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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Cyber space is widely recognized as a new domain of warfare and cyber technologies are widely recognized as having rising salience in a U.S. strategy to compete, deter, and win against major power rivals and other challengers. Moreover, information warfare strategies have been embraced by potential U.S. adversaries as part of their strategic toolkit for trying to shape the behavior of the United States and its allies in crisis, war, and also peacetime. Questions of cyber security also bring with them questions about the necessary roles and responsibilities of public and private sectors including, but not limited to, questions of governance and policing in the information realm. U.S. security strategy has evolved rapidly in recent years, as new capabilities and challenges have emerged, and as the security environment has changed. This fellowship was created to advance thinking about these new capabilities and challenges and to further develop relevant communities of interest. This position is in Center for Global Security Research.

Essential Duties
– Conduct research on politically significant national security topics, including the role of cyber and information warfare in integrated strategic deterrence; the role that deterrence can play in mitigating cyber risks to national security; and what can be done to enhance stability.
– Design and implement a study on the impacts that cyber capabilities/threats have on integrated strategic deterrence.
– Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE and broader international security community and/or at conferences.
– Respond effectively to the needs of CGSR and other LLNL managers with timely, high quality, finished analyses for presentation or publication.
– Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

– Recent PhD in Political Science, International Relations or a related field.
– Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: writing for policymakers, analysis of technical issues in international security, experience in U.S. foreign affairs in the executive or legislative branch.
– Experience effectively conducting independent research.
– Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment to achieve results in a timely manner.
– Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
– Attention to detail and rigorous logic skills..
– Experience developing and presenting independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Qualifications
– Experience with working with technical staff in the physical sciences and engineering.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Anticipated Clearance Level: None.

Note: This is a one-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL’s mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.