RQN054 – ISR Research Analyst

Posted 1 month ago

Position Summary:

The ISR Research Analyst will perform thorough research and analyses on open source and customer-provided data to extract meaningful information in support of the customer’s mission goals. Primary responsibilities include collecting, processing, and analyzing technical data, searching and applying information from the primary scientific literature, developing clear visualizations of the data (graphs, tables, etc.), identifying emerging technologies, and composing clear and concise draft technical reports to support U.S. government customers.

Required Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the sciences or engineering, though any individual with the necessary skills and a passion for research and analysis is encouraged to apply.
  • Experience conducting scientific literature research, compiling results, and drawing conclusions from the corpus of information.
  • Experience searching major science and technology magazines, blogs, and other open source periodicals keeping abreast of the emergence and use of new technologies.
  • Experience manipulating large datasets such as writing scripts/macros for spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrable critical and creative thinking abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team contributor with a mission focus and emphasis on service, integrity, and excellence.


Desired Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • 3-5 years of post-education experience.
  • Expertise in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies, strategies and/or operations.
  • Experience working in or with the U.S. Department of Defense or other agency responsible for national security.
  • Experience conducting or assisting in original scientific research.
  • Experience analyzing science, technology, and innovation using scientometrics or intellectual property analytics methodologies.
  • Experience organizing or leading small groups in a structured environment (e.g. workshops, seminars, or journal clubs).
  • Prior experience working within a fast-paced cross-discipline corporate environment.
  • Record of innovation and creative problem solving with an entrepreneurial mindset.


The duties of this position shall include, but are not necessarily limited to (and not listed in priority order):

  • Participate in the design, planning and execution of complex research projects to support science and technology analysis and forecasting.
  • Conduct comprehensive research on select science and technology topics using openly available data sources.
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of emerging technologies across scientific and engineering domains.
  • Compile and interpret complex technical content for customers and stakeholders.
  • Communicate research findings via draft technical reports using a variety of visualizations.
  • Conduct technical reviews of reports and presentation material for structure, accuracy, consistency, and appropriateness of content.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation:

The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) provides unique access to the broad and rich research enterprise found at Virginia Tech. VT-ARC forms multi-disciplinary teams to apply innovative solutions to the real-world problems that strain our social, political, industrial, and economic foundations. Specializing in the identification and use of fundamental research, VT-ARC performs contract R&D on larger scale problems and at technology readiness levels beyond those generally addressed by academia.  VT-ARC combines significant technical expertise with program management skills to deliver robust solutions on schedule and on budget.

Position Title: ISR Research Analyst

Position Requisition Number: RQN054

Primary Work Location: Arlington, Virginia – this position does not qualify for long-term mobile/remote work or telework.

Special Work Conditions: Periodic travel to Blacksburg, Virginia.  Possible travel to other CONUS locations.  Occasional work outside of corporate core business hours.

Security: Minimum of SECRET clearance required for this position. Top Secret SCI strongly preferred.

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, or disability.

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