Nonproliferation Policy Specialist

Argonne National Laboratory
  • Location
    Lemon, Illinois
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

Argonne’s Center for Strategic Security (CSS) develops and implements practical approaches and technical solutions to address severe threats to national and global security. Such threats include weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, WMD-related terrorism, insider threats, foreign acquisition of advanced U.S. weapons-related equipment and technology, sophisticated cyber-attacks, infectious disease, compromised critical materials, and supply-chain vulnerabilities, among others. CSS recognizes that strategic security requires ongoing actions to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate threats, prepare for attacks, and prevent harm. CSS provides technical advisory services, policy implementation support, and security solutions for sponsors such as the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and State, as well as the Intelligence Community.

We are currently seeking a Nonproliferation Policy Specialist. You will be responsible in providing policy expertise and support to Division programs in areas related to national security and nonproliferation of WMD-related technologies.

In this position, you will also:

  • Provide project implementation, research, and analysis support for international nonproliferation engagement and capacity building programs
  • Assist in facilitating and coordinating trainings, meetings and projects in foreign countries as assigned


  • Knowledge of U.S. and international nonproliferation and export control policies and regimes
  • Experience handling logistics for international meetings
  • Background in international relations or foreign affairs
  • Knowledge of foreign protocol
  • Skills on PC systems using word processing, presentation, and other typical office software applications
  • Organizational skills and the ability to solve problems independently
  • Oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in a WMD-related technical area (e.g., biology, chemistry or nuclear engineering) preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Russian or Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Familiarity and experience with web applications and databases preferred, but not required

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (RD1 or RD2) dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills brought to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience.  The basic requirements of the various levels are as follows:

  • At a RD1 Level: Bachelor's or Master's Degree and 0+ years of experience or equivalent
  • At a RD2 Level: Bachelor's and 5+ years or Master's and 3+ years of experience or equivalent

Application instructions

*Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on*

follow us on Twitter