs relating to network intrusion protection and cybersecurity information sharing tools. The position involves analyzing the design, execution, and results of operational testing to provide independent assessments to the Director, Office of Test and Evaluation. Close interaction with officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of such assessments and operational tests is required. Travel is required.
Candidate must meet one of the following education/experience combinations.
A minimum of a Doctoral Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines, such as Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics; OR
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines, such as Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, coupled with 10+ years’ experience in research, system design/engineering, or operational testing.
Significant computing experience, e.g.: server management, networking configuration, statistical software or programming languages used in research (e.g. Python, R, Stata, MATLAB, etc).
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Includes excellent benefits
Internal Number: 1255
About The 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.
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