Research Fellow

National Defense University
  • Location
    Fort McNair, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 02

Position description



This is a Research Fellow position in the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) within the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU).

The mission of INSS is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands. INSS includes the following Centers: the Center for Strategic Research, the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, the Center for Complex Operations the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the National Defense University Press.

The mission of CSWMD is to prepare the joint warfighter and national security professionals to address the challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) through education and professional development, scholarship and direct support, and outreach and collaboration activities across the full spectrum of WMD issues and to become one of the preeminent institutions in the United States for WMD expertise. CSWMD has been designated by the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the focal point for WMD education in the Department of Defense's Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) system.

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section and must be completed as a separate document and uploaded with other required documents.

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Participates in the design, development, and execution of studies and analyses to enhance understanding of both the WMD threat to U.S. interests and U.S. responses to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate the threat, in support of Center JPME and research activities.

Participates in the design, development, and execution of exercises, workshops, conference, and/or other meetings to enhance understanding of both the WMD threat to U.S. interests and U.S. responses to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate the threat, in support of Center JPME and research activities.

Participates in teaching and curriculum and pedagogical tool development for use in the entire range of JPME institutions in support of WMD Center responsibilities for enhancing the teaching of Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the Joint Professional Military Education system.

Interacts with Center staff and personnel from the National Defense University, U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, and international organizations, academia, and the private sector, as required.



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Background or Security Investigation: This is a Special Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.


To qualify for this position, you must:

  • Possess at least an earned Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in an international relations/affairs, security studies, political science, public policy, or national security-related discipline or a technical degree relevant to countering weapons of mass destruction; an earned doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred.
  • Have a minimum of five years of professional expertise or and knowledge in an appropriate WMD discipline or field relevant to the CSWMD mission, preferably associated with civilian or military components of the U.S. Government or comparable experience at non-governmental organizations or other entities in the fields of countering weapons of mass destruction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake research and policy support projects, especially related to countering WMD issues, to serve as a principal investigator on such projects, and to prepare and supervise preparation of cogent written products of such projects.
  • Be skilled in developing and delivering briefings in relevant areas dealing with international affairs or national security policy and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach and to develop curricula and pedagogical tools for use in graduate-level education.Have experience in program development, design, and management for educational program development.
  • Have experience interacting and collaborating the ability to interact and collaborate with staff and personnel from academia, the US government, foreign governments, international organizations, or the private sector.


  • Knowledge of the full range of countering WMD issues, especially as they relate to U.S. Government national security and homeland security policies and interests, and understanding of WMD characteristics are strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience within the Department of Defense Joint Professional Military Education system is highly desirable.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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