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University of California San Diego

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School of Global Policy and Strategy
Postdoctoral Scholar Employee Appointment, Technology and International Security

JOE ID Number: 2020-02_111466142
Date Posted: 11/26/2020
Date Inactive: 01/31/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Employee Appointment, Technology and International Security
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: La Jolla, California, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
F5 -- International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy
O3 -- Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Postdoctoral Scholar Employee Appointment, Technology and International Security
The School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, 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 scholar employee 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 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 postdoctoral scholars are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. Postdocs 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. Postdocs are also expected to plan and regularly participate in all weekly seminars and research colloquia, including the:
1. Bi-weekly internal meetings to workshop 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 postdoctoral scholar appointment year;

Salary: $55,000 annually plus benefits and a modest research/travel budget.

To apply: submit a cover letter (1-2 pages); CV with list of publications; Research statement (3-5 pages); Graduate school transcripts (unofficial accepted); writing sample (under 100 pages); at least two letters of recommendation; Optional: contributions to diversity statement (1-page).

Submit application materials at:

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

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 ( The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 01/31/2021