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Job #: R-00018389-OTHLOC-PL-2D1715
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Intel
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense


Job Requisition:

Research Analyst

Job Description:

The Political Instability Task Force (PITF) currently has an opening for a Research Analyst to work in our Chantilly, VA office.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in a flexible environment with a small team engaged in evaluating, designing, executing, and presenting rigorous analysis to help forecast civil wars, mass atrocities, and other forms of regime-threatening instability.  The Research Analyst will assist the Program Manager/Research Director in a variety of research tasks as well as identify new research and methodologies by reaching out to the academic community. When a new issue is presented by the client, the Research Analyst may be asked to prepare a literature review on the topic as a first step in identifying the appropriate scholars as well as the underlying issues of importance and potential methodologies.  

PITF also holds several conferences and technical exchanges each year where academics present their work.  The Research Analyst will help with the logistics of these conferences and act as note taker where appropriate.  

The Research Analyst is expected to spend 5-10 hours each week at the government site organizing data and research.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify, approach, and engage subject matter experts in a variety of social science disciplines.
  • Assist Program Manager/Research Director in performing substantive research tasks. 
  • Identify relevant emerging research and methodologies.
  • Provide logistical support for conferences and technical exchanges.
  • Prepare academic literature reviews.
  • Prepare summaries of instability events.
  • Provide on-site support (20%) to the government team as required.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Requires a BA degree and 2 – 4 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with less than 2 years of prior relevant experience.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a social science field with 2+ years experience in applied social science research.  Coursework or experience in quantitative analysis and conducting literature reviews.  
  • Excellent analytic, writing, and communication skills.  
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and adjust to changing priorities. 
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn new techniques. 
  • Experience with MS Office Suite. 
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain TS/SCI with poly.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Political Science.  
  • Experience working with databases in the social sciences.  
  • Experience interacting with clients in the IC. 
  • Experience with Tableau. 
  • Current TS/SCI with poly.

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Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph


Yes, 10% of the time

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