Senior Research Assistant - NSWG

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Location
    Foggy Bottom, Maryland
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 15

Position description

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The Nuclear Security Working Group (NSWG) is a bipartisan group of senior foreign policy experts working behind the scenes to building consensus on pressing nuclear security issues and promote bipartisan discourse about reducing nuclear dangers. 
The NSWG’s core missions include
• Promote bi-partisan understanding of and cooperation on critical nuclear security issues;
• Contribute substantively to the body of open source information available about nuclear security;
• Highlight the benefits of nuclear diplomacy to U.S. national security.

The NSWG currently seeks a Senior Research Assistant to assist research on U.S. nuclear strategy, U.S.-China nuclear relations and related topics. Based at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs the Senior Research Assistant will support the NSWG Director and a collaborative team to run the operations of the NSWG. The Senior Research Assistant will be involved in all stages of research as well as day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Specific duties and tasks include:
• Works collaboratively with senior experts in nuclear strategy, military operations, and US nuclear policy, etc. to solicit, develop, and deliver research products in a timely fashion.
• Collaborates with colleagues to answer questions and provide assistance to the principal investigator and research consultants.
• Provides research support and written products for the PI and other research group participants on short notice.
• Ensures effective communication between all stakeholders, and coordinates any events or meetings relevant to the projects.
• Assists with the implementation and administration of the research projects including funding proposals, meeting plans, and generating deliverables on deadline.
• Oversees research budgets and preparation of funding proposals
• Maintains documents and files for all aspects of the projects.
• Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

A BA/BS in related discipline and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.


Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization is preferred but not required.
• Experience in Washington policy settings and demonstrated ability to interact with senior experts and work on a team.
• Background in nuclear security with working knowledge of US nuclear posture and operations. 
• Ability to adapt to flexible hours, be proactive in solving challenges, and work with minimum supervision.

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