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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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🤑 $108.1K

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  • You need a PhD in a relevant field, experience in international security topics, ability to conduct independent research and present findings, proficiency in communication, attention to detail, and familiarity with advanced analytic tools. Experience with technical staff and writing for policymakers is desired.
  • You will conduct research on national security topics, publish findings, present to various audiences, lead workshops, collaborate with colleagues, and respond to research needs in a multidisciplinary environment.

Graduate Job

Research & Development, ScienceLivermore


  • We're looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR). CGSR was established at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in 1996 to serve as a bridge between the science, technology, and national security policy communities. Given LLNL’s mission to support nuclear deterrence, CGSR addresses topics related to nuclear matters, including deterrence, arms control, and nonproliferation. The Center also takes a broader view of the changing security environment, and engages in work on emerging and potentially disruptive technologies (like cyber, hypersonic, and counter-space) as well as global challenges such as climate change, energy security, and biosecurity. The CGSR fellowship would support one of the five main research thrust areas at the Center:
  • Major Power Rivalry and Conflict,
  • New Regional Challengers and Challenges,
  • Toward Deterrence Strategy 3.0,
  • Future of Long-Term Competitive Strategies, and
  • Future of Cooperative Strategies to Reduce Global Dangers.


  • PhD in Political Science, International Relations, the physical or life sciences, engineering, regional or area studies, or a related field.
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and writing on one or more of the following subjects: nuclear deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, biological & chemical security, energy security, and climate security.
  • Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: writing for policymakers, analysis of technical issues in international security, experience in U.S. foreign affairs in the executive or legislative branch, relevant experience in intelligence, academia, or the think tank community.
  • Experience effectively conducting independent research, publishing papers (including publication of peer-reviewed literature), and presenting research findings via briefings, lectures, or general presentations.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Attention to detail, rigorous logic skills, and familiarization with advanced analytic tools and methodologies.
  • Qualifications We Desire:
  • Experience working with technical staff in the physical sciences and engineering.
  • Experience writing for U.S. policymakers in the government, think tank, or academic setting.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Conduct research on politically significant national security topics in line with CGSR research thrust areas.
  • Publish papers via CGSR’s in-house publication options and/or external outlets such as peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communicate and present research findings to different audiences, including the laboratory, U.S. policymakers, officials in allied countries, or at workshops and conferences.
  • Lead or contribute to the organization of CGSR workshops.
  • Respond effectively to the needs of CGSR and other LLNL managers with timely, high quality, finished analyses for presentation or publication.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





108120 USD


  • Included in 2024 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA)