IDA – STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

IDA – STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

Institute for Defense Analyses

Overview:

The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, federally funded research and Development center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.

Responsibilities:

Fellows will work with a team of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:

  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from senior staff with extensive policy-related experience
  • Ongoing colloquia series on topics related to S&T policy
  • Attending and presenting at select professional society meetings
Qualifications:

  • This program is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered.
  • Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2015 and July 2017.
  • Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.
  • Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical, self-starting, and able to contribute to and support team efforts.
  • Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Application Materials:

To be considered for this opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process:

  1. Apply through the IDA website at www.IDA.org. (https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=INSTITUTEDA&cws=1&rid=635)
  2. Submit via email to STPI-Fellow@ida.org the following documents:
  • Statement of purpose— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience makes you a good candidate
  • Writing sample—5,000 word maximum
  • Transcripts—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made
  • Two letters of academic recommendations—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to STPI-Fellow@ida.org by the recommender.

3.  Ensure the application and supporting materials are
submitted no later than January 27, 2017.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, genetic characteristic or any other legally protected condition or characteristic.

About Institute for Defense Analyses

 The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates three think tanks supporting federal decision making: two serving the Department of Defense and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. The IDA Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues. Individuals selected for employment at IDA are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U. S. citizenship is required. IDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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