Research Associate, Technology & National Security Program

Job Details


Washington, D.C.

Expiration Date

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Interest Area

Journalism/Publishing, Project Management, Research

Position Type


Minimum Degree Requirements

Not Specified

Company Name

Center for New American Security

Job Posting URL

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Research Associate to support the Technology and National Security Program. Candidates with defense analysis experience and familiarity with national security applications of emerging technologies, including but not limited to artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and autonomy, are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that this is not an area studies position.

The Research Associate will be expected to perform a variety of tasks outlined below. The following is an overview of primary responsibilities; other tasks may be required and responsibilities will vary over time.



Research and Analysis

  • New project conceptualization and assistance with developing research methodologies;
  • In-depth research on technology and security issues;
  • Literature reviews; 
  • Participation in engagements with external experts and practitioners including (non-resident) adjunct fellows.


  • Project proposals and grant applications in coordination with the Center staff;
  • Op-eds, journal articles, and co-authored/authored CNAS papers and reports;
  • Short analyses such as blog entries and commentaries driven by the news cycle
  • Interim and final grant reports;
  • Project and event descriptions for external facing materials such as the CNAS website;
  • Formal event invitations.

Project Development and Management

  • Research on potential funders;
  • Proposal development in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Budget preparation and management in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Donor engagement and liaison.

Event Design and Management

  • Formulation of event agendas including themes and speakers;
  • Coordination of targeted email campaigns to promote events;
  • Management of RSVP lists;
  • Preparation and coordination of event logistics.

Publication Management

  • Content editing of CNAS papers and reports for substance, style, and layout;
  • Coordination with outside authors as needed;
  • Management of team publication schedules and deadlines;
  • Collaboration with Center staff to develop compelling graphics and data visualizations;
  • Strategy development for promotion of research among target audiences.

Other Administrative Tasks

  • Scheduling meetings and events;
  • Booking travel;
  • Compiling expense reports;
  • Maintaining accurate and up to date website project content.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Participating in interviewing, employee orientation, and other personnel processes;
  • Attending internal meetings and representing CNAS at outside events;
  • Mentoring colleagues and future security leaders both formally and informally;
  • Networking, messaging, and outreach;
  • Staffing CNAS activities as needed;
  • Occasional travel.