Job Description

Job Title: Technical Research Project Analyst
Job ID: 4661
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Technical Research Project Analyst

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

RAND is seeking highly motivated Technical Research Project Analysts to work on multi-disciplinary research teams supporting projects for our national security clients. Project Analysts are expected to work closely with researchers in all disciplines to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to research, analysis and problem solving, and communicate the results of thse analyses to decision-makers.

Under limited supervision, provides an advanced level of research support including execution of key project tasks (e.g., data collection, tool design, or analytic tasks) within an area of substantive training or experience required by the research project; applies a broad range of quantitative and/or qualitative research tools, methods, and skills in order to support complex research activities and/or research administration needs and demonstrates some depth of knowledge in one or more substantive (e.g., defense acquisition, cyber security) or technical (e.g., modeling) areas.


Successful performance requires strong interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment. Team members are expected to be highly reliable and able to work with limited supervision.

Working knowledge of data analysis packages (e.g., SAS, MatLab, Stata, GAMS) is strongly preferred.

Education Requirements

Master’s degree required. Preferred degrees are in quantitative fields such as applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, operations research, and physical sciences. 2 years of experience preferred.

Security Clearance

U.S. Citizenship is preferred in order to obtain a security clearance. Active security clearance is a plus.


Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; or Boston, MA

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively are necessary for all levels of employment in RAND research, and your writing sample is important in the evaluation of your application.

For instructions and guidelines, please click on "How to Apply" and then click “Writing Sample Guidelines”.

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