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Overview of RAND
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. RAND has eight offices on three continents and RAND research teams work with government, corporate, and foundation clients domestically and internationally to advance informed decision making across a broad spectrum of policy areas.
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).
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.
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
Secret or Top Secret will be required for national security-related opportunities.