JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Department of Defense

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Office of the Secretary of Defense
Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
Economist / Operations Research Analyst

JOE ID Number: 2022-02_111469607
Date Posted: 09/06/2022
Date Inactive: 01/31/2023
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Economist / Operations Research Analyst
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
D -- Microeconomics
F5 -- International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
H -- Public Economics
H5 -- National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
I1 -- Health
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
National security
Applied microeconomics
Salary Range: Starting at $89,834 - $138,868 depending on experience
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) is seeking applicants with, or nearing completion of, a Ph.D. in Economics or similarly quantitative field.

CAPE conducts objective analyses for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the full spectrum of DoD programs. We are part think tank, part consulting firm, and part investigative agency. Our analysts come from various academic backgrounds but all work together with the broad job title of “Operations Research Analyst.”

CAPE work is dynamic, quantitative, and impactful. As a CAPE analyst, you’ll conduct data and policy analysis spanning health, labor, public, and other applied economics topics, so you should have a desire to acquire knowledge beyond your expertise. You will have the opportunity to brief senior DoD leaders, so excellent communication skills are essential. You will also: work in a team-based environment; have opportunities for travel and professional development; and have access to the many Pentagon amenities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and retain a TS or TS/SCI security clearance.

CAPE is an equal opportunity employer and strives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.

To learn more about CAPE and this position, visit

We will conduct virtual informational interviews between January 2-5.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 11/15/2022
Reference Instructions:
Letters of recommendation should be submitted by faculty or designated staff to with the subject line “LOR – [Applicant First and Last Name]”.
Application Instructions:
Required application materials:
• CV (please note U.S. citizenship)
• One research paper (e.g., JMP)
• Graduate/undergraduate transcripts
• 3 recommendation letters (see “Reference Instructions”)
• Cover letter or statement of interest, addressing in no more than one page:
- Why are you interested in working for the federal government, DoD, or CAPE?
- What skills (including soft skills) and experiences make you a good fit for this position?

Please submit these to with subject line “Application – First and Last Name” and label each file “Last name_file” (e.g., Smith_CV).

To be considered, you must also complete the Assessment Questionnaire at:

and apply through the official post at:

Applications missing any of the required documents/survey or submitted after 15 November 2022 will not be reviewed.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Dual citizens might be required to relinquish foreign citizenship in order to receive a clearance.