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August 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Institute for Defense Analyses

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SAC Research and Analysis

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111467179
Date Posted: 08/17/2021
Date Inactive: 01/31/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
D -- Microeconomics
H -- Public Economics
I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
K -- Law and Economics
L -- Industrial Organization
Industrial organization
Applied econometrics
Public finance
National Security
Full Text of JOE Listing:


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. Economists at IDA support senior defense leaders by applying economic theory and analytic methods to issues of National Security policy and resource management. As needed, we apply proven tools to new problems and data, develop new models, and generate new theory.

Recent examples of our work include:

- Constructing mechanisms for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for each other’s patients and to transfer funding across departments
- Exploring alternative organizational structures and delivery methods for educating and training military medical personnel in order to reduce costs and streamline management
- Identifying opportunities to transfer positions among active and reserve military personnel, federal civilians, and contractors in order to reduce costs and concentrate military personnel in more operational (vs. administrative) positions
- Making recommendations to improve the outreach, hiring, and training of civilian personnel in the - Department of Defense, particularly in key specialties such as cyber, intelligence, foreign language proficiency, and STEM
- Examining the dependence of the U.S. – and particularly the U.S. military – on overseas manufacturers of computer chips
- Designing a multi-year personnel retention experiment
- Estimating causal effects of staffing levels on mission effectiveness
- Predicting individuals’ career events with machine learning and a rich set of personnel records

We take pride in the high caliber and timeliness of our analyses, our independent thinking, and our objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach with physicists, engineers, psychologists, and other social scientists. Researchers work closely with and are in frequent contact with government sponsors. Consequently, strong communication skills are greatly valued.

We will consider job market candidates preparing to graduate, recent graduates, and mid-career individuals.


- Ph.D. in Economics.
- Prior experience in applied economics (including health economics, industrial organization, labor economics, and public economics).
- Applicants must have demonstrated research excellence and a strong interest in applied research.
- Applicants must have also demonstrated superior skill in quantitative, econometric, statistical, or computational methods.
- Experience with machine learning techniques and large data sets is a plus.
- Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.

Application Process

Interested candidates must follow a 2 step process and apply on-line to BOTH of the following:

1) Apply to IDA's careers page posting by uploading a resume/CV (with GPA) and cover letter to;


2) Submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and your job market paper (or equivalent) with your application to JOE.

Interview Process

All interviews will be conducted virtually for the hiring season.

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Requirements:
  • Transcripts
  • Job Market Paper
  • CV
  • Letters of Reference
Application deadline: 01/31/2022
Application Instructions:
In addition to JOE's application, please apply online at IDA's site using this link:

Please upload your resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation (if available) when submitting your application at IDA's page.
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