Job Description

Job Title: Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Policy Analyst
Job ID: 4662
Location: Washington, DC
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.

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Position Description

RAND seeks highly qualified signals intelligence (SIGINT) analysts. It is anticipated that these analysts will conduct work within RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center, including conducting research to support and provide strategic and conceptual guidance to Intelligence Community leaders. Preferred candidates will have extensive SIGINT knowledge and professional experience.

The analyst will conduct novel and systematic analyses of the tasking, collecting, exploiting, and disseminating of information from ISR satellite assets, and particularly SIGINT. Tasks may include: data assembly and analysis; simulation modeling and computer programming; literature reviews; phone and/or in-person interviews, and focus group participation; preparation of draft documents and presentations; and coordination of work among project team members. Current areas of research include acquisition and technology; organizational management; force employment and modernization of ISR capabilities.

RAND’s reputation for high quality, objective analysis is built upon a cadre of experts with advanced degrees and experience in government and the private sector.  Multidisciplinary research is a key component of RAND analysis and applicants should have demonstrated the ability to successfully team across disciplines and on a variety of topics.


Preference will be given to applicants with experience in designing or evaluating SIGINT systems and operations.

Senior researchers should have demonstrated the ability to 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 senior officials, and mentor junior staff members.

Education Requirements

Preferred candidates will have the following academic training:  M.Eng., MS or PhD in mathematics, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering or another field with strong empirical and/or modeling skills. 


At least five years of SIGINT experience, either in the defense or intelligence communities.

Security Clearance

This position requires TS/SCI security clearance; active TS/SCI preferred.


Washington DC strongly preferred; Pittsburgh, PA, Santa Monica, CA, and Boston, MA considered.

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