Institute for Defense Analyses

Position ID: IDA-CCS2024 [#23584]
Position Title: Research Employment Opportunities – Bowie, MD
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Bowie, Maryland 22311, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2024/01/18 11:59PMhelp popup* (posted 2023/10/20, listed until 2024/02/23)
Position Description:    

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The Center for Computing Sciences (CCS) 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, data science, and engineering. 

CCS and its sister institutions, the Centers for Communications Research in La Jolla and Princeton, 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 scientists 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 and engineering technologies, and many require both. In addition to internal work, we encourage continued academic research, and we support travel to workshops and conferences. Because our staff are expected to manage their own research program, most successful applicants have a Ph.D., but exceptional applicants with other degrees and experience will be considered. 

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 ten-week SCAMPs (Summer Conference on Applied Mathematical Problems) each summer, which bring in graduate students and faculty from academic institutions for collaborative work on focused problems. 

Our Bowie, Maryland, location is conveniently located within easy driving distance from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland. We are only minutes away from DC's prominent historical landmarks and downtown Annapolis, a world-renowned sailing destination and home to the Naval Academy’s famous Blue Angels. Our employees choose to live in a variety of settings, including historic areas in Annapolis, the lively urban neighborhoods of the District of Columbia and Baltimore, nearby suburban and countryside settings, as well as along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. A flexible schedule and available telework make for a great quality of life for our staff. 

U.S. citizenship is required. Employment is contingent on obtaining an appropriate security clearance (which we will sponsor). The start date for this position is flexible. 

Interested individuals should apply via Please submit 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 are reviewed throughout the year. 

CCS 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.

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