Engineering

RAND Corporation 81 reviews
Washington, DC

RAND Corporation - 30+ days ago

Job Description

Engineering
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. RANDs research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America and Europe, with annual revenues of more than $263 million.

RAND is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. 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
Engineering staff members at RAND bring their technical approach and insights to bear on a wide range of policy problems across RAND's defense, domestic, and international research agendas. These engineers do not conduct theoretical research and rarely specialize in narrow areas; instead, they apply their skills to broader emerging problems at the cutting edge of their fields and apply their insights to critical policy issues. RAND studies often pose novel challenges in analysis, modeling, design, and computing. Examples include space technology, robust communications, modeling and simulation, mathematical programming, game theory, systems analysis, and transportation problems (to name just a few).
Qualifications

All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills, 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.

In addition, senior research positions require the ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, engage with sponsors, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.

Education Requirements
PhD in engineering (you may also apply if you are at the dissertation stage and expect to complete your PhD within 12 months); or MS with thesis in any engineering field (policy-relevant experience desired, but not required).
Specializations of Interest

Aerospace or electrical engineering

Candidates are sought across a broad range of experience levels. Recent experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:
- defense acquisition,
- cyber security and operations,
- recent Army/military service,
- tactical networks,
- modeling and simulation,
- quantitative modeling

Security Clearance
Secret or Top Secret will be required for national security-related opportunities.
Location

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

Positions Open
Multiple

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Pros
  • RAND in Santa Monica is an unbeatable location and working in (in 9 reviews)

  • The organization encourages long term employees and flexible work arrangements (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • RAND has an internal labor market where one must bid onto projects based on semi-formal networking (in 5 reviews)

  • The internal labor market: You have to find work within the company even after you are hired, which can be stressful at times (in 5 reviews)

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