Cyber Research Assistant

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 04

Position description

Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has an established record for producing research on the cutting edge of counterterrorism, illicit finance, and economic sanctions. FDD is seeking a research assistant for the Summer 2017 to contribute to FDD’s new project on cyber-enabled economic warfare. The successful applicant will assist senior experts as they develop research and policy ideas in this cutting-edge field.

The research assistant’s principal responsibilities will include:

  • Prepare news aggregations to keep senior leadership informed on events and developments.
  • Research, analyze, and summarize existing literature on issues related to cyber-enabled economic warfare.
  • Research and map USG structure vis-à-vis cyber policy, research and development, and private sector outreach.
  • Research U.S. policies and identify gaps in government strategies and planning.
  • Identify and analyze cyber-enabled economic warfare attacks.


  • BA or Master's Degree with an area of focus in: cyber-security, foreign policy, or national security
  • 2+ years working in a relevant field preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong research and analytical skills

FDD is a nonprofit and nonpartisan national security and foreign policy institute devoted to independent research in the defense of free nations against their enemies. Founded in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, FDD uniquely combines policy research, counterterrorism and democracy education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism to pursue the goal of a more secure future for America and her allies.

Application instructions

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include the cover letter in the body of the email and the CV and writing sample attached in PDF format. No phone calls, please. Compensation commensurate with experience.


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