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Research Specialist


Leidos has an immediate need for a professional Research Specialist with a solid understanding of industry research techniques and the Intelligence Community. The Research Specialist will join the IMS Search Team and provide a comprehensive review for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and responses. Collections include a variety of forms: hardcopy, microfilm, and on-line full text database.
Candidates must have an active TS/SCI with polygraph clearance to be considered.

This position is the focal point for providing intelligence reporting and reference services to the entire Intelligence Community (IC).

• Responsible for conducting research and providing assistance in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
• Conduct searches and research based on FOIA requests
• Provide results in accordance with customer guidelines
• Recognize various types of search criteria and protocols
• Work well with members of team and various legal offices
• Manage a classified library and archive documents when appropriate
• Electronically review a subset of newly processed documents, identify potential duplicate documents in the existing document repository
• Review document duplicates and record decisions in the customer’s automated system. The customer will provide training in duplicate document detection processing
• Create memoranda or written reports documenting the results of quality assurance studies and investigations and associated recommendations including remediation


• Active TS/SCI with polygraph clearance
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution plus at least 2 years of experience; Four (4) years of experience (for a total of six (6) or more years) may be substituted for a degree, with a high school diploma
• Strong critical thinking skills
• Ability to learn quickly and work independently
• Strong collaboration and communication
• Willingness to ask questions for clarification
• Strong attention to detail
• Solid ability to navigate and learn new systems
• Technical skills must be solid (not beginning level)
• Ability to work under tight deadlines and keep tasks moving
• Must be proactive
• Ability to provide high quality work performing independently or with minimal supervision (self-starter)
• Must have an understanding of security requirements and be able to adhere to them
• Ability to be flexible and manage multiple competing priorities and adapt to changing work requirements and priorities
• Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team member
• Excellent working knowledge of computer software with an emphasis on research capability
• Excellent at time management and ability to work under pressure
• Experience with data calls and quick reaction tasks
• Experience with FOIA requests and responses
• Ability to communicate effectively with various management levels, proactive experience and approach to delivering high quality services to all stake holders
• Demonstrated experience developing excellent relationships with clients and technical teams
• Ability to interact with all levels of management and support of ongoing daily requests
• Ability to manage and prioritize the day to day activities to support the various projects at hand, effective time management
• General writing skills; analyze information and present in a format that is easy to read and understand, details are important
• Communication skills; ability to clearly organize and effectively convey information verbally and written

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