Research Assistant – Nuclear Security Program

The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 24

Position description

The Henry L. Stimson Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join the team as a temporary full-time Research Assistant for the Nuclear Security Program. This position is designed to support the Nuclear Security Program through both research and administration of project activities through November 30, 2020 with a possibility for renewal. 

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


An act of nuclear terrorism anywhere in the world would be a global humanitarian, economic, and political catastrophe. The most effective strategy for preventing nuclear terrorism is to ensure strong and sustainable security at nuclear facilities around the world. After years of progress strengthening nuclear security, efforts to reduce nuclear terrorism risks are at a critical crossroads. Momentum behind this effort is slowing just as nuclear terrorism risks may be growing. Key policy issues remain unresolved and more research is needed to answer fundamental questions about how to strengthen nuclear security.

The Stimson Center’s Nuclear Security Program conducts interdisciplinary policy research and facilitates inclusive engagement among stakeholders focused on:

  • Developing innovative strategies for international institutions, governments, and nuclear facilities to reduce nuclear terrorism risks.
  • Strengthening security implementation at nuclear facilities.
  • Fostering and revitalizing international nuclear security leadership amongst policymakers and non-governmental organizations.


  • Assist with implementation of research/advocacy projects that advance knowledge, debate and policy-making in specified areas of national/international security;
  • Monitor and evaluate developments in the area of work; 
  • Track news developments in issues area and flag key information;
  • Conduct, assess, and summarize research;
  • Summarize findings from meetings and assess applicability to project work;
  • Evaluate and suggest areas or new components to research that are designed to advance the goals and objectives of the project;
  • Identify and evaluate ways in which the project can better utilize technical resources for outreach and information gathering;
  • Provide day-to-day management of interns;
  • Proofread and copy-edit project publications;
  • Act as liaison to project committees and external audiences;
  • Assist with prospective funder research and preparation of funding proposals and follow-up reports;
  • Coordinate logistics for meetings, seminars, and other special events;
  • Coordinate media outreach including mass mailings, fax blasts, and information requests;
  • Draft written correspondence and documents including but not limited to issue brief, press releases, analytical pieces, and articles for the web; and
  • Perform other tasks as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field;
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, and research skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Have an innovative spirit, drive, and the ability to work at a rapid pace;
  • Enjoy working in a team and independently; and
  • Full competency in Microsoft Office suite.

Application requirements: Submit resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (1-3 pages).  

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