Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-SCAMP1 [#15871, 1398]
Position Title: Adjunct Research Staff Member (SCAMP 2021)
Position Type: Other
Position Location: La Jolla, California 92121, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2020/07/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/04/03, listed until 2020/07/31)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications is accepted. ***


The IDA Center for Communications Research, La Jolla (CCRL), invites applications for SCAMP, its summer research effort.  Each year, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists come to CCRL and work full time for 10 weeks on a few projects side-by-side with our research staff and visitors from our sponsor, the National Security Agency. The scientific scope is broad and varied, including proving theorems, high-performance implementations of mathematical algorithms, practical machine learning, and sophisticated statistical data analyses. Our research environment is distinctive in encouraging close collaboration, multidisciplinary teams, and tight coupling between theory and practice.

SCAMP is held at our facility in beautiful San Diego, California.  Participants are paid for their time and reimbursed for their travel and housing expenses. 

Applicants who are chosen would likely start work on 10 June 2021.


Most SCAMP participants have a PhD in mathematics, statistics, computer science, or a related field. Graduate students and exceptional undergraduates in such fields will also be considered. For junior applicants, past participation in summer internships with the Department of Defense (such as the NSA’s Director's Summer Program or Graduate Mathematics Program), standout performance on the Putnam Competition or ACM ICPC, or similar qualifications are desired. We typically do not accept SCAMP applicants whose main occupation is cryptography.

US citizenship is required for all applicants.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph (which we sponsor).

Application Materials Required:

Please submit the following items online to complete your application:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in our SCAMP program.
  • Curriculum vitae, including links to work samples.
  • References: Provide three references who can speak knowledgeably about your research contributions or letters of recommendation.

To receive full consideration for SCAMP 2021, applications should be received by 31 July 2020.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required 
  • IDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

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