Research Analyst – Organizational Behavior

12/03/2018 6:33 PM | Anonymous

The Institute for Defense Analyses

Location: Alexandria, VA




The Institute for Defense Analyses is a federally funded research and development center supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies that require rigorous and objective analysis of national security issues. The Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) performs interdisciplinary analyses of plans and policies related to national security strategy, the structure and capabilities of US, allied and adversary forces, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, organizational efficiency and management issues, and human capital challenges. The SFRD has an opening for a Research Analyst to contribute to analyses of human capital management and organizational effectiveness. 


Research Staff Members (RSMs) are career research staff, typically with PhDs.  RSMs engage with senior US government officials to develop research programs on government policy, budgetary, and program choices. After defining a research question, RSMs:

  • Develop and implement research plans
  • Select appropriate methodologies and analytic tools for research
  • Develop and deploy data collection strategies including those involving human subjects, various survey methods, interview protocols, and literature reviews
  • Collect or oversee the collection of data
  • Apply software appropriate to the research problem (including various approaches to text analytics, and analysis of survey or interview-based data)
  • Interact with subject matter experts in the research process
  • Communicate effectively with research sponsors in designing studies and disseminating results

Some research tasks are narrowly focused, while others address a broader spectrum of concerns.  RSMs contributing to SFRD’s human capital and organizational effectiveness programs of work will apply social and behavioral science theory, conceptual models, and analytic methods to problems associated with talent management, human capital strategy, personnel selection, organizational design, organizational change, and management to improve the effectiveness of national security policies, programs, operations and organizations.  RSMs are expected to demonstrate proficiency in rigorous and structured analytic techniques and to be familiar with modern computer applications appropriate to the individual’s academic discipline.   RSMs are members of interdisciplinary research teams and must demonstrate good interpersonal communications skills and contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving. The issues that IDA addresses change constantly and RSMs are expected to be adaptable and self-motivated, demonstrating a capacity for independent thought and sound judgment. As part of the research process, IDA research teams will travel to US government or US security partner field locations (typically headquarters or office-like locations).


  • Requires a PhD in Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Management, or a related field. (A DBA or MBA will not be considered for this position.)
  • Applicant’s dissertation or subsequent published research record must include analysis of data from human subjects, personnel records, or organizational data.
  • Requires demonstrated mastery of theories and concepts in one or more of the following areas: organizational behavior, talent management, human capital strategy, personnel selection, training and workforce development, organizational design, and/or organizational change.
  • Requires a record of accomplishments and demonstrated research experience in analysis of behavioral or organizational data using qualitative or quantitative methods.
  • Requires the ability to communicate complex concepts simply and clearly in written and spoken contexts.
  • Requires the ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Requires the ability to conduct field research and to travel to field locations.
  • Familiarity with handling personally identifiable information, conducting human subjects research, or applying IRB processes and procedures is preferred.
  • Applicants less than 5 years post-degree are REQUIRED to submit a copy of their transcripts (undergraduate & graduate; unofficial copies will suffice), a writing sample, and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position, and how their skill set, experiences, and education align with the defined responsibilities. Contact information is required for at least three references able to evaluate applicant’s skills and work history.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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