Job Description

Job Title: Information Scientist
Job ID: 4654
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time:


Information Scientist

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

Information and computer science staff members at RAND bring their technical approach and insights to bear on a wide range of problems across RAND's defense, domestic, and international research agendas. These scientists rarely conduct theoretical research or specialize in narrow areas; instead, they usually apply their skills to broader, emerging problems at the cutting edge of their fields and apply their insights to new areas. RAND projects often pose novel challenges in such areas as analysis; modeling and simulation; information security; privacy; data mining; software engineering, estimating, and costing; applications of artificial intelligence and/or neural networks; and network analysis.


All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.  In addition, senior research positions require demonstrated ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multidisciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, handle significant budget responsibilities, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to senior policymaking audiences.

Education Requirements

PhD in computer or information sciences (you may also apply if you are at the dissertation stage and expect to complete your PhD within 12 months); or MS with thesis in computer or information sciences.

Specializations of Interest


Five to ten years' professional or teaching experience in relevant CS/IS subject areas are desired particularly.

Security Clearance

Able to obtain U.S. government security clearance. Secret or Top Secret may be required for national security-related opportunities.


Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; or Washington DC

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

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