Website RANDCorporation RAND Corporation

Job Type: Regular

Position description

RAND advises a variety of national security clients, including a wide array of DoD organizations, U.S. allies and partners, and foundations, on policy-level decisions relating to security, intelligence and military policy. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, RAND Policy Researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers. For this position, RAND is seeking to hire an expert in defense and security issues. Responsibilities include formulating project ideas and working with potential project sponsors to gain support, leading research and providing strategic and tactical advice and recommendations to senior leaders, including in the Department of Defense.


Defense and Security Researchers should have extensive knowledge of, and demonstrable ability to, analyze security and military policies through experience in government, academic, or policy research settings. Their record should demonstrate strong research and analysis capabilities, deep knowledge of the policy environment, excellent strategic leadership and organizational management capabilities, and the ability to provide intellectual leadership for defense and security-related policy research.

All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills, and 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. Senior positions require the ability to develop new project ideas and gain support from potential sponsors, mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.

Education Requirements

Ph.D., or Master’s degree with 10 years of relevant research experience, in one of the social or physical sciences or other discipline closely related to the topics outlined in the Position Description above.


Experience in one of the following areas is strongly preferred: gaming, security cooperation, force development.

Security Clearance

U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. An active Secret or interim Secret clearance is preferred.

Writing Sample Required

Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.


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

Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet

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