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Dec 12, 2018
Overview IDA is a federally-funded research and development center that produces objective, high-impact analyses for the Department of Defense (DoD). IDA prides itself on the quality and timeliness of these analyses, and its multi-disciplinary problem-solving approach. The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) is the largest division at IDA. Its primary task is to support the DoD in evaluating how effective, suitable, and survivable weapons systems and other major defense systems are under operationally realistic conditions.  Currently, OED is seeking a Research Analyst to join our Human Factors team in Alexandria, VA. Ideal candidates have the technical expertise to develop rigorous plans for collecting human data in difficult environments and the communication skills to convince skeptical, non-technical audiences of the merits of that plan. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability in statistical analysis. Experience with UI/UX or Human Factors Engineering research, particularly for military systems, is a plus, but not required. Responsibilities Support the government sponsor and other IDA researchers in using the best practices for evaluating human factors in system performance; Assist in the design, planning, and observation of operational tests (e.g., develop survey instruments and administration plans, leverage experimental design principles, produce power calculations); Assist in the preparation of documents (e.g., briefings and reports on the design, conduct, and findings of operational tests, graphs that clearly present findings from analyses, meeting materials); Communicate information about test design methods and findings from operational tests to the government sponsor in a clear, professional manner; Develop methods for dealing with the challenges of operational testing and improving data quality (e.g., small sample sizes, safety constraints, operational realism); Develop materials to educate the operational test community (e.g., quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques, test design methods, survey methods)  Required Qualifications A minimum of a Doctoral degree in a quantitative social science or interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the quantitative analysis of human-generated data or a Master’s degree in one of these fields coupled with relevant career experience in the government, military, or industry. Candidates must have experience with one or more of the following statistical packages: JMP, R, SPSS, Matlab, SAS, or Python. Candidates must have demonstrated ability in applied statistics (e.g., design of experiments, linear modeling, factor analysis, or structural equation modeling). Ability to work independently or in teams. Experience with UI/UX or HFE methodologies is desired. Expertise in survey methods is desired. Military or civilian DoD acquisition or test experience is desired. Travel is required (25 -30%). U.S. Citizenship is required Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required Equal Opportunity Employer
The Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria, VA, USA Full time