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Effective October 11, 2021, all current and newly hired IDA employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Individuals who accept employment with IDA will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or receive approval for a medical or religious accommodation prior to starting employment. 


The Operational Evaluation Division (OED) has an immediate career opening for a Research Analyst to support operational test assessments of the effectiveness, suitability, and security of Major Satellite Communication Programs in the Department of Defense. IDA takes great pride in the rigor, quality, and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach. 


The Analyst will support and advise mid- and senior-level civilian and military Department of Defense regarding operational test and evaluation of Major Acquisition Programs. The position involves analyzing the design, execution, and results of operational testing to provide independent assessments to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. Close interaction with officials responsible for the planning, development, and execution of such assessments and operational tests is required. Travel is required.


  • Candidate must meet one of the following education/experience combinations: 
  • A Doctoral Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Systems, or Electrical Engineering focus) with relevant work or research experience in satellite communications or radio frequency engineering (via industry, research fellowships, or internships); OR
  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Engineering (Aerospace, Systems, Computer, Chemical, Mechanical, Nuclear, or Electrical), Physics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry (Physical, Theoretical, Nuclear), Computer Science, Information Technology, Bioengineering, or Operations Research coupled with 10+ years’ experience working with satellite systems in a commercial environment or military operational experience.
  • Experience with statistical software or programming languages used in research, engineering, testing, and analysis automation (e.g. Python, R, Stata, Mathmatica, MATLAB, SIMULINK, etc).
  • Demonstrated ability to identify sources, assemble, and organize data sets for which subsequent quantitative and qualitative analyses is desired. 
  • Travel is required.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.



U.S. Citizenship is required

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Click here to learn more about IDA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.