CNA Corporation

Position ID: 3135-RESEARCH1 [#24303, 582]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: Arlington, Virginia 22201, United States [map] sort by distance
Application Deadline: 2024/04/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/02/09, listed until 2024/04/05)
Position Description:    

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PRIMARY PURPOSE
As part of the Department of the Navy’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), CNA’s Systems, Tactics, and Force Development (STF) division provides analysis for decision-makers to support the development of tactics and employment of forces, the modernization and management of forces, and the establishment of integrated requirements. The division’s four research programs focus on warfare domains: Strike and Air Warfare; Surface Warfare; Undersea Warfare; and Cyber, IT Systems, and Networks.

Our Research Scientists support decision-makers by quantifying naval warfighting capabilities and limitations under realistic employment conditions; developing empirical or theoretical estimates for the performance of fleet systems and platforms; and developing creative solutions to complex tactical and force design challenges that meet military-utility, cost-effectiveness, and modernization requirements.

CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches. We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND/OR DUTIES 
1. Routinely produces analysis on structured and unstructured problems that meets CNA’s quality standards with limited direction and general supervision. Demonstrates ability to develop and apply creative and innovative analytic solutions to complex problems with assistance/support from more senior staff. Shows the ability to synthesize analytic results into a broader context. Can lead complex analytic projects with supervision. Begins to make connections and synthesize ideas across multiple, related studies.

2. Develops and maintains deep, specific institutional knowledge and expertise of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, and issues. Uses that knowledge to support training & mentoring of new staff, to support on-going work, and to support development and shaping of new work for existing clients/ sponsors.

3. Balances responsiveness to guidance with independent action. Contributes productively and harmoniously to the work of others; treats everyone respectfully, professionally and fairly. Independently identifies opportunities for collaboration within team, division, and operating unit. Supports supervisor's initiatives and helps make vision a reality. Recognizes and acknowledges contributions from subordinates.

4. Supports business development efforts and/or marketing activities by interacting with CNA managers and current clients/sponsors on securing follow-on work (e.g., small grants, or above core projects), expanding or developing new ideas for future projects, and occasionally working with potential clients/sponsors on developing new project ideas. Occasionally serves as internal reviewer of technical proposals.

5. Interacts regularly and independently with clients/sponsors and related parties. Typical interactions are at the "peer equivalent" level, but some level of interaction at senior level. Can effectively represent CNA as an organization.

6. Influences decisions by sponsors/ clients; provide sponsors/clients with implementable recommendations. Occasionally supports efforts to enhance CNA's reputation via publishing and outreach activities.

7. Demonstrates strong and effective communications skills, to include ability to summarize and synthesize larger pieces of work into effective executive summaries/executive briefings. Can effectively present work to more senior and larger audiences. Effectively communicates with & engages colleagues at all levels of the organization.

8. Works under limited direction and general supervision from division management. Can lead projects of low to medium size and/or complexity, as well as significant tasks on large or more complex projects. Effectively manages all aspects of assigned projects, to include delivery of high-quality analytic products on-time, and on-budget.

9. Plays a supporting role in the mentoring and training of new staff individually or as a member of a project team. Regularly demonstrates initiative in pursuing improvements in the quality of our projects and analytic products. Participates in corporate initiatives when asked to do so, and makes contributions to initiatives focused on making CNA a better place to work.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS 
1. Education: Minimum Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, PhD preferred.

2. Experience: Typical minimum requirements 5+ years of experience in research and analysis. 

3. Skills: Ability to work on progressively more difficult projects/analyses, including directing portions of large research projects or small to medium projects under general supervision; Ability to operate independently and proactively in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal skills; Strong and effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact directly and effectively with clients and influence their decisions.

4. Working Environment: The STF Division conducts mostly classified work that must be done at CNA’s facility in Arlington, VA. However, in those situations where analysts are working on unclassified parts of a classified study or on a study that is not classified, we offer a hybrid working environment that allows analysts to work off-site (typically from home). Some amount of travel is expected to meet with clients and sponsors outside of the greater Washington, DC area.

5. Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance; TS/SCI Clearance eligibility is preferrable. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
1.  Resume or CV.

2. Cover letter - Please upload a cover letter as part of your application that introduces yourself, summarizes your relevant skills and experiences, and describes why you would be a valuable asset to CNA’s STF Division.

3. Writing Sample - Please upload a research paper or journal article that demonstrates your writing and research skills (draft copies are acceptable).

Optional Documents
1. Transcripts (highly desired) - In a later stage of the hiring process, we may require your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. To have them considered as part of your application now, please upload them with your resume or CV.

2. Letters of recommendations (highly desired) – In a later stage of the hiring process, we may require letters of recommendation or professional references for us to contact.

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Contact: Mary Topper
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