Research Analyst - Mixed Methods Social/Behavioral Scientist
Institute for Defense Analyses
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 2292
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis. Researchers in IDA’s Human Capital Group support senior defense leaders by applying qualitative and quantitative methods from psychology, sociology, public health, political science, economics, statistics, and data science to a broad range of national security policy issues. Past and current IDA research examines: diversity, equity, and inclusion; unit cohesion and command climate; performance, promotion, and retention; hazing and bullying; suicide; sexual assault; and extremism. IDA has an opening for a PhD-level social/behavioral scientist to contribute to and lead projects in the Human Capital Group.
IDA’s Research Staff Members (RSMs) are career research staff, typically with PhDs. RSMs work on interdisciplinary research teams and engage with senior U.S. government officials to develop research programs to inform government policy and decision-making. After defining a research question, RSMs:
Develop and implement research plans
Develop and deploy data collection strategies (to include interviews, focus groups, surveys, and literature reviews)
Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
Draft reports and briefings on research results
Communicate effectively with research sponsors and team members
Lead interdisciplinary project teams and direct/mentor junior research staff
Manage project budgets and timelines
Adapt to a wide range of complex and evolving research questions
Exercise independent thought, sound judgement, critical thinking, and creativity
Occasionally travel to U.S. government or U.S. security partner locations
At minimum, requires BS+10 years of experience or MS+8 years of experience or Ph.D. in a Social/Behavioral science field (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Public Health, Anthropology, Political Science, Social work; or related fields).
Experience in the design of data collection tools and collection of social/behavioral data through interviews and focus groups is required.
Experience in the analysis of qualitative data is required.
Strong written and oral communication skills are required.
U.S. citizenship is required.
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.
Experience with the DoD or other branches of government is strongly preferred
Ability and willingness to travel on an occasional basis is preferred.
Why work at IDA?
Competitive salary and benefits, including diverse health insurance options, generous 11% contribution to retirement, 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave, 20 days paid time off, and relocation reimbursement.
Mission-oriented work at a non-profit that supports and protects our Nation’s warfighters; as a non-profit, IDA employees are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL).
Organization-wide commitment to diversity in the workplace and providing a working environment free from discrimination, by fostering a culture of active citizenship and implementing data-driven processes of continuous feedback and learning.
Professional development including tuition reimbursement, internal and external trainings, and funding for researcher-pitched projects and publications.
A strong employee and corporate culture of work-life balance, including commitment to average 40-hour work weeks through flex time, telework options, and expectation of communication only during core business hours.
Located in Alexandria's high-tech corridor, IDA's brand new Potomac Yard facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, workspaces and amenities, including a cafeteria, grab-n-go cafe and gym.
Easy access to local dining and shopping, the Potomac Yard Metro stop (opening Fall 2022), and the Potomac Yard DASH bus stop. Employer contributes $280/month (IRS max) to commuter benefits.
What are the next steps?
Complete the application and submit your resume
If you are selected to move forward in the interview process, the interview consists of three steps:
A short screening call with HR
A 30 min – 60 min screening call with researchers
A full day interview with various researchers and staff; includes giving an hour presentation on a research project
Prior to the full day interview, you will be asked to provide the following:
Transcripts (unofficial accepted), if less than 7 years post-degree
3 professional or academic references
A writing sample
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.
The Institute for Defense Analyses is a nonprofit organization that provides government agencies with high-quality, objective analyses of issues of national security. We provide a work environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues.
IDA embraces diversity and supports an inclusive work environment. Working here requires energy, commitment, flexibility, and teamwork. Whether you’re a graduate student ready to start your career, a professional looking for your next challenge, or a member of the military hoping to transition to the private sector while continuing to make a difference in the national security of your country, we offer exciting opportunities to learn and grow.