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Research Associate
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Posting Number : S01787

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of the CNS East Asia Program Director, the Research Associate will assist in the operations and implementation of activities tasked to and performed at CNS, as described in the duties below. This is a full-time staff position.

Essential Functions:
(1) Manage and complete nonproliferation deliverables, including those focused around open source intelligence techniques, including articles, 3D models, videos, and educational tutorials.
(2) Hire, train, task, and supervise CNS graduate students, especially in open source techniques.
(3) Pursue training and professional development to grow personal expertise in open source techniques
(4) Review and approve content produced by other students and staff.
(5) Conduct original research and write reports and scholarly articles on nonproliferation for a range of additional CNS grants.
(6) Fulfill time-sensitive and often last-minute research requests as current events and media requests warrant.

General Responsibilities:
Other duties as required.

M.A. degree in political science or international relations, preferably with specialization in nonproliferation and/or international security, or equivalent experience in the field. Previous research experience on WMD nonproliferation topics, with at least introductory experience with open source techniques, desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(1) Introductory-level experience with one or more open source tools in nonproliferation such as geospatial analysis, satellite and ground imagery analysis, 3D modeling, mapping, photogrammetry, and/or video production. Willingness to pursue further open source tools training on-the-job, especially in the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data.
(2) Strong research, writing, analysis, and copy-editing skills, especially in a nonproliferation context.
(3) Capable of multi-tasking and working in a dynamic environment. Organizational and project management skills essential.
(4) Capable of working well with others, especially as a supervisor or team leader.

1 – 2 years of experience nonproliferation-relevant research

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.

Close Date:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment. For more information:

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Middlebury is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, Middlebury recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. Middlebury also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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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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