Job Description

Job Title: Cleared Research Assistant - Technical/Quantitative (Bachelor's level)
Job ID: 4673
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Cleared Research Assistant - Technical/Quantitative  (Bachelor's level)

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

Limited duration position; 3 years

RAND is seeking highly motivated research assistants to work on a variety of national security projects as members of multi-disciplinary research teams addressing complex policy problems. Projects may include science and technology, military logistics, military technology, military communications, and general national security issues. Research Assistants work with teams of experienced researchers, including software developers, engineers, physicists, policy scientists, and economists. Research Assistants' tasks include data collection, preparation and analysis, support to modeling and simulation, computer programming, literature reviews, preparation of draft documents, and presentations and coordination of work among project team members. Research Assistants may travel with project teams and may have the opportunity to co-author reports and journal articles.


Applicants should have U.S. citizenship and excellent research and analysis skills demonstrated in coursework or work experience; solid technical and/or programming skills; familiarity with statistical packages; excellent foreign language skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; and the ability to work effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams. Qualitative research skills such as interviews, focus groups and surveys are also sought.  Applicants must be highly motivated, organized, flexible, and demonstrate a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Education Requirements

BA/BS degree required preferably with a major in engineering, computer science, economics, physics, math, statistics, operations research, or other technical degree. Master's level candidates should look for Project Analyst positions.


Preference given to applicants with:

Security Clearance

May be required for some positions.


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

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