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Analytic Methodologist

Analytic Methodologists develop methods to add rigor to intelligence analysis and collection through statistical, econometric and mathematical assessments; geospatial modeling; or operations research.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $58,070 - $172,500
  • Advanced degree; some offices will accept candidates with a bachelor's
  • Foreign language bonus eligible
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About the Job

As an Analytic Methodologist at CIA, you’ll develop and apply methods to add rigor and precision to intelligence analysis and collection. Methodologists support Agency analysis through statistical, econometric and mathematical assessments; geospatial modeling; or operations research; and communicate findings via a broad range of written intelligence products and briefings.

Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, and analytic tradecraft and management training. You will have an opportunity to develop deep substantive expertise and participate in broadening assignments with other offices in the Agency and across the U.S. Government.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (some offices will accept highly qualified candidates with bachelor’s degrees)
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • Experience in one or more of these fields:
    • Statistics
    • Mathematics
    • Econometrics
    • GIS/remote sensing
    • Operations research
    • Computer or mathematical programming
    • Demography
    • Survey research, design and analysis
    • Gaming
    • Modeling
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in international affairs
  • Awareness of U.S. national security interests
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Strong verbal presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
  • Research experience in international affairs
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Interest in a career that requires regular writing assignments

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A cover letter specifying your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work as an analyst and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Two (2) different writing samples, three to five pages (3-5) each, single-spaced PDF. Submit papers that showcase your writing style, research abilities, and critical thinking skills. Subject matter should focus on your current areas of expertise that relate to your interest in positions at the CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.