87740 Requisition #

Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), has long been one of the nation’s leading research centers devoted to addressing issues at the intersection of science, technology, and international security. Through the production of policy-relevant research, teaching and training of the next generation of security scholars and leaders, and advice to and engagement with policy makers, CISAC creates knowledge to build a safer world.


CISAC seeks candidates for a Research Scholar position in international security with a particular focus on the impact of science and technology on security and public policy. The appointment is open as to disciplinary focus, and the successful candidate will have interest or experience in policy with expertise in one or more of the following core CISAC areas of research: nuclear security, digital security, biosecurity, and environmental security. 


The Research Scholar, who is expected to be in residence and to take part in Center activities throughout the academic year, will have responsibility for:

  • conducting policy-relevant research on international security, individually and in collaboration with other scholars;
  • co-teaching the CISAC undergraduate honors seminar, a highly selective year-long program designed to help Stanford seniors from all disciplines produce honors theses in international security;
  • serving as a mentor to postdoctoral fellows at the Center as well as Stanford undergraduate and graduate students with related research interests;
  • working closely in coordination with the Center Directors and with other researchers and faculty members within the Center and across campus to promote excellence in the study of science, technology and security at Stanford University and;
  • participating in CISAC's efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the international security community.


Initial appointment is for five years with a possibility of extension, funding permitting. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an attractive benefits package. We are open to international candidates and visa assistance will be provided as necessary. 



  • Background in issues related to international security with a demonstrated capacity for analytical and policy-relevant research in one or more of the following areas of interest: nuclear security, digital security, biosecurity, and environmental security. 
  • A PhD in relevant social science, science, or engineering discipline. 
  • An excellent publication record and/or evidence of outstanding potential for research and teaching.
  • Well-developed conceptual and analytic skills and a proven ability to design and develop a program of independent research, courses, and outreach.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses is a plus.


Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and statement of current and planned research interests, teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement (Please explain why diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to you, particularly in the field of international security.) and three letters of reference by January 31, 2021. Letters of reference can be submitted via the job application site or sent directly by referees to Andrea Gray, Associate Director for Administration and Finance, at adgray@stanford.edu.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research mission.

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