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Senior Research Associate

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Monterey, CA

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Senior Research Associate

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Monterey, CA Campus

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Position Summary:

The Senior Research Associate performs a range of research-related, fundraising, training and education, and project management tasks to support the mission of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). They develop and manage research projects, publish research, and contribute their expertise to CNS’s education and training programs. This is a part-time staff position (up to 20hrs/week) requiring strong research skills, a background in project management, and extensive experience and expertise in both nonproliferation studies and the Middle East region. Expertise in missile proliferation specifically is preferred.

Essential Functions:

• Develop and manage research projects, from the proposal to project implementation stages, particularly in the areas of Middle East nonproliferation and missile nonproliferation. This includes managing complex projects and teams applying a wide range of specialized open source analysis skills to nonproliferation research.
• Maintain, and where necessary develop new relationships with industry, government, and other institutions related to the position’s research portfolio.
• Provide expert media commentary.
• Publish original research and present findings at conferences.
• Lecture at CNS professional development courses, and where appropriate teach/co-teach graduate and undergraduate level courses on nonproliferation.
• Hire, manage, mentor, and train graduate research assistants, interns, and junior staff.

General Responsibilities:

Other duties as required.


M.A. degree in political science or international relations, preferably with a specialization in nonproliferation and/or international security, or equivalent experience in the field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
• Expertise in nonproliferation and Middle East regional studies (as demonstrated by relevant language fluency and research experience). Missile proliferation expertise preferred.
• Knowledge and experience of one or more open source analysis techniques (including foreign language research, special software programs applicable to nonproliferation, or geospatial analysis experience)
• Willingness and ability to adapt to changing technologies and systems.
• Strong project management skills


At least 4-6 years of relevant experience in research and project management. Demonstrated Middle East regional expertise, including fluency in at least one Middle East region language and 4-6 years professional activities or research projects focused on the Middle East region. Experience with open source analytical research desirable (e.g., open source research involving foreign languages, special software programs, or geospatial analytical skills).

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, the ability to work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time, and occasional travel. Remote work options, within the United States, exist for this position.

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Working at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a graduate school of Middlebury College, provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including international policy and management, translation and interpretation, language teaching, sustainable development, and non-proliferation. We prepare students from all over the world to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields through degree programs characterized by immersive and collaborative learning, and opportunities to acquire and apply practical professional skills. Our students are emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and language divides to produce sustainable, equitable solutions to a variety of global challenges.

In 2010, the Institute became a graduate school of Middlebury College. Middlebury is known worldwide for its leadership in undergraduate language instruction and international studies, and features both summer language immersion programs and Schools Abroad in 16 countries and 37 cities around the globe. Middlebury is also home to the oldest environmental studies program in the nation.

Monterey and Middlebury share much more than a common interest in cross-cultural communication and the environment, though—we share a commitment to making a difference in the world, and are building a truly global network of programs for future leaders in areas from translation and interpretation to environmental policy, economic development to language education, conflict resolution to sustainable business.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey offers graduate programs that prepare innovative professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Practical skills, collaborative processes, and innovative approaches are defining features of a Monterey Institute education. The Institute’s unique "Monterey Way" learning model ensures that students are learning through firsthand experiences in more than one language. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey learners are problem solvers and process masters, building sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through our interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.


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