The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is the hub of Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. The Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and (2) to prepare future generations of leaders for these arenas. We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive organization is not only morally right, but is also central to our ability to achieve our mission. In line with the HKS Diversity Statement, the Belfer Center does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran. It is our goal to promote historically underrepresented groups within our organization and within the fields of science and international affairs.
The Belfer Center seeks a Research Assistant to support Eric Rosenbach, the Co-Director of the Belfer Center and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, in conducting in-depth research on topics such as cyber, defense, geopolitics of technology, China and a range of other major international security issues. A Research Assistant plays a key role in:
Conducting research on specific international security topics and producing in-depth analytic memos, eventually building deep expertise in their area(s) of responsibility.
Contributing to internal and external publications such as op-eds, academic articles, and book chapters.
Planning and conducting research for high-level events, including private working groups and large public events.
Is a self-starter with keen attention to detail.
Skills in managing multiple diverse activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments, and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment.
Team player willing to work on areas outside of typical portfolio.
Demonstrated interest in cyber security, defense policy, and technology is preferred.
Experience in an academic or think-tank setting a plus.
Other related job duties, as required.
This is a benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Please note: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with transition to onsite in Cambridge, Massachusetts when the office reopens.
Harvard Kennedy School's Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Harvard Kennedy School is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and culturally rich community that fosters civility and respect. We are a community of staff, students, and faculty with wide-ranging backgrounds, experiences, and opinions who are steadfast in supporting our communities as public servants and leaders. In our interconnected world, we need leaders who serve with acceptance, inclusion, compassion, openness, and respect. These values are at the very heart of what we do at Harvard Kennedy School. Harvard Kennedy School's mission is to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in societies that are more safe, free, just, and sustainably prosperous. Our teaching, research, and engagement with practitioners focus on these priorities:
Protecting security, freedom, and human rights
Advancing social justice
Increasing economic well-being
Improving public leadership and management
To Apply: All applicants must submit the following as a single PDF document through the Harvard employment website at www.hr.harvard.edu/jobs:
Cover letter of 300 words or less
Résumé or CV
Analytic writing sample of five pages or less
Names and contact information for three references
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment exercise which may be followed by a virtual interview with Eric Rosenbach.
Salary Grade: 052
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree required.
Significant knowledge of, and interest in, current cyber security issues; demonstrated analytical, research, and writing skills; basic quantitative proficiency.
Master's degree in a relevant field preferred but not required.1+ year of related work experience preferred but not required. Candidates with a background in economics, finance, and/or technology—in addition to one or more of the abovementioned research areas—are encouraged to apply, but experience with these topics is not required. A demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision under tight deadlines.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54250BR
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