Research Assistant

Company Name:
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center think tank. IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis. 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.
The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an entry level research assistant with strong analytical skills/coursework. Research Assistants (RAs) are members of our full-time professional staff. RAs typically work as members of study teams and at the direction of senior study leaders and analysts.
Research Assistants will generally perform fact-finding tasks, develop preliminary analyses, and shape findings and recommendations for the team. RAs are expected to be familiar with standard information collection, compilation, summary, and analysis methods. They should be able to develop or apply appropriate methods to support the needs of particular studies or analyses. They must demonstrate strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. Duties include:
Participate in developing and maintaining information sources and contacts as directed; may attend meetings to collect information related to projects
Research topics independently, compile data, and present information both orally and in writing
Contribute to the creation and writing of task reports or papers
Interact with Governmental or industrial representatives
Bachelors degree demonstrating significant coursework in the physical sciences, computer science, quantitative analysis disciplines (mathematics, statistics, economics, operations research, or quantitative methods for policy and program evaluation), or engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace) is essential. Masters degree is desired.
Demonstrated ability to assemble and organize large, complex data sets for subsequent quantitative analyses is essential; experience programming and using engineering or statistical analysis software applications (such as MATLAB, JMP, DesignExpert, and FileMaker) is a plus.
Candidates will be asked to provide transcripts and a writing sample and are highly encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining their interests, skill set, experiences, and education (include cover letter with resume as one document).
US Citizenship is required; Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
_IDA is an_ _equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law._
Date: 2014-03-21
Country: US
State: VA
City: Alexandria
Postal Code: 22311

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