RAND advises a variety of defense clients on policy-level decisions relating to defense programs, military systems, future force structure and doctrine, and national military strategy. Working with multi-disciplinary teams, national security researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.
National security researchers should have demonstrable ability to research and analyze intelligence or defense policy issues. All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.
In connection with national security or defense projects, many positions require that applicants be eligible to receive, or currently hold, a security clearance from the United States government.
PhD in international relations, area studies, political science, public policy, public administration, or a closely related discipline.
Applicants may be considered for associate, full, or senior researcher positions commensurate with their experience.
Some research may require a security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, one of the requirements includes U.S. citizenship.
Santa Monica, CA; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; (CA, MA, PA preferred office locations)
Positions Open: Multiple
Writing Sample Required
Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.
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