Career Opportunities with CSIS Aerospace Security

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

Call for Applications: Research Associate (Full-Time)

CSIS is seeking a Research Associate (or Research Assistant at a more junior level) to join the International Security Program’s Aerospace Security Project to work on various research projects and manage the Project’s events, publications, outreach, and website. She/he reports to Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program.

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Applications close: April 19, 2019

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide research support as determined by the director (80%):

  • Supports the program’s research agenda through thorough research and analysis on a wide range of defense-related issues, including but not limited to space security, civil and commercial space, and air dominance and long-range strike.
  • Co-authors reports and articles relevant to the project’s research agenda.
  • Assists with print and web publication layout and dissemination.
  • Contributes to the grant proposal process in order to secure support and funding for new project initiatives.

Provide administrative assistance (20%):

  • Manages the day-to-day operations, including fielding program calls, maintaining program calendar, updating website and contact database, and serving as the executive assistant to the program director.
  • Organizes and staffs program events, including meetings, briefings, roundtables, and major conferences.
  • Serves as a managing editor of
  • Oversees a team of interns on program research and administrative tasks.
  • Prepares and disseminates routine correspondence to program stakeholders.
  • Serves as a liaison with CSIS operational departments such as External Relations, Strategic Planning, and Human Resources.
  • Assists director and staff with development of program budgets, monitoring of financial transactions (revenue and expenses), and processing of invoices.
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • At minimum a BA/BS degree in political science, economics, science, engineering, or other relevant fields if hired at the research assistant level. A minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant field is required if hired at the research associate level.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and communicate information clearly and efficiently.
  • Superior writing and analytical skills.
  • Expertise in the MS Office suite of products, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in military space systems, the civil or commercial space industries, major military weapons systems, and other defense issues is desirable.
  • Programming skills and experience working with large data sets and databases (e.g. MS, SQL, Python) are a plus.
  • HTML and/or WordPress experience is also desired.

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter at

Preferred start date: Negotiable

Applications close: April 19, 2019