Job Description

Job Title: Engineering
Job ID: 4658
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular



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

Engineering researchers at RAND bring their technical approach and insights to bear on a wide range of policy problems across RAND's defense, domestic, and international research agendas. These engineers do not conduct theoretical research and rarely specialize in narrow areas; instead, they apply their skills to broader emerging problems at the cutting edge of their fields and apply their insights to critical policy issues. RAND studies often pose novel challenges in analysis, modeling, design, and computing. Examples include space technology, robust communications, modeling and simulation, mathematical programming, game theory, systems analysis, and transportation problems (to name just a few).


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 multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

In addition, senior research positions require the ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, engage with sponsors, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.

Education Requirements

PhD in engineering (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 any engineering field (policy-relevant experience desired, but not required).

Specializations of Interest

Aerospace or electrical engineering

Candidates are sought across a broad range of experience levels.  Recent experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

Security Clearance

Secret or Top Secret will be required for national security-related opportunities.


Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position.  Please click on "How to Apply" for further instructions regarding the writing sample.

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