Research Analyst

  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 06

Position description

CSS supports the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as other DOD sponsors by providing regional expertise and analyses, political-military studies, and U.S. strategy and force assessments. Our research approach anticipates a broad scope of plausible outcomes assessing today’s issues, analyzing trends, and identifying “the issue after next,” using the unique operational and policy expertise of its analysts.

The successful candidate will serve as an important contributing team member on projects or lead smaller/less complex activities while demonstrating analytical competence.

1 Develop sound analytic frameworks and associated analytic methodologies/ techniques for addressing both structured and unstructured problems. Consistently produce high quality analysis.

2 Develop and maintain broad, general institutional knowledge of primary clients/sponsors; their culture, organization, and issues.

3 Support business development efforts and/or marketing activities by maintaining strong client relationships through high quality work, increasing the visibility of our work, and other related activities such as proposal preparation.

4 Interact with sponsors/clients under the supervision of an experienced colleague, and with study POCs independently.

5 Make significant contributions to research publications and analytic products for individual projects.

6 Communicate results of work in a clear and concise fashion. Effectively communicate one-on-one and in groups. Document work efficiently and accurately. Effectively present work to colleagues, sponsors, and small audiences that are familiar with content.

7 Work with minimal or no guidance on focused, well-structured pieces of projects. Work under closer supervision on more complex, less-structured tasks. Serve as task lead for pieces of projects by managing own activities. May lead small projects under the supervision of an RTL/CMD.

8 Exhibit a positive attitude in interactions with colleagues and clients/sponsors. Provide clear guidance to colleagues on tasks. Take responsibility for own actions and outcomes.

9 Perform other duties as assigned.


1 Education: Minimum Master’s degree in international relations, strategic studies or a related field. PhD preferred.

2 Experience: Typical minimum requirements Ph.D. & 0+ years or Master’s & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis.

3 Skills: Broad, working knowledge of security and strategic studies research and literature.  Familiarity with defense policy, long-term strategic analysis, net assessments, nuclear/conventional deterrence, and escalation dynamics. Ability to make significant contributions to projects/analyses; Strong analytic curiosity/ creativity; Ability to operate independently in the execution of assignments; Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment; Strong critical thinking skills; Knowledge of research techniques; Strong planning and organizational skills; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to interact positively and somewhat independently with clients.

4 Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance.

5 Required Documents: Use the “Resume Attachments” section to upload: 1) Copies of transcripts from all schools attended (unofficial copies are sufficient); 2) Any writing sample(s) that best exemplifies your written work (i.e., post-conference writings, publications, etc.).

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