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

VCDNP Research Associate


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 results-oriented dialogue among national governments, international organizations and civil society on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and conducts research, education and training programmes 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 research associate. During her/his year in residence, the research associate will be expected, under the supervision of the VCDNP Executive Director, to conduct research and analysis on non-proliferation and disarmament, write reports and other publications and contribute to educational, research and outreach activities of the Center . This is a full-time staff position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct independent research and produce written reports and other publications on issues of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament;
  • Work with the VCDNP senior experts on on-going and new research projects and contribute to their implementation;
  • Work with the Executive Director of the Center to develop grant proposals for research, outreach and publication projects. Assist with grant reporting and implementation;
  • Assist with research, outreach and other projects at the VCDNP;
  • Assist with the organization of and contribute to training programs, seminar series, workshops and briefings organized by the Center;
  • Provide mentorship to interns;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Full professional proficiency in the English language.
  • Previous research experience and publications on non-proliferation and/or disarmament topics.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and working in a challenging and dynamic environment. Detail-oriented and capable of completing deliverables on tight deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to adapt to changing technologies and systems.
  • Willingness and ability to comply with Institute policies, procedures, and mandates.
  • A master’s degree in political science or international relations, or a bachelor’s degree and equivalent work experience in the field.

Deadlines, Duration and Additional Information

Application Deadline: The position will remain open until filled

Appointment Date: The position is expected to start in the Fall of 2017, but is open to negotiation.

The original contract is for one year, with a possibility of extension and long-term employment.

Physical Effort/Environment

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

How to Apply

The anticipated closing date for applications is 30 September 2017.

The desired start date is Fall 2017.

A valid authorization to work or ability to obtain authorization to work in Austria is required. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by emailing their application documents to

The application packet should include:

  • a letter of interest;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • two letters of recommendations;
  • at least one writing sample/publication; and
  • any other supporting documents you wish to include.