Research Analyst- Physics Hazard Resilience

Washington, DC
DOE with excellent benefits and great retirement plan
January 29 2019
Physical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


The IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a non-profit, federally funded research and development center that provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal departments agencies on science and technology (S&T) policy issues.

STPI takes pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking to achieve objective results. Work at STPI often involves multidisciplinary research in diverse teams. STPI staff work closely and regularly interact with federal sponsors.


STPI’s work on hazard resilience focuses on assessing the extent to which hazards pose a threat to the Nation and analyzing associated levels of national preparedness. The Research Analyst will work with OSTP, federal departments and agencies, and interagency committees and staff to envision, coordinate, and evaluate national initiatives and policies related to enhancing national resilience and preparedness policies through the use of science and technology. The Research Analyst will need to understand the science of the underlying drivers for the hazards and threats and must have a sense of useful approaches to address the issues.


  • Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related physical science or engineering field
  • The successful candidate must have demonstrated interest in researching and writing about resilience and hazards that affect technology and infrastructure systems, ideally including space weather
  • Experience working in and facilitating teams with diverse interests and goals is required
  • Ability to work on a diverse portfolio of policy issues across multiple technical topics is a must  
  • Strong oral and written communications skills are essential
  • Experience in technical analysis of resilience, infrastructure systems, technology, risk analysis, or risk-informed decision making related to hazards is preferred

U.S. Citizenship is required
Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required
Equal Opportunity Employer

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