Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-PRSM [#22860]
Position Title: Research Staff Member, CCR Princeton
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Engineering
Application Deadline: 2023/11/19 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/08/28, finished 2024/05/25)
Position Description:    

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Research Staff Member
Center for Communications Research, Princeton

The Center for Communications Research, Princeton (CCR Princeton) is seeking new research staff members in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, engineering, data science, and related fields to join our team.  

Who We Are:

CCR Princeton and its sister institutions, CCR La Jolla and CCS Bowie, 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).  We work under long-term contract to the National Security Agency to address scientific problems related to its mission.

We are a collaborative research institution looking to add self-motivated colleagues who like working on hard problems.  Solutions often come from interdisciplinary collaboration, drawing on knowledge from mathematics, computer science, statistics, and signals analysis.  Some projects require deep and sophisticated mathematics, others the latest computational technologies, and many require both.  

How We Work:

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, with researchers free to choose what to work on according to their interests and expertise.

Each summer we hold an intensive ten-week program, SCAMP (Summer Conference on Applied Mathematical Problems), where researchers from academia, government, and industry come in to collaborate with our research staff on focused problems that change from year to year.  

Rather than recruiting in specific subfields, we are looking for creative Ph.D.s who will help build on the body of knowledge in the external and internal literature.  In addition to internal work, we encourage continued academic research, and support travel to both internal and external conferences.  

Location and Requirements:

CCR Princeton is in central New Jersey, and there are excellent schools and many enjoyable activities in the area.  We maintain close relations with Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, both of which are nearby.  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.

You must be a US citizen and be able to obtain an appropriate security clearance, which we will sponsor.  Researchers may be able to begin work without a security clearance, performing unclassified or academic work while awaiting clearance.  The start date for this position is flexible.  

Benefits and How to Apply:

CCR Princeton offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including moving expenses, medical and dental insurance, generous 11% contribution towards an employee’s retirement plan, HSA or FSA, life and disability insurance, and an on-site gym.  Our work schedule is extremely flexible and offers a healthy work-life balance with generous vacation time.

To apply, please use and submit a cover letter; an AMS cover sheet; 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 19, 2023, will receive full consideration, but those received after that date will still be accepted.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a fair recruiting process and working environment free from discrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Click here to learn more about IDA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Please submit the following items via for a complete application:
  • Cover Letter;
  • AMS Cover Sheet;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Research Statement; and
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers on
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