Research Associate - China/East Asia Assessments

06 Nov 2019 9:51 AM | Deleted user


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers supporting federal decision making – two serving the Department of Defense (DOD) and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. IDA assists the United States Government in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.

This position is in IDA’s Intelligence Analyses Division (IAD). IAD supports the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and other U.S. Government Agencies by providing analyses of critical intelligence and national security issues. IAD is involved in analytical activities across a wide range of cross disciplinary national security and intelligence matters including: programmatic assessments; technical evaluations; social science research; strategic analysis; physical, cyber, and human threat evaluations; and open source exploitation. Short and long term sponsoring arrangements with U.S. Government entities provide a steady stream of intellectual challenges for the IAD staff in the furtherance of national objectives and for identifying opportunities to improve public sector performance.


IDA seeks candidates for a Research Associate position within IAD. This position will work alongside highly experienced analysts who are working on projects for the DoD and the Intelligence Community. Primary work will be accomplished in Alexandria, VA at the IDA headquarters in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.

Research Associates (RA) are members of our full-time professional staff. RAs typically work as members of study teams and at the direction of senior study leaders and analysts. A Research Associate must be capable of operating unsupervised on assignments for which they are qualified. RAs will generally perform fact-finding tasks, develop preliminary analyses, and shape findings and recommendations for the team. RAs are expected to be familiar with standard information collection, compilation, summary and analysis methods; able to develop or apply appropriate methods to support needs of particular studies or analyses; use strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills to contribute effectively to a team approach, problem solving, and to interact with Government and industry representatives. The analyst is expected to make immediate, substantive contributions to the development and completion of written and oral deliverables for sponsoring organizations.


  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Chinese/East Asian: politics, foreign and/or military policy, military doctrine or national security policies in the post-World War II era.
  • Candidates with a Ph.D. will not be considered.
  • It is preferred that candidates have demonstrated reading/research skills in the Chinese (Mandarin) language through time spent living/working in the region.
  • Candidates must possess strong analytical skills in developing and implementing analytical methodologies and then fusing developed all-source information into clear and concise conclusions and recommendations.
  • Candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as good interpersonal skills.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem definition and resolution.
  • Candidates should have a working knowledge of the U.S. national security establishment and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
  • Candidates are REQUIRED to have an active TS clearance and recent SCI access (within the last 6 months)/current SSBI. Candidates without this level of clearance will not be considered for the position.
  • Candidates are encouraged to submit a brief cover letter (in addition to a resume) describing their career interests, skill sets, and specific abilities that are applicable to this job.

U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required

Equal Opportunity Employer


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