Research Analyst

The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

The Henry L. Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center, seeks a highly-motivated individual to join the team as a full-time Research Analyst for the Nuclear Security Program. 

The Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program works with international organizations, governments, and industry stakeholders to develop strong security measures and practices as the security landscape shifts in ways that could impact the protection of nuclear facilities and materials around the world. The program conducts in-depth research, convenes cross-sector roundtables, and briefs the nuclear security community of Stimson’s analyses and policy recommendations.

The Research Analyst position will manage the nuclear security program’s project on nuclear security governance. The role will require in-depth research on security governance and security culture in a wide range of nuclear facilities; organize cross-sector roundtables to discuss nuclear security topics; prepare summary reports and opinion pieces to promote Stimson research and recommendations and strategize ways to socialize Stimson’s Organizational Governance Template for Nuclear Security within the nuclear community. The Research Analyst also will assist to secure funding for nuclear security-related projects.

The successful candidate will have an MS degree or equivalent and/or a combination of education and professional experience in international security, preferably on nuclear nonproliferation issues. Background in organizational culture/design is a plus. Familiarity with the nuclear fuel cycle and experience interfacing with international organizations, governments, and industry stakeholders should be highlighted in the application.



•   Conceptualize and/or implement research/advocacy projects of assigned areas in national and international security that will expand knowledge, advance debate and impact policy;

•   Monitor, evaluate, and issue briefings about current news and other research developments in the assigned project area;

•   Develop and consistently expand knowledge of project focus and defined area of study;

•   Write occasional papers, commentaries, reports, articles and issue briefs to disseminate research findings and express policy options;

•   Evaluate and suggest areas of new research that can advance project goals and objectives and further the Stimson Center’s mission; and

•   Network with relevant individuals and institutions fostering the exchange of ideas and building issue consensus; act as liaison on project committees, media, and other external audiences.

Project Management

•   Plan activities and products and set priorities for projects. Communicate these priorities effectively, and manage them efficiently;

•   Develop and implement mechanisms to evaluate project progress and ensure timely and high-quality work product;

•   Identify, develop, and cultivate funding sources and prepare substantive content for funding proposals;

•   Provide day-to-day supervision of research staff and interns as may be assigned;

•   Monitor project spending and funding; and

•   Prepare interim and final funding reports.

The above-specified tasks may not be the only duties assigned. Employees will be required to carry out any other job-related instructions requested by their supervisor.

Education and Experience:

•   Master’s Degree in related field with 3-5 years relevant experience or Ph.D. and 0-2 years of experience. 

•   Ability to work independently and to work well collaboratively in a team environment;

•   Superior research and writing skills; ability to verbally articulate ideas in presentations and interviews;

•   Demonstrated ability to handle a large number of ongoing activities, to prioritize accordingly, often under deadline;

•   Personal commitment to, knowledge or, and interest in the substantive work of the program.

Supervisory Responsibility: Project intern(s); research assistants/associates, as may be assigned.

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