Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-DIRECTORCCRP [#14024, 1417]
Position Title: Director, Center for Communications Research - Princeton
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2019/07/14help popup finished (2019/06/14, finished 2020/01/19, listed until 2019/07/15)
Position Description:    

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Director, Center for Communications Research - Princeton  
Enjoy challenging work and make important contributions to the Nation

The institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally-Funded Research Centers (FFRDCs): the Center for Communications and Computing  serving  the National Security Agency (NSA); the Systems and Analyses Center serving the Department of Defense; and the Science and Technology Policy Institute serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and other offices and councils within the executive branch of the federal government. 

The Center for Communications and Computing performs fundamental (but largely classified) research in mathematics and computer science for the NSA, where both categories are interpreted very broadly. The Center also aids in solving some immediate, difficult, and important problems for NSA.

The Center for Communications Research in Princeton is one of the three Centers that make up the Center for Communications and Research. The other two Centers are the Center for Communications Research in La Jolla and the Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie. While the three Centers work closely together, each has developed a unique research portfolio. The research at CCR-Princeton has a significant component that involves very deep mathematics, a significant computational component, and a long-term interest in the mathematics, engineering, and practical sides of signals analysis. This is sometimes called a mathematics think tank, but “mathematics” interpreted in a very broad sense.

Reporting directly to the IDA President, the Director manages a year-round staff of nearly 90 personnel, of which half are researchers, virtually all of whom have PhDs. Though mathematics is the most common PhD area, there are also researchers with degrees in computer science, engineering, and other scientific fields. A significant part of the research of CCRP occurs at, or is connected to, summer sessions (“SCAMPs”), which are intense, more focused, research workshops when CCRP expands to include visitors from NSA and IDA research adjuncts, the latter including eminent academics.  

We seek an accomplished mathematician/scientist and leader who can lead a research endeavor of considerable depth and breadth.   The Director’s responsibilities include managing the Center’s operations, including computer support, personnel, maintenance and security.  The Director of CCRP works cooperatively with the other two Center Directors, multiple parts of the NSA sponsor, and key leaders in NSA.  A very important responsibility is recruiting new researchers, and establishing and maintaining academic contacts to aid in recruitment. 

IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment.  To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to lead a research enterprise that is intellectually deep and at the same time of great importance to the country.

The selected individual must maintain a security clearance and meet the ancillary requirements for access to compartmented information. 

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