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
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:
- Cover letter of 300 words or less
- One-page résumé
- Official or unofficial transcript PDF
- Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less
- Names and contact information for three references
Deadline: Materials must be submitted by April 8, 2016.