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Vienna Center for Disarmament
and Non-Proliferation

International platform for disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue, research, and education

2015-2016 VCDNP
Predoctoral/Postdoctoral/Sabbatical Fellowship

Job Opportunity
Updated: 9 July 2015

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) is an international non-governmental organization based in Vienna, Austria, that serves as a platform for result-oriented dialogue among national governments, international organizations, and civil society on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and conducts research, education and training programs on these issues. The VCDNP is managed by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The VCDNP invites applications for its postdoctoral/sabbatical fellowship program.

Position Summary: During his/her year in residence, the fellow will be expected to: (1) conduct research and publish/prepare for publication a significant work in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation or related field and (2) contribute to ongoing research and activities at VCDNP. This is a temporary position (9-12 months).

Essential Responsibilities

  • Conduct research projects in the area of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and other relevant topics and publish/prepare a substantial manuscript for publication.
  • Publish articles and op-eds on non-proliferation issues.
  • Give lectures or briefings on disarmament and non-proliferation topics to practitioners participating in the VCDNP programs, visitors to the Center, interns, and others.
  • Assist with the Center’s ongoing projects.
  • Present research results at conferences and workshops.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


The search is open in regard to topic and region, as long as the proposed research is related to nuclear and/or WMD disarmament and non-proliferation.

Proven excellent writing and analytical skills are a must, as well as English language proficiency.

The applicant must be in an advanced stage of the Ph.D. program or equivalent advanced graduate degree, or have already received his/her Ph.D. or equivalent degree to apply. Faculty and researchers on sabbatical with a Ph.D. or equivalent are also welcome to apply.

Deadlines, Duration, and Additional Information

Duration: This is a 9 to 12-month position that requires physical presence in Vienna, Austria.

Application Deadline: 14 August 2015

Appointment Date: The selected candidate is expected to start in the Fall 2015. A later start date is also possible upon negotiation.

Compensation package includes a stipend and medical insurance. The level of compensation is commensurate with the experience and expertise.

Physical Effort/Environment

The VCDNP maintains a smoke-free and drug-free workplace. Position requires light to moderate physical effort and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send:

  • C.V.
  • Cover letter
  • Research project proposal (3 to 5 pages)
  • 3 references
  • Publications
  • Other supporting documents you wish to include

Submit application materials electronically to or mail to VCDNP, Donau-City-Strasse 6, Andromeda Tower, Floor 13/1, 1220 Vienna, Austria.