Advocacy / Non-Profit, Government, Public Health, Research Facility
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies. 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.
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 illuminates 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 various branches of engineering, operations research, statistics, economics, mathematics, physics, and natural sciences.
The Institute for Defense Analyses seeks a Public Health Scientist with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research and policy to join the Research Staff of the Cost Analysis and Research Division. CARD conducts studies and analyses in support of the U.S. military’s health-care system (TRICARE) and the Veterans’ Health Administration. The Public Health Scientist will develop research designs; manage large, often personally-identifiable databases; perform statistical and policy analyses; write-up research reports; and present briefings in a clear and concise manner suitable for senior decision makers in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Recent policy issues include peacetime training for military trauma providers; partnerships between military hospitals and nearby community hospitals; and value-based purchasing of private-sector care to supplement military hospitals.
A PhD or DrPH in Public Health, or equivalent, is required.
Preferred areas of interest include biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research, and health economics.
Desired skills include programming in multiple languages (e.g., R, SAS, Python), working with large data sets, data collection, data normalization, and data visualization.
Data analytics and machine-learning techniques are also desirable.
Candidates should have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and exhibit strong communications skills.
U.S. citizenship is required and applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit organization operating three think tanks supporting federal decision making: two serving the Department of Defense and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. IDA’s Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technica...l expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues.
Employees are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship is required.