Research Associate

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Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Research Associate

Posting Number:
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time
Regular, Temporary or Term: Term
Anticipated end date: 06/30/2020
Benefits Eligible?: Yes
Hourly/Salaried: Hourly
Hiring Minimum: $23.08/hour
Band/Level: CNS2

Department: James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
Location: Middlebury in DC

Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening: Criminal Background check

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of a Senior Research Associate in the Washington, DC office of CNS, the Research Associate will help contribute substantively to the research, training, and educational activities of the Center and support the implementation of grant awards and associated projects. These activities will include: assisting senior staff in their research and outreach activities; conducting innovative research on nonproliferation-related projects; and, assisting in coordinating project management activities. This is a part-time, limited-term staff position.

Essential Functions:

The Research Associate will be responsible for contributing to ongoing projects, particularly those focusing on using satellite imagery to analyze the fuel cycle facilities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. They will be expected to assist senior staff in their research and outreach activities related to this work. They also will contribute to open source analysis on this topic.

To support this and other projects, 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 carry out independent research on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty-related issues.

The Research Associate will research, implement, and/or contribute to dialogue meetings and outreach activities nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and nuclear security issues.

The Research Associate will assist in editing publications as needed.

General Responsibilities:
Ability to set and maintain high standards for the quality and timeliness of deliverables.

Ability to assist in managing a large project spanning multiple CNS programs and offices. This may include monitoring deliverable schedules, taking the lead on internal project team communications, compiling 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.

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 of at least 2 years working professionally in the field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent analytical, research, writing, and presentation skills.
• Editing experience strongly preferred.
• Proficiency in a foreign language strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge or interest in nonproliferation issues.
• 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 is a plus.
• 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 work experience of at least two years 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.

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.

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply: complete an online application and attach all required documents.

Applicant Document
Required Documents

• Cover Letter
• Resume/C V

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Posted: 5/29/2019
Application Due: 5/29/2031
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