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Research Analyst


The Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs (SP3) division of CNA is looking for a Research Analyst to join their team. Staff at this level will be leading smaller/less complex activities  or will be serving as an important contributing team member on projects.  Our ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills with training in areas such as research design, statistics, econometrics, psychometrics, qualitative analysis and have applied some combination thereof to research topic.

The SP3 division 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.

CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches. We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission.


1. Education: Minimum Master’s degree in in economics, political science, psychology, public policy, applied mathematics, statistics, data science or history. PhD preferred. 

2. Experience: Typical minimum requirements Ph.D. & 0+ years or Master’s & 2+ years of experience in research and analysis. Area studies experience in any of the following is highly desired - Russia, India, Japan or Korea. Language skills in any of those areas is also highly desired 

3. Skills:

  • 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.
  • Some experience with R, Python, Stata, SPSS or alike is necessary
  • AI/ML experience a big plus

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