JOE - December 2012

Institute for Defense Analyses
Research Analyst
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Analyst
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
D -- Microeconomics
F -- International Economics
H -- Public Economics
I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
L -- Industrial Organization

JOE ID Number: 201212_397519

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The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit corporation supporting the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies with applied economics and multi-disciplinary research. IDA researchers support senior defense officials by analyzing issues on National Security policy and resource management. Recent examples include: the development of an econometric model for forecasting the supply of new enlistment recruits; assessments of the DoD health care incentives; policies for employing reservists; development and enhancement of parametric models to forecast major weapon system costs like the Joint Strike Fighter; an assessment of the variation in Department of Veterans Affairs benefits across states; the best location of Department of Energy facilities; treatment of cost and technical risk in establishing the NASA budget for a major space program; and the DoD's practices for contracting with commercial airlines.

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. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach with physicists, engineers, and other social scientists. Researchers work closely with and are in frequent contact with government sponsors. Consequently, strong communications skills will be greatly valued.

We are looking for applicants in all areas (categories are the ones used by Job Openings for Economists (JOE) or the American Economics Association (AEA):

IDA has openings for up to five economists. Recent PhD graduates and those in mid-career with PhD will be considered. Applicants must have demonstrated superior skill in quantitative, econometric, statistical, or computational methods. Prospective applicants should also possess a strong interest in applied research.

US Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
Application Instructions:

1) Please register at and upload a resume (with GPA) and cover letter; AND, 2) log on to our posting on and submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, and your job market paper. We plan to be recruiting at the AEA Annual Meeting in San Diego in January 2013. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to be considered for interviews at the AEA Annual Meeting.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. Individuals with disabilities, including "disabled veterans" or veterans with service-connected disabilities, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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