Research Associate

Middlebury College - Monterey, CA (30+ days ago)4.1

Under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager and Research Associate, the Research Associate will assist in the operations and implementation of activities tasked to and performed at CNS, as described in the duties below. This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) temporary staff position.

Essential Functions
Conduct original research and write reports and scholarly articles on nuclear/radiological security and nonproliferation in the contexts of Latin America.
  • Assist with original research into open source and new media methods for nonproliferation analysis.
  • Assist in the organization and execution of seminars, meetings, visiting fellows programs, and outreach activities related to nonproliferation issues in Latin America and open source analysis.
  • Assist with various administrative tasks
General Responsibilities
Capable of multi-tasking and working in challenging, intense, and dynamic environment
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized and capable of completing deliverables on tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with standard citation and editing styles (e.g. Chicago Manual of Style).
  • Ability to manage work of graduate students.
  • Willingness and ability to adapt to changing technologies and systems.
  • Microsoft Office software proficiency.
  • Familiarity with web-based social networking tools.
  • Willingness and ability to comply with Institute policies, procedures, and mandates.
Master’s degree (or equivalent) in nonproliferation, regional studies, political science, international relations, or equivalent experience in the field is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and editing skills.
  • General knowledge of nuclear security field and and illicit trafficking issues, and how they relate to the states of Eurasia.
  • Good understanding of nuclear proliferation, nuclear safeguards, international treaties and organizations. Work experience with the IAEA or other UN agency or office highly desirable.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English is required. Intermediate fluency in Spanish is required. Fluency in an additional language of the region is a plus.
  • Familiarity with both Windows and OS operating systems.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software.
  • Demonstrated expertise with social networking sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
  • Familiarity with Google Maps, Google Earth, Sketch-up, and ArcGIS or other geospatial applications.
  • Basic familiarity with Python and/or R programming languages.
  • Basic familiarity with social network analysis software.
At least two years of supervised work experience required. Familiarity with an academic setting desirable. Field experience in Latin America/Mexico is desirable. Previous research experience and publications on WMD nonproliferation topics with a focus on Latin America (Mexico, in particular) are highly desirable. Previous management and supervisory experience is a plus.

Physical Demands
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Position requires light to moderate physical effort and the ability to work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.

Posting Information
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete an online application and attach all required documents.

Some postings require contact information for reference providers for confidential letters of recommendation.