Research Analyst Quantum Science

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Posted by: Institute for Defense Analyses on Mar 25, 2020


Alexandria , VA

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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.

The Science and Technology Division (STD) of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) has an immediate need for a Research Analyst. Our scientists and engineers offer insight into technology trends and the impact of scientific advances on national security missions by bringing rigor to scientific assessments and by providing independent perspectives on technology risks and mitigation strategies.


The focus of the position is supporting the U.S. government in developing, evaluating, and acquiring Quantum Technology, including Quantum Sensing, Algorithm Development, Computing and Communication.  The ideal candidate is a researcher with extensive experience with experimental quantum systems.  The candidate will rely on their knowledge of quantum systems to assist cross-disciplinary teams in assessing the maturity of quantum technologies, performing systems engineering and trade-off studies for developing robust quantum sensors, and developing test strategies to evaluate effectiveness.

A Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Applied Math, Materials Science or related field is required. The candidate must have proven record of research and accomplishment in Quantum Physics and Quantum Information Science.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and experience in quantum metrology concepts such as sensitivity, coherence time.
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of small project teams.
Candidates should have experience and understanding in experimental methods in the control and measurement of quantum systems such as Atomic Vapors, Quantum Optics, Trapped Ions, Cold Atoms and Condensed Matter Systems.
Knowledge of Quantum Computing and Quantum Algorithms.
Candidates should have experience with programming languages and environments. Experience in Python, R, Stata, Mathematica, MATLAB is highly desired.

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

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About Institute for Defense Analyses

IDA is the Institute for Defense Analyses, a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

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