The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for an Analyst supporting the Department of Defense's assessments of aircraft combat survivability and weapon and munitions lethality in support of live fire test and evaluation. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers to provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise. IDA research staff members conduct multi-disciplinary analyses in an environment that encourages rigorous, independent research on challenging and complex issues. IDA provides an inclusive work environment and a comprehensive, competitive salary and benefits package
The Live Fire group within OED supports and advises DoD officials regarding the live fire test and evaluation of Major Defense Acquisition Programs. The Analyst will evaluate all aspects of fixed and rotary wing aircraft survivability, which include withstanding hits to the aircraft (vulnerability), protecting crew and passengers (force protection), and detecting and avoiding threats (susceptibility). Additionally, the Analyst will evaluate the lethality of weapons and munitions launched towards aircraft. The Analyst will support test planning, observe realistic survivability and lethality testing, conduct independent in-depth analyses of test result, and provide written assessments to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Analyst will work independently and in small teams using their strong scientific and technical skills, particularly in the area of quantitative analysis. The position involves close interaction with mid- and senior-level civilian and military officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of live fire tests. Travel is required
Candidates must have one of the following education/experience combinations:
A Doctoral degree in Engineering (Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical, or Systems), Material Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or a quantitative interdisciplinary program that encompasses one of these areas of focus coupled with relevant work experience (via government, industry, fellowships, or internships); OR
A Master’s degree in Engineering (Aeronautical, Aerospace, Mechanical, or Systems), Material Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Operations Research, National Security, or a quantitative interdisciplinary program that encompasses one of these areas of focus discipline coupled with 10+ years’ experience
Must have experience compiling and analyzing quantitative data.
Experience in threat systems evaluation, military flight operations, live fire testing, aircraft safety, aircraft survivability modeling and simulation is a plus.
U.S. Citizenship is required Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required Equal Opportunity Employer
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 1464
About Institute for Defense Analyses
The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates 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. The IDA Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges.
IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. IDA’s main facility is located in a modern office complex, directly off an interstate highway, minutes from the Pentagon. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues.
Individuals selected for employment at IDA are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U. S. citizenship is required.
The Institute for Defense Analyses is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit IDA's website: www.ida.org for more information and to submit resumes