CISSM is Hiring Research Associates in Nuclear Security, Cybersecurity, and U.S.-Russia Relations

February 08, 2018

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) is seeking to hire two research associates to work on projects related to nuclear security, cybersecurity, and U.S.-Russia relations. One research associate would be most directly involved in a project about cooperative strategies to reduce the negative effects that disruptive technologies and interference in domestic politics are having on U.S.-Russian relations, bilaterally and in Europe. The other research associate would be most directly involved in projects to develop and apply a framework for assessing and addressing various types of cyber risks, particularly in the energy sector and other types of critical infrastructure.

CISSM research associates work closely with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, other researchers, and advanced graduate students at the School of Public Policy and at collaborating institutions. They conduct independent policy analysis and contribute to joint projects. They help use CISSM research to energize and inform policy debates through workshops, issue briefs, and other forms of outreach. They may also have opportunities to teach graduate- or undergraduate-level courses and guide students doing experiential learning projects for external clients.

We are especially interested in applicants who have completed, or expect to complete, their Ph.D. by July 1, 2018, including faculty at other institutions who would like to spend a sabbatical year at a major research university in the Washington, D.C., area. We will also consider applicants with an M.A. and substantial additional experience conducting independent policy-oriented research and outreach activities. We would expect the successful candidates to be deeply knowledgeable about aspects of nuclear security, cybersecurity, or U.S.-Russian relations and eager to learn about other aspects of CISSM’s research agenda. The successful candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly self-motivated, and work well with others from a variety of professional and national backgrounds. Grant-writing, conference organization, and/or practical policy experience would be beneficial.

The initial term of this position is one year, with the possibility of extension based on performance, the program’s needs, and the availability of grant funds. The salary range is $45,000 to $60,000 for a twelve-month appointment, plus health care and other standard University of Maryland employee benefits. For best consideration, please send by March 6, 2018, a cover letter indicating how your background and research interests relate to CISSM’s stated needs, along with a C.V., a short writing sample, and names of three references to: Jonas Siegel, Associate Director, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742-1811 or The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.