Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-PRSM [#20338]
Position Title: Research Staff Member
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering
Application Deadline: 2022/11/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/04, finished 2023/05/27, listed until 2022/12/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Center for Communications Research, Princeton (CCR Princeton) seeks new research staff members in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering and related fields to join our team. We are a collaborative research institution looking to add self-motivated colleagues who like working on hard problems that are theoretical as well as practical, and have an impact on the vital communications that protect national security. Their solutions often come from interdisciplinary collaboration, drawing on knowledge from mathematics, computer science, statistics, and signals analysis.

CCR Princeton and its sister institutions, the Center for Communications Research La Jolla and the Center for Computing Sciences in Bowie, MD, form the Center for Communications and Computing, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that is a division of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

Rather than recruiting in specific subfields, we are looking for creative Ph.D.s who will help build on the specialized body of knowledge that has been developed in-house. Some projects require deep and sophisticated mathematics, others the latest computational technologies, and many require both. In addition to internal work, we encourage continued academic research, and support travel to workshops and conferences.

We have a shared-credit environment and a flat organizational structure. Collaboration is encouraged by an "open door" policy, informal conversations at daily tea, regular seminars, and easy access to spontaneous discussion sessions. The result is small, flexible working groups. We also hold a ten-week SCAMP (Summer Conference on Applied Mathematical Problems) each summer, which brings in graduate students and faculty from academic institutions for collaborative work on focused problems.

We are located in Princeton, NJ, which is a great place to live with excellent schools in Princeton and surrounding townships, and many enjoyable indoor and outdoor activities. We maintain close relations with both Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. In addition to easy access to New York City and Philadelphia, Princeton is a bikeable, cosmopolitan town with high-quality options for dining and the arts.

US citizenship is required. Employment is contingent on obtaining an appropriate security clearance (which we will sponsor). The start date for this position is flexible, but we anticipate that a typical applicant would be able to begin work in the Spring of 2024.

Interested individuals should apply via . Please submit an AMS cover sheet; a cover letter; CV; a research statement; and three letters of recommendation from people who can speak knowledgeably about your research and/or problem solving abilities. Applications received by November 20, 2022, will receive full consideration.

CCR Princeton offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including moving expenses, medical and dental insurance, 401(k), HSA, FSA, life and disability insurance, and an on-site gym.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, genetic characteristic or any other legally protected condition or characteristic.

Please submit the following items online at to complete your application: · Cover Letter · Curriculum Vitae · Research Statement · Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers on For further information, please contact Wayne Raskind, Director, at: or see our website

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