Research Associate

Middlebury College
  • Location
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 22

Position description

The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate to assist the Center’s programs on export control and sanctions, and East Asian nuclear issues. The position is fixed-term for one year, with the possibility of extension. The ideal candidate will be available to start work as soon as possible. The job holder would be expected to work in one of the Center’s US offices – namely in Monterey, California or Washington, DC Leonard Spector will be his/her supervisor.

The Research Associate will be responsible for contributing to ongoing projects, particularly those focusing on the design and implementation of maritime sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He or she will be expected to assist senior staff in their research and outreach activities related to the implementation of sanctions on the DPRK. They will coordinate and carry out outreach to several countries around the world, to better assist them in implementing their UN Security Council obligations in this area.

The Research Associate will work with a diverse team spanning CNS’ offices and two of the Center’s programs: CNS’ Export Controls and Nonproliferation Program (which examines national and international export control efforts, industry compliance, and public-private cooperation in the field) and the Center’s East Asia Nonproliferation Program (which explores WMDdevelopments in the East Asian region, including the Chinese and North Korean nuclear and missile programs, and their drivers and responses). The job holder will be managed by a senior staff member in the office in which they are based.

She/he will be expected to help manage ongoing projects, including by compiling and managing budgets, coordinating with partner organisations, planning travel, and producing grant-related reports. The job holder may be required to travel throughout the duration of their contract.



The job holder will have a Master’s degree in political sciences, international relations, history, or a related discipline; or BA and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge or interest in Northeast Asian security issues, sanctions, or export controls.

Demonstrated ability to conduct research or analysis both independently, and as part of a team.

Superior written and oral English language communication skills. Other foreign languages, particularly French, would be advantageous.
Excellent organizational and project management skills, with an ability to work under tight and frequent deadlines, and coordinate project stakeholders towards agreed objectives.

Demonstrated ability to compile and manage budgets, and produce clear expenditure reports


In addition to their studies, candidates should have demonstrated work experience in a relevant field, such as internships or research assistant roles. They should also have a proven ability to work as part of a team to deliver outputs on deadlines, and a record of effectively assisting project and budget management. Experience coordinating or liaising with stakeholders abroad would be especially advantageous. A record of publications in the subject area is also desirable.

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