Institute for Defense Analyses

Fellowship ID: IDA-IDAPOSTDOCCCRP [#18816]
Fellowship Title: IDA Postdoctoral Fellowship (CCRP)
Fellowship Type: Postdoctoral
Fellowship Location: Princeton, New Jersey 22311, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2021/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/10/29, listed until 2022/01/15)
Fellowship Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this fellowship has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Institute for Defense Analyses, Center for Communications Research, Princeton (IDA CCRP)
invites applications for the IDA Postdoctoral Fellowship, to be followed by an appointment as a
research staff member.

The IDA Postdoctoral Fellowship program has been established with the purpose of providing funding
for fellows from historically underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in research
supporting national security. We seek to recruit and support highly qualified scientists with diverse
backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives arising from differences including, but not limited to, race,
ethnicity, country of origin, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation,
gender identity, and socioeconomic status. As part of their application, applicants should submit a short
personal statement describing how their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives contribute
to their academic and professional pursuits.

About the postdoctoral position

The role begins as an IDA Postdoctoral Fellowship, where the applicant will perform research as a
visiting scholar at a university and continue their academic research program, while receiving salary
and benefits from IDA. This appointment is designed to last one year, with a possibility of a second year
term, in order to give the applicant time to obtain a security clearance, which is required in order
to become a member of the research staff.

Upon obtaining the required security clearance and completion of the IDA Postdoctoral Fellowship, the
selected applicant will join the IDA CCRP research staff. The start date for this position is flexible, but
we anticipate that the successful applicant will begin work in the postdoctoral role by Fall 2022.

About CCR Princeton

The Center for Communications Research, Princeton (CCRP) does research in mathematics, statistics,
computer science, engineering and related fields in support of national security. We are part of the
Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a non-profit federally funded research and development center
(FFRDC), but our research environment feels like that of a mathematics department at a leading
university. However, there is no formal teaching and very few administrative duties.

We work on a wide variety of difficult problems in mathematics, computer science and statistics whose
solutions impact national security. Rather than recruiting in specific areas of those fields mentioned
above, we are looking for creative PhDs who are willing and able to learn and contribute to the vast
specialized body of knowledge developed to solve our ever-evolving research problems. Some projects
require very deep and sophisticated mathematics, others the latest computational technologies, and
many require both. It is our custom to work in a highly collaborative, shared-credit environment that
focuses on bringing in new voices and ideas, as our problems tend to be interdisciplinary. We foster a
collaborative community in several ways, such as attending lectures, working in smaller groups in
offices, and informal conversation at daily tea.

We are located in Princeton, NJ, a great place to live with excellent schools and many enjoyable indoor
and outdoor activities. We maintain close relations with both Princeton University and the Institute for
Advanced Study, frequently attending their events. In addition to easy access to New York and
Philadelphia, Princeton is a bikeable, small town home to a diverse, international citizenry and high
quality options for dining and the arts.

Desired qualifications
  • PhD in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, engineering, or related field.
Required qualifications
  • US citizenship is required.
  • Employment as a research staff member is contingent on obtaining an appropriate security clearance (which we will sponsor).
Application Process

Interested individuals should apply via Please submit the following materials with your
  • an AMS cover sheet; a cover letter;
  • your CV;
  • a discussion of your research, including a proposal for where you would work as an IDA Postdoctoral Fellow and who your mentor would be;
  • a statement describing how your diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives contribute to your academic and professional pursuits; and
  • three letters of recommendation (preferred) or names and contact information of three people who can comment on your research contributions and potential.
Applications received by November 30, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment

IDA commits to rigor, transparency, and integrity as we move forward to:
  • Promote diversity through recruitment, retention, and career growth
  • Implement and maintain policies and practices that enable the success of all IDA community members in our shared mission
  • Foster a culture of active citizenship within IDA and society more broadly to establish an environment that values each member of the community
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders in a data-driven process of continuous feedback and learning

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

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