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Postdoctoral Scholar, Technology and International Security (IGCC)

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar Employee
Salary range: $64,480 - $69,342

Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Dec 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 12, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), together with the UC Office of the President and UC-managed National Laboratories: the Center for Global Security Research at the Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the National Security and International Studies Office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), are pleased to invite applications for up to six (6) postdoctoral fellowship positions in Technology and International Security.

Technology has always played a central role in international security. Technology shapes the ways states fight during wartime and compete during peacetime. Today, significant advancements in nuclear technology, autonomous weapons, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, cyber technology, hypersonic vehicles, additive manufacturing, stealth, precision guidance, and other areas have contributed to a widespread sense that the world is again on the precipice of a new technological era. We seek applicants whose research generates new theoretical and empirical insights into the relationship between technology, national security, and the global security environment.

The fellowship program will be based in Washington, D.C. for a 24-month term in line with the 2024-25 and 2025-26 academic years. Applicants who can participate for only 12-months in line with the 2024-25 academic year should also apply. Eligible applicants should expect to receive a Ph.D. degree by September 1, 2024.

All Fellows are expected to be in residence at the University of California Washington, D.C. Center for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows are expected to dedicate the majority of their time to research and complete a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their period of residence. Fellows are also expected to plan and regularly participate in all weekly seminars, research colloquia, and occasional travel.

Competitive salary with benefits and a modest research/travel budget.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

At the time of application candidates must either have a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) or be ABD (all but dissertation) in social sciences, humanities, physical or natural sciences, engineering or computer sciences, and other technical and non-technical fields.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. or received a Ph.D. degree by the start of the appointment.

Preferred qualifications

We seek applicants whose research generates new theoretical and empirical insights into the relationship between technology, national security, and the global security environment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 1-2 pages

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - 3-5 pages

  • Graduate School Transcripts - Unofficial accepted

  • Writing Sample - Under 100 pages

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required
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Job location

Washington, DC