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Assistant Research Scholar, International Security Policy  

Review of applications will begin September 1, 2020 and continue until position is filled.

CISSM is a multi-disciplinary unit in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. CISSM consistently ranks among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world. Its faculty, research associates, and students work together to advance knowledge, inform public debates, and improve policy outcomes. CISSM has long been at the forefront of efforts to help government agencies, private companies, and civil society groups from many different countries cooperate on shared security challenges despite their differences. 

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 60 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars.

Position Summary

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) invites applications for an Assistant Research Scholar to work with the CISSM Director and other faculty on two current research, education, and outreach projects and other center activities.

The first project looks broadly at sources of instability in the U.S.-Russia security relationship. These include the renewed emphasis on ‘great power competition’ with China added to the mix; the deterioration of formal arms control and informal confidence-building arrangements designed to reduce nuclear risks and increase crisis stability; the development of new types of nuclear weapons and more confrontational nuclear doctrine; the complications caused by advances in cyber, space, and precision-conventional capabilities; and concerns about interference in domestic politics as a form of strategic competition. This project includes regular interactions on-line and in-person with security policy experts and students from Russia.

The second is focused on opportunities and challenges associated with using strategic trade controls to reduce security risks associated with emerging technologies. This project includes opportunities to interact with a variety of stakeholder groups in the United States and allied countries.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to carry out in-depth original research on complex security challenges. They must have a solid understanding of the broad range of issues shaping US-Russia security relations, and interest in other topics on CISSM’s research agenda. They should be motivated to use academic research to inform U.S. policy debates and improve global security. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required to be hired as an Assistant Research Scholar, but outstanding candidates with an M.A., M.S., or J.D. and at least three years’ of relevant research experience could be hired with a different job title. The successful candidate will have excellent research, writing, organizational, communication and inter-cultural skills. They will work well independently and with others, take initiative, and value being part of a diverse, respectful, and inclusive community.

Additional information 

The initial term for this position is one year, renewable by mutual agreement pending availability of funds. The salary range is $55,000-$90,000, depending on experience, skills, and pay equity.

Applications should be sent to Francesca Perry at: fperry1@umd.edu. Applicants should provide a personal statement detailing how their interests, qualifications, and accomplishments could advance CISSM’s work on US-Russia relations, strategic trade controls, and other topics. They should also include a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for 3-5 references.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Nancy Gallagher, CISSM Director, at ngallag@umd.edu.

Diversity statement

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply 

Assistant Research Scholar/Professor, Cybersecurity

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 41,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 60 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars.

The Maryland Global Initiative for Cybersecurity (MaGIC) promotes and coordinates efforts across the University of Maryland (UMD) to expand its cyber education, research, and development activities. MaGIC brings together students, faculty, and corporate and government partners to develop and deploy innovative approaches to cybersecurity. It encourages cooperation between academia and the private sector to foster research, enhance educational opportunities, and drive practical applications. MaGIC works with government agencies, both domestic and international, to cultivate research opportunities, funding, and cybersecurity technical capacity across the global community.

The Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach unit based in the School of Public Policy (SPP).  CISSM consistently ranks among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world, and U.S. News and World Reports ranks the School at having the best security policy graduate program in the Washington, DC region. CISSM’s faculty, research associates, and students work together to advance knowledge, inform public debates, and reduce risks that flow from the use of powerful technologies by state and non-state actors around the world. It has developed an innovative framework for assessing cyber risks to help policymakers and organizational leaders set priorities and make strategic decisions.  CISSM invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Research Scholar or Professor level to start in fall 2019.

Position Summary

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to join a team of international security experts who are developing and applying the CISSM cyber risk assessment framework to a range of policy challenges. Current projects include intersections between cyber and nuclear risks; applications to transportation, energy, and financial critical infrastructure sectors; and dilemmas related to information-sharing, cyber norms and confidence-building measures, cyber deterrence and “forward defense.”  

The ideal candidate will combine substantive expertise in the underlying technology and policy issues. Knowledge of the dynamics and systems underpinning cybersecurity decision making gained through research and/or practical experience is of considerable interest. She or he will excel at analyzing multiple dimensions of complex problems that involve value trade-offs and cultural differences among stakeholder communities and across nations with a mix of common and competing interests. She or he will also have experience completing major independent research projects and communicating research results to academic, practitioner, and policy audiences. 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.

Depending on the successful candidate’s interests and the needs of the School of Public Policy, MaGIC, and other units on campus, there may also be opportunities to teach in the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and/or Executive education programs. 

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in a relevant field. Outstanding candidates with an M.A., M.S., or J.D. and at least three years’ of relevant experience could also be considered.

Additional information 

The initial term for this position is one year, renewable by mutual agreement pending availability of funds. Applications should include a personal statement detailing how the applicant’s interests, qualifications, and accomplishments could advance CISSM’s work on cyber risk assessment and the broader objectives of the Maryland Global Initiative on Cybersecurity. They should also include a Curriculum Vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for 3-5 references.

Applications should be submitted to Nancy Gallagher at: ngallag@umd.edu. The search will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. 

Further information about CISSM can be found at: www.cissm.umd.edu. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Nancy Gallagher, CISSM Director, at ngallag@umd.edu or Dr. Charles Harry, Director of Operations at the Maryland Global Initiative in Cybersecurity and an Associate Research Professor at CISSM, at: charry@umd.edu.

Diversity statement

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply 

CISSM has limited space to host visiting scholars whose research interests coincide with current projects at the center and who have their own source of financial support. Whenever possible, applications for the coming academic year should be made no later than the end of February. For best consideration, applications for semester-long or summer visits should be made at least four months in advance. When individual circumstances necessitate an earlier decision or a different length of stay, we will respond to the best of our own time and space constraints. Applications should include a letter of inquiry, a research proposal directly related to at least one current CISSM project, and a curriculum vita.

Please send materials to:

CISSM Director Nancy Gallagher
Email: ngallag@umd.edu