Research Analyst Live Fire Aircraft Systems

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


Alexandria , VA

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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

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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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