The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is an independent, non-profit, federally-funded research and development center that provides objective analyses to the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies. Researchers in IDA’s Human Capital Group (HCG) support senior defense leaders by applying knowledge and methods from economics, statistics, data science, psychology, and sociology to a broad range of national security policy issues. As needed, we apply proven tools to new problems and data, develop new models, and generate new theory.
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HCG researchers work on a variety of projects. For each project, researchers are responsible for choosing and using the right tool, whether a familiar standby or a cutting-edge technique. When the right tool is new to us, we learn it. When the right tool doesn't yet exist, we create it (see https://github.com/IDA-HumanCapital/fife). We take pride in the high caliber and timeliness of our analyses, our independent thinking, and our objective results. We value strong teamwork and communication skills.
We are growing our team of quantitative researchers, primarily in the areas of (A) structural counterfactual analyses, (B) applied econometrics, and (C) machine learning and other data science skills.
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be held by Zoom.
U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
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