Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary
documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.
To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job
If you would like to bookmark this position for later review, click on the
Bookmark link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your
records, click on the Print Preview link.
If the links described above are not visible you are viewing a position
description and the position is not an open job posting.
Bookmark this Posting Print Preview Apply for this Job
Posted with Limited Access No
Limited Access Period Ending Date 08/30/2021
Title Research Associate
Posting Number S01653
Typical Hours Per Week 37.5
Regular, Temporary or Term Regular
If temporary or term, enter anticipated end date
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Hiring Minimum $23.08
Location Middlebury in DC
Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer
screening Criminal Background Check
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is seeking to
appoint a high-caliber, early-career Research Associate to work full-time in
its Washington, DC office, and in particular to assist the Center's projects
on global trade in proliferation-sensitive commodities, sanctions and country-
specific proliferation issues. The position is fixed-term position for at
least 12 months but may be renewed based on available funding. This is a
regular, full-time staff position.
The Research Associate will be responsible for contributing to ongoing
projects, particularly those examining global trade in proliferation-sensitive
commodities, sanctions and country-specific proliferation issues. They will
work closely with senior research staff to conduct original open-source
research and analysis.
To support these programs, the Research Associate will be responsible for
conducting independent research and analysis, to include open source
information collection, assessment, and data analysis.
In order to complement CNS' existing range of foreign language expertise, the
Center is particularly interested in candidates who meet the other criteria
and have a Russian language capability. Consequently, the job holder will also
be responsible for conducting some research using Russian language sources.
The Research Associate also will be responsible for the following tasks:
• Building network models of proliferation trends and activities;
• Assisting with research related to the maritime sanctions implementation as
well as issues surrounding flags of convenience;
• Collection, cleaning, analysis and assessment of open source information and
data including from Russian language sources;
• Liaising with funders, customers, stakeholders and other parties to promote
research findings and ensure policy impact; and,
• Aiding in the dissemination of research findings including by drafting
research papers, reviewing research papers, engaging in social media
dissemination and otherwise presenting the findings of research to the
• Acting as a trainer in practitioner-focused training on topics of relevance
to the role
The Research Associate will also be responsible for assisting in preparing
grant proposals, quarterly reports, and large-scale final reports.
Additionally, they will assist in preparing briefing materials to update
project sponsors and other interested parties and on a case-by-case basis will
be required to interact with project sponsors.
The job holder may be asked to assist with other activities in the CNS-DC
office, including supporting seminars or events as required.
The job holder will have a Master's degree in political sciences,
international relations, history, or a related discipline, or relevant
previous professional experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The job holder should be proficient in data collection and analysis. Python
coding or data science skills and experience are particularly desirable.
Candidates ideally should be a proficient in Russian. Other foreign language
skills are also desirable.
Candidates should also have a demonstrated interest in international security
and non-proliferation issues, either through coursework or professional work
experience. They must be an original thinker, motivated to conduct innovative
research, particularly using primary open sources. They should be a skilled
oral and written communicator, able to organize and synthesize complex and
sometimes technical content.
Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to
deliver research outputs on deadlines. The ideal applicant will also have a
proven ability to manage datasets.
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a
smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and
Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace Act. Position requires light to
moderate physical effort and the ability to work at a computer keyboard for
extended periods of time.
This role may involve international travel in the post-COVID 19 period.
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Recommendation Letter Requirements
Supplemental Questions for Posting
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().