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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Technology and International Security


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The University of California announces a new collaborative initiative between the systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the 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).

As a part of the joint-initiative, the institutions invite applications for up to six (6) 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, 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 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.

All Fellows are expected to be in residence 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 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. 

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • CV
  • Research statement (3-5 pages)
  • Graduate school transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • A writing sample (under 100 pages)
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Optional contributions to diversity statement (1-page) 

The joint program is directed by Prof. Neil Narang, Research Director at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California – Santa Barbara. If you have questions, please direct them to Marie Thiveos (mthiveos@ucsd.edu). Submit application materials here.

The deadline for applications is Mon., February 1, 2021. Awards will be announced in March 2021.