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Research Assistant - Air Force Studies Board

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Div on Engineering & Physical Sciences
Job Req #: 170228-8
Basic Requirements: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent knowledge, and four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree. Ability to obtain a security clearance.


The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is broadly concerned with expanding basic knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering and applying science and engineering disciplines in the service of humankind. DEPS works to ensure the effective application and progress of its science and engineering disciplines to provide timely scientific and technological advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions, and the public in an effort to address problems of national and international significance.


Since 1996, the Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) has served as a convening venue for the discussion of a diverse set of topics of importance to the U.S. Air Force. In collaboration with Air Force leadership, the board develops various program activities related to the development and application of science and technology within the Air Force. These activities involve convening leading experts to participate in consensus studies, workshops, roundtables and expert meetings. Recently, these studies have addressed strategic topics on experimentation and prototyping, defending against hypersonic weapons, and assuring the future scientific and technical qualifications of Air Force acquisition personnel.




The Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant with background in qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis to join our staff in support of new and ongoing activities related to the United States Air Force. The Research Assistant is an integral part of the team and will provide support across several different projects including major studies, workshops, and various seminars conference activities. 


Key attributes of the Research Assistant is the ability to be flexible, adaptable and to be able to solve intellectual problems through selection and application of commonly used rules, procedures, and precedents. Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies’ departments, and external parties of the National Academies through effective communication. 


The Research Assistant will be required to work both independently and under direct supervision from senior staff. The Research Assistant will perform a number of basic research and logistical functions and activities in support of research and program staff. These functions include background research, data retrieval and entry, and the development of reports, graphics, and databases. In addition the Research Assistant will provide writing support to program/research staff in and assist in drafting, editing, compiling, and formatting reports, meeting notes, and derivative products. The research assistant will also ensure any databases are up to date and in compliance with organizational policies and provide administrative and logistical duties related to projects as needed.

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