Research Fellowship

The Institute for Science and International Security, a Capitol Hill-based non-profit research organization concerned with nuclear arms reduction and non-proliferation, seeks a qualified graduate student research fellow for a six-month position beginning in early- to mid-July and lasting until early- to mid-January 2017.  The position may be extendable for up to four or five months.  The research fellow will collect and assess research and information on all countries worldwide for an index which will rank them according to how they are doing at preventing nuclear/WMD commodity trafficking – or the Peddling Peril Index (PPI).  The position requires advanced research, writing, and communication capabilities.  It is stipended.  This is an opportunity to conduct major published research for a large grant-funded project. 

Since our inception in 1993, the Institute has produced award-winning and internationally recognized assessments of secret nuclear weapons programs in Iran, Syria, Iraq, North Korea, South Africa and elsewhere. We have compiled comprehensive estimates of global stocks of nuclear explosive materials, and continue to seek a global production cutoff of these materials for weapons. We have also provided critical information in support of efforts to reduce the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production complex, to make nuclear programs more transparent, to end nuclear testing, and to prevent the future development of new types of nuclear weapons by all countries.  We seek to prevent or reverse the spread of nuclear weapons capabilities to additional nations or terrorist groups and make recommendations to curb global trafficking in nuclear commodities.


• Qualified applicants should have strong research and information gathering abilities.
• Strong analytical abilities are required. 
• Should have advanced writing capabilities in the field of international relations, international law, or international economics, and an interest in gaining experience in the nuclear nonproliferation field. 
• Previous work in nuclear nonproliferation and interest in the technical side of nonproliferation are ideal and prior experience working on nuclear commodity trafficking issues would be extremely helpful. 
• As such, prior intern or job experience is required and must demonstrate an ability to manage own time, produce and report timely results, and identify next project steps. 
• Applicants should have ability to provide briefings to small audiences and communicate results. 
• Applicants should also have a working knowledge of Windows-based software, including Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
Tasks Include: Conducting open source, web-based research for information about government regulatory efforts to prevent nuclear/WMD trafficking; compiling information into spreadsheets and databases; refining criteria and developing new criteria for evaluating country efforts; meeting and asking questions of government representatives in the Washington, DC area; working and communicating with senior consultants on the project; briefing participants of small Institute expert workshops on the status of the project and current findings; and use of analytical capabilities to help place countries in light to dark categories for anti-nuclear/WMD trafficking efforts.  May include additional tasks not yet identified as project progresses.

Management: The fellow will report to the Institute president and senior policy analyst and will undergo initial training from an outgoing research fellow throughout the months of July and August.  The outgoing fellow plans to stay engaged in the project and assist with research tasks and workshops and will thus be available for advising the new fellow. 
Hours and Pay: Near full-time preferred (ideal hours are 9 AM-3 PM).  Six months’ commitment is required.  The position will pay $1,000 per month.

To Apply: Send cover letter (which must indicate candidate’s qualifications as described above and interest in nonproliferation), resume (including the phone numbers or email addresses of three references), and unofficial undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts to the Institute at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If unable to email (preferred method), you may also mail these materials to:

Institute for Science and International Security - Internships
440 First Street NW
Washington D.C. 20001

The priority deadline for applications to the Research Fellow position is July 1, 2016.  We will continue to evaluate applications as needed until July 15.

For more information, contact the Institute at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). No phone calls, please.

*The Institute for Science and International Security is an equal opportunity employer.*