Research Associate - Climate/Environmental Security

The Research Associate will assist with projects related to climate security and resilience.


Date posted

Apr. 8, 2024 4:15 pm

Application deadline

Apr. 26, 2024 5:00 pm


The Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA)


  • United States

Job description


The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center. IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis free of conflict of interest or political bias. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. Researchers within the Science, Systems, and Sustainment Division (S3D) of IDA are highly qualified, self-starting scientists and engineers who advise DoD officials and selected audiences on challenges of national and global significance. We provide independent analytical products to help solve problems facing senior executives and military officials across the Federal government. S3D scientists and engineers offer our sponsors insight into technology trends and the impact of emerging advances by bringing rigor to technology readiness assessments and independent perspectives on technology risks and mitigation strategies.


The Division has an immediate opening for a Research Associate. The Research Associate will assist with projects related to climate security and resilience. Applicants should also be willing to regularly learn new topics that concern national security, as required. Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills are critical. Duties will include, but not be limited to, data analysis and visualization, report writing, code development, presentations to disseminate results, or other project-related tasks as directed by the research staff.


  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in any physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or related fields are eligible but a background in climate science is preferred.
  • Demonstrated computer skills, preferably including experience with scripting languages such as Python and/or scientific modelling and computational abilities. Experience with cloud computing (e.g., AWS) is a plus.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, preferably including experience analyzing large datasets and familiarity with geospatial datasets.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.
  • Successful completion of a background check is required. 

Why work at IDA?

IDA, as a non-profit, is uniquely positioned to answer the most challenging U.S. security and science questions with objective and rigorous analysis leveraging extraordinary scientific, technical, and analytic expertise. This position is located in Alexandria, VA, just outside Washington, D.C.

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