Research Associate

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Posted with Limited Access No Limited Access Period Ending Date Title Research Associate Posting Number S01258 Full-Time/Part-Time Full-time Typical Hours Per Week 37.5 Regular, Temporary or Term Regular If temporary or term, enter anticipated end date Benefits Eligible? Yes Hourly/Salaried Hourly Band/Level CNS2 Hiring Minimum $23.08 Department CNS-WDC Location Monterey, CA Campus Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening Criminal Background Check Position Summary

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Program Director or Senior Research Associate of CNS’ Export Control and Nonproliferation Program, the Research Associate will help contribute substantively to the research, training, and educational activities of the program, support the implementation of grant awards and associated projects, and at times help represent XNP in fund-raising, project activities and strategic communications with sponsors. These activities will include: assisting senior staff in their research and outreach activities related to the implementation of international nonproliferation sanctions; conducting innovative research on export control and nonproliferation-related projects; and, assisting in coordinating XNP-related outreach and educational activities. This is a full-time staff position to be located in either Monterey, CA or in the Center’s Washington, DC. Office.


Essential Functions

The Research Associate will be responsible for contributing to ongoing projects, particularly those focusing on the design and implementation of international sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They will be expected to assist senior staff in their research and outreach activities related to the implementation of sanctions on the DPRK. They will contribute to open source analysis of North Korean procurement networks and the effectiveness of UN sanctions regimes on North Korea.

To support these programs, the Research Associate will be responsible for conducting independent research and analysis, ranging from literature reviews to primary open source information collection and assessment.

The Research Associate will help coordinate and may carry out outreach to several countries around the world, to better assist them in implementing their UN Security Council obligations.

General Responsibilities

The Research Associate will work with a diverse team spanning CNS’ offices in Monterey, CA and Washington, DC. This team examines national and international export control and sanctions efforts, industry compliance, and public-private cooperation in the field.

The Research Associate also may conduct research on other nonproliferation and export control-related topics such as: national-level export control systems; legal-regulatory frameworks; multilateral export control regimes such as the NSG, AG, MTCR and WA; implementation of UNSCR1540; enforcement of export controls and countering illicit WMD-related procurement networks; industry compliance with export controls; the impact of emerging technologies on export controls and nonproliferation; and, on general nonproliferation and nuclear policy issues, especially in East Asia.

In order to complement CNS’ existing range of foreign language expertise, the Center is in particular seeking a Research Associate with working-level proficiency in a language other than English.

The Research Associate also may be responsible for the following tasks: build network models of proliferation trends and activities; assist with research related to international nonproliferation sanctions implementation; help organize multilateral training sessions; and, arrange bilateral in-country meetings with foreign officials.

They will be expected to help manage ongoing projects, including by compiling and managing budgets, coordinating with partner organizations, planning travel, and producing grant-related 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 required to travel internationally.

Other duties as assigned.



M.A. degree in political science, international relations or related area or equivalent experience working professionally in the field. Specialization or coursework in Nonproliferation Studies or Nonproliferation Finance and Export Controls preferred. Proficiency in a foreign language strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge or interest in nonproliferation issues, sanctions, and export controls.

Demonstrated ability to conduct research or analysis both independently, and as part of a team.

Superior written and oral English language communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to work under tight and frequent deadlines, and coordinate project stakeholders towards agreed objectives. The ideal candidate will have some interest in managing and coordinating projects as well.

Demonstrated ability to interpret budgets, and produce clear expenditure reports.

Experience using trade statistics, querying various corporate registries, and maritime tracking databases.

Interest in working on projects that include new analytical methodologies and tools, including analysis of open source data and imagery. Use of imagery analysis tools and GIS tools, such as GoogleEarth, ArcGIS, ERDAS, and ENVI, is a plus. Use of data analysis tools such as Excel, R, and Tableau is also a plus.

Capable of multi-tasking and working in a challenging, intense, and dynamic deadline-oriented environment.

Well-developed presentation skills.

Willingness and ability to adapt to changing technologies and systems.

Willingness and ability to comply with Institute policies, procedures and mandates.


Candidates should have demonstrated two years’ work experience in a relevant field.

They should also have a proven ability to work as part of a team to deliver outputs on deadlines, and a record of effectively assisting project and budget management.

Experience coordinating or liaising with stakeholders abroad would be especially advantageous.

A record of research and publications in the subject area is also desirable.

Familiarity with US export control laws and regulations is a plus.

Physical Demands

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.

Posting Information

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Recommendations

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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/9/2019
    Application Due: 6/12/2019
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