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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Technology and International Security

Applications are now closed. Awards will be announced in March 2021.

The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, together with the Center for Global Security Research at the Livermore National Laboratory, and the National Security and International Studies Office at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, are pleased to fund six, one-year 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, and precision guidance, 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 is based in Washington D.C. for a 12-month term in line with the 2021-2022 academic year. Eligible applicants should expect to receive a Ph.D. degree by August 1, 2021. 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 and research colloquia, including the:

  1. Bi-weekly internal meetings to workshop Fellows’ research.
  2. Monthly National Lab speaker series with researchers from LLNL and LANL.
  3. Monthly Foreign Policy speaker series with policymakers in Washington D.C.
  4. Quarterly visits to LLNL and LANL to engage with LLNL/LANL researchers.
  5. Annual Conference near the culmination of the fellowship year.

Fellows are compensated with a salary of $55,000 plus benefits and a modest research/travel budget. 

The joint program is directed by IGCC research director Neil Narang, an associate professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara. If you have questions, please email Marie Thiveos: