Employment

SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (IRAN)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Senior Research Associate to contribute to the organization’s Iran research. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable open source research and nonprofit sector experience while working on one of the world’s foremost proliferation challenges. You will be joining a small team that values excellence, creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.

The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for managing research, writing, and editing content for a new online tool being developed by the Wisconsin Project. Specific duties include:

  • Tracking developments related to Iranian proliferation and sanctions implementation and evasion in open sources (government actions, media reports, trade data, etc.)
  • Writing issue briefs, explainers, and reports on these topics
  • Profiling entities linked to Iran’s proliferation-related programs and sanctions evasion
  • Creating network maps based on entity-related research
  • Overseeing junior staff, including managing research assignments and editing drafts
  • Tracking project indicators and objectives and liaising with funder on a regular basis
  • Coordinating with Project staff and IT firm on tool development

Background: The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is a 501(c)(3) organization that conducts research, advocacy, and public education aimed at inhibiting strategic trade from contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The organization is a member of the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative and is committed to bringing forward women’s contributions in order to more effectively achieve the organization’s mission.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a strong academic background (Masters required) with at least five years of related professional experience and a passion for conducting in-depth, open source research. Candidates must also write clearly and have the ability to evaluate diverse sources as part of the writing process. Familiarity with Iran proliferation issues and an understanding of sanctions are required.

A successful candidate will have a rigorous approach to research and writing, and be comfortable receiving and giving feedback in the research and writing process.

Compensation: This is a full-time staff position with generous benefits.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Senior Research Associate – Iran” in the subject line. Application deadline: December 1.


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (IRAN)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Associate to support the Project’s Iran research. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain writing, editing, and open source research experience while working on one of the world’s foremost proliferation challenges. You will be joining a small team that values excellence, creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.

The Research Associate’s work will contribute to a new tool being developed by the Wisconsin Project. Specific duties include:

  • Tracking developments related to Iranian proliferation and sanctions implementation and evasion in open sources (government actions, media reports, trade data, etc.)
  • Researching and drafting issue briefs, explainers, and reports on these topics
  • Profiling entities linked to Iran’s proliferation-related programs and sanctions evasion and supporting the integration of these profiles in network maps
  • Overseeing interns, including managing research assignments and editing drafts

Background: The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is a 501(c)(3) organization that conducts research, advocacy, and public education aimed at inhibiting strategic trade from contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The organization is a member of the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative and is committed to bringing forward women’s contributions in order to more effectively achieve the organization’s mission.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a strong academic background, including at least a BA or BS degree (Masters preferred), and 2-3 years of related work experience. Candidates must also have the ability to write clearly and have a passion for conducting in-depth, open source research. Familiarity with Iran proliferation issues and an understanding of sanctions are required. Proficiency in Farsi and knowledge of website development are preferred.

A successful candidate will have a rigorous approach to research and writing, and be comfortable receiving and giving feedback in the research and writing process.

Compensation: This is a full-time staff position with generous benefits.

To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Research Associate – Iran” in the subject field. Application deadline: December 1.


RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (ongoing)

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking an intern to conduct research for its Risk Report database and Iran Watch website. Wisconsin Project interns are accomplished students or recent graduates with an interest in nonproliferation and conducting in-depth research.

Interns will use a variety of open sources to conduct research on proliferation networks and write profiles of entities in these networks, for publication in the Risk Report and/or on Iran Watch. Through this research, interns will gain valuable experience in unclassified information gathering and source vetting. The research will also involve learning about autonomous and international sanctions and U.S. and multilateral export control regulations. Interns may also apply data science techniques to identify and visualize proliferation networks.

Candidates must have strong research and writing skills. Familiarity with network analysis techniques and trade and other data sources that can be applied to proliferation research is preferred. Experience with data science techniques (natural language processing, data visualization, web scraping) and programming languages (Python, R) is a plus. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Korean or Arabic, would be helpful.

The internship is a paid position. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to make a three-month commitment of at least 30 hours per week.

The Wisconsin Project is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization located in Washington D.C. founded in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin.

To apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org. No calls please.


The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Wisconsin Project is a host organization for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. This Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work for six to nine months with NGOs in Washington D.C. on international peace and security issues. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org.