13MAR - Research Assistant, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School - Deadline: 08APR

Organization Description

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub for Harvard University’s research, teaching, and training in international security affairs. In 2016, it was ranked the world’s #1 university-affiliated think-tank for the third year in a row.

Location: Cambridge, MA

Position Description

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Assistant. Research Assistants support the director of the Center by conducting in-depth research on topics such as US foreign policy and strategy; defense and intelligence policy; global nuclear security and nonproliferation; and a range of other major international security issues.

Position Roles and Responsibilities

The Research Assistant works closely with other members of a small research team and plays a key role in developing research products, including policy memos, op-eds, journal articles, and book chapters, and performs related job duties as required.


  • Candidates must have significant knowledge of, and interest in, current international security issues; exceptional writing skills; basic quantitative proficiency; and a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision under tight deadlines. 
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, though we will consider candidates who have a bachelor’s degree with extraordinary academic or professional credentials.
  • At least one year of related work experience is required, along with demonstrated knowledge of various research methods and statistical techniques. Relevant coursework may count toward experience.
  • Candidates with a research background on the Middle East; the US-China relationship; European security; or diplomatic/international history are encouraged to apply, although experience with these topics is not a requirement.

How to Apply

Send the following materials to Belfer_RArecruiting@hks.harvard.edu

  1. Cover letter of 300 words or less
  2. One-page résumé
  3. Official or unofficial transcript PDF
  4. Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less
  5. Names and contact information for three references

Deadline: Materials must be submitted by April 8, 2016.