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Associate Fellow - Project on Nuclear Issues

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

CSIS is seeking a full-time Associate Fellow to join the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) to contribute to PONI’s mission of developing the next generation of nuclear experts and leading cutting-edge research on a range of nuclear issues. The Associate Fellow will be primarily responsible for research on nuclear arms control, deterrence, and disarmament. The ideal candidate has extensive knowledge of U.S. allies’ nuclear backgrounds. The candidate will also manage the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues. The candidate reports to Heather Williams, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Fellow, International Security Program.

The salary range for this position is between $65,000 and $85,000. Final salary is competitive and based on candidate’s qualifications and skillset.

Essential functions and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following

  • Supports the program’s research agenda through research and writing, particularly on nuclear arms control, deterrence, and disarmament;
  • Monitors relevant trends and developments of U.S. allies for how they impact program interest areas;
  • Has in-depth subject matter expertise related to U.S. allies’ nuclear backgrounds, including knowledge on arms control stances and deterrence postures;
  • Assists with layout, editing, dissemination, and promotion of publications;
  • Manages the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues, including research support.
  • This position will require 1-2 international trips a year.


  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred,
  • Strong knowledge, interest, and experience on nuclear weapons issues
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently;
  • Superior writing and analytical skills;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team;
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Performances of duties require the use of hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page writing sample related to nuclear weapons issues to