Research Associate

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Research Associate

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Middlebury in DC

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Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

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 Chinese (mandarin) language capability. Consequently, the job holder will also be responsible for conducting some research using Chinese 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 Chinese 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 stakeholder community.
• 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.

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.


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 Chinese (mandarin) speaker. 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.

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.

This role may involve international travel in the post-COVID 19 period.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

During the selection process, particular attention will be paid to ensuring the individual can produce written work to a high standard.




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Posted: 1/26/2021
Application Due: 7/26/2021
Work Type: Full Time