Institute for Defense Analyses

Fellowship ID: IDA-PIDAF23 [#23200]
Fellowship Title: Princeton IDA Fellowship
Fellowship Type: Government or industry
Fellowship Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Engineering
Application Deadline: 2023/12/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/25)
Fellowship Description:   URMs  

IDA Fellowship

Center for Communications Research, Princeton

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

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.

The IDA Fellowship Program:

The IDA Fellowship program was established to provide 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 background, experiences, and perspective contribute to their academic and professional pursuits.

About the position:

The IDA Fellow will first perform research as a visiting scholar at a US university and continue their academic research program, while receiving salary and benefits from IDA. This phase is designed to last one year, with the possibility of extending by an additional year, 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, the selected applicant would then join the CCR Princeton research staff. The start date for this position is flexible, but we anticipate that the successful applicant will begin the fellowship by Fall 2024.

About CCR Princeton and the Research Staff Member position:

CCR Princeton has research staff members in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, data science, engineering and related fields. We are a collaborative research institution of self-motivated colleagues who like working on hard problems that are theoretical as well as practical, and that 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.

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.

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. 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.

Location and Requirements:

CCR Princeton is in Central New Jersey, which is a great place to live with excellent schools in the area.  We maintain close relations with Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, both 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.

Desired qualifications: PhD in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, engineering, or related field.

Required qualifications: US citizenship. An appropriate security clearance (which we will sponsor).

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should apply via Please submit the following materials with your application:
• Cover Letter

• Curriculum Vitae

• Research Statement, including a proposal for where you would work as an IDA Fellow and who your mentor would be at that institution

• Personal Statement describing how your background, experiences, and perspective contribute to your academic and professional pursuits; and

• Three Reference Letters from people who can comment on your research contributions, problem solving abilities and potential.
Applications received by December 1, 2023 will receive full consideration.

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.

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