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Research Analyst - Operations Research


Alexandria, VA

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Research Analyst - Operations Research
Cost Analysis & Research Division
Alexandria, VA
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The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (IDA) is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies. IDA's mission is to provide objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges, particularly those requiring extraordinary scientific and technical expertise. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration, independent thinking, and objective results.
IDA is seeking an Operations Research Analyst to join the Research Staff of the Cost Analysis and Research Division (CARD). An ideal candidate will enjoy working with and leading diverse project teams and using a variety of analytic techniques to tackle an ever changing set of challenging questions related to government policy and our national defense.
The Cost Analysis and Research Division (CARD) at IDA engages in both traditional cost analysis and applied research on a broad range of topics involving resource allocation, forecasting, econometrics, and systems modeling. CARD researchers perform a wide variety of quantitative analyses that clearly illuminate the resource and outcome consequences of government decisions, policies, and actions. As studies often require a multi-disciplinary approach, CARD maintains a highly educated and diverse research staff with advanced degrees in many quantitative fields, including operations research, engineering, statistics, economics, mathematics, physics, and natural sciences.
A Ph.D. in Operations Research (or a similar field), or an M.S. degree with 8 years of experience is required.
Demonstrated strong communications skills are essential.
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of small project teams is vital.
Strong quantitative skills are critical, including the ability to apply advanced analytical techniques such as optimization, data mining, statistical analysis, and mathematical modeling.
Experience working with data, including data collection, normalization, analysis, and visualization is highly desirable.
Prior work experience or internships are preferable.
Skills working with programming languages (e.g., R, Python) are a plus.
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 working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, genetic characteristic or any other legally protected condition or characteristic.

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