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Research Assistant - Board on Army Research and Development

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Div on Engineering & Physical Sciences
Job Req #: 180042-8
Basic Requirements: High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent knowledge, and four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications: B.A./B.S. in a related field.


**Selected candidate must be have or be willing to obtain a TS/SCI 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 mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.


DEPS seeks to assess the role of science and technology in important public policy issues and to advance science and engineering, identifying needed research as well as improvements in data and research methods. In these ways, it fosters better science and technology and their use to support decisions on public policies and programs.


The Board on Army Research and Development (BOARD) serves as a convening authority for the discussion of emerging science and technology topics of interest to the US Army.  The board provides a forum for identifying emerging science to foster invention, innovation and demonstration of technologies that will enable future force capabilities for the US Army. The board develops and executes various National Academies activities including bringing together leading scientific experts to participate in consensus studies, workshops, roundtables and forums.




The Research Assistant for the Research Program Review and Analysis Committee Task (RPAC) for the Board on Army Research and Technology (BOARD) performs a number of basic research functions and activities that facilitate the research efforts of staff researchers. Conducts searches and compiles information or data, and may assist in analyzing basic research results. Tasks may include data entry and extraction, data conversion, manipulation, retrieval, editing, documentation, and formatting charts, graphic displays and tables. Updates and maintains databases. Assists with administrative duties related to programs/projects.  Under the guidance of more experienced staff, this entry-level research job performs basic program research and writing in support of assigned program(s)/project(s). Some tasks may be complex, but most decision-making can be made within pre-determined approaches. Incumbent may perform related administrative and clerical tasks, but the primary focus of the job is providing research support.


The Research Assistant conducts database, website, and literature searches in various national/international publications to identify articles and other information that may provide pertinent data in support of programs/projects. Researches, compiles, and organizes journal articles and other research materials. Verifies references noted by committee members. Collects bibliographic, statistical, and other information and incorporates pertinent information into project’s bibliographic and reference files. 




1. Updates and maintains databases and files pertaining to programs/projects. Maintains email and distribution lists.


2. Researches and organizes information about committee member candidates, speakers and forum members.


3. Attends and participates in meetings and workshops.


4. Performs fact and reference checking for reports. Inputs edits into report drafts. Creates reference lists, bibliographies, figures, graphics, and tables for reports. Formats figures and tables.


5. May ensure Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Governing Board Executive Committee (GBEC) compliance. Ensures Current Projects System (CPS) is posted and updated in a timely manner, the Public Access File is maintained, and documents are properly archived.


6. May perform related administrative duties including meeting planning, coordinating travel arrangements, organizing materials for meetings, and corresponding with committee members.


7. May participate in report dissemination activities.


8. May serve as a mentor or resource to support staff.




Ability to solve intellectual problems through selection and application of commonly used rules, procedures, and precedents. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Good communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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