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Research Analyst - Economist

Arlington - United States
S: Competitive

CNA is a non-profit organization specializing in providing objective analyses and evaluations of government programs, policies, operations, and systems to government agencies and foundations. We have conducted such research for the Navy and Marine Corps for over 70 years, and much of our work continues to be with the Department of Defense. We currently run the Department of Navy's Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and the Institute for Public Research (IPR). Under IPR, we work on projects for the Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, as well as other agencies and foundations.

CNA is seeking candidates with a background in applied Microeconomics, especially in the areas of labor, education, health, behavioral, energy, environment, or industrial organization. Applicants should possess or be nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Economics and have a strong quantitative background in parametric or nonparametric econometrics and/or machine learning. Additionally, applicants should have an interest in applied, policy-oriented research, and the ability to write, speak, and present in a clear and concise format.

As a Research Analyst, you will provide analysis to help develop, evaluate, and implement policies, practices, and programs that make people, budgets, and assets more effective and efficient. Major research areas include workforce management, energy and environment, materials management, budget and execution, infrastructure, and military readiness. All of our analyses are aimed at addressing our government sponsors' problems; whether it is through empirical research or modeling and simulation work, we provide our sponsors with solutions that make a difference.

1 Develop sound analytic frameworks and associated analytic methodologies/ techniques for addressing both structured and unstructured problems. Consistently produce high quality analysis.

2 Develop and maintain broad, general institutional knowledge of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, and issues.

3 Support business development efforts and/or marketing activities by maintaining strong client relationships through high quality work, increasing the visibility of our work, and other related activities such as proposal preparation.

4 Interact with sponsors/clients under the supervision of an experienced colleague, and with study POCs independently.

5 Make significant contributions to research publications and analytic products for individual projects.

6 Communicate results of work in a clear and concise fashion. Effectively communicate one-on-one and in groups. Document work efficiently and accurately. Effectively present work to colleagues, sponsors, and small audiences that are familiar with content.

7 Work with minimal or no guidance on focused, well-structured pieces of projects. Work under closer supervision on more complex, less-structured tasks. Serve as task lead for pieces of projects by managing own activities. May lead small projects under the supervision of an RTL/CMD.

8 Exhibit a positive attitude in interactions with colleagues and clients/sponsors. Provide clear guidance to colleagues on tasks. Take responsibility for own actions and outcomes.

9 Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

1 Education: Minimum Master's degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience. Currently possess or be nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Economics preferred

2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements Ph.D. & 0+ years or Master's & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis.

3 Skills: Ability to make significant contributions to projects/analyses; Strong analytic curiosity/ creativity; Ability to operate independently in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients.

4 Other: Ability to obtain & maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.

5. Required Documents: Use the "Resume Attachments" section to upload:1) Copies of transcripts from all schools attended (unofficial copies are sufficient); 2) Any writing sample(s) that best exemplifies your written work (i.e post-conference writings, publications, etc...).

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Arlington, United States


Master's Degree





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1st November 2017

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28th November 2017

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