Research Associate

Harvard Kennedy School


Job Code RS0056 Researcher II Humanities

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Managing the Atom (MTA) project at the Harvard Kennedy School is seeking a full-time Research Associate to support research projects directed by Professor Matthew Bunn on a range of nuclear policy topics including strategic stability and the future of nuclear arms control, reducing the risks of nuclear theft and terrorism worldwide, stemming the spread of nuclear weapons, and addressing key constraints on and risks of nuclear energy. Reporting to the MTA co-principal investigator Prof. Matthew Bunn, the Research Associate will play a major role in researching and writing papers and reports in these areas.

Job responsibilities will include collecting, organizing, and summarizing information; maintaining situational awareness of policy developments, and generating recommendations for additional action; contributing to or co-authoring articles and reports on these subjects; interviewing and interacting with relevant U.S. and international officials and non-government experts; occasional public speaking; and other related job duties as required.

Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree required.

Additional Qualifications

Masters or other advanced degree preferred, as is work experience performing research (quantitative or qualitative). Excellent research, writing, editing, time management, organizational, and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work independently. Initiative, sound judgment, and attention to detail are required. Demonstrated skills and experience in preparing and presenting policy-relevant reports and other materials and prior experience preparing materials for publication a plus. Significant knowledge strongly preferred in at least one of the following areas: nuclear security and nuclear terrorism; strategic stability and nuclear arms control; international politics and economics of nuclear energy; the U.S. policy-making process; or international nuclear institutions. Experience in an academic or think-tank setting a plus.

Additional Information

Important application instructions:

Candidates must submit an analytical writing sample of 20 pages or less, along with names, titles, and contact information for three references.

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment through June 30, 2021, with the possibility of renewal.

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Location USA – MA – Cambridge

Department Belfer Center

Time Status Full-time

Union 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade 056

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