Teaching and Research Fellow in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS)


“Reference: THW/14/059639/191
Salary Details: £32,277 – £38,511 per annum
Allowances: £2,323 LA per annum
Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term
Contract Term: Full time

The Centre for Science and Security Studies seeks to recruit a Teaching and Research Fellow to coordinate PGT level modules and carry out research on non-proliferation, strategic stability and disarmament and CBRN security issues.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide teaching and academic support at PGT level in the area of non-proliferation, CBRN security issues, strategic stability and disarmament. He/she will be required to contribute to the development of the centre through new research opportunities, supporting the development of research projects and grant proposals as well as carrying his or her share of administrative duties within the Centre.

This is a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £32,277 to £38,511, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

For an informal discussion of the post please Jessica Marcos via email jessica.marcos@kcl.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 17 September 2014

A heads up from M. Harries




Looking for an online option to brush up on your radiochemistry? DOE has you covered! check it out: http://www.wipp.energy.gov/namp/en_content-30-trainingedu.html

Actinide Chemistry Series, Environmental Radiochemistry/Bioassay Series, and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Series 


NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program

Last week we had a visit from a couple of folks with the Graduate Fellowship Program at NNSA. They were great and informative about a neat program for scholars in our field. Info here http://ngp.pnnl.gov/

There are going to be 35-40 positions this time. Applications are due by October 20.

“Explore a Career in Global Nuclear Security

NGFP prepares and builds the next generation of leaders in nuclear security. Working directly in NNSA program and site offices across the country, Fellows work on a variety of missions, including:

Nonproliferation. Through the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Fellows work closely with a wide range of international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, the U.S. national laboratories, and the private sector to detect, secure, and dispose of dangerous nuclear and radiological material, and related weapons of mass destruction technology and expertise.

Maintaining the Stockpile. Fellows work to ensure the Nation sustains a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent through the application of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing. The central mission includes maintaining the active stockpile, Life Extension Programs (LEPs) and Weapons Dismantlement, and is referred to as the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program.

Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. NNSA provides Fellows with the expertise, practical tools, and technically informed policy experience required to advance U.S. nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation objectives. Fellows have the opportunity to build partnerships with U.S. government agencies and key foreign governments on these issues.

Oversight and Change. Fellows contribute to the secure production and laboratory infrastructure which meet immediate and long term needs. This work includes the people, systems, and processes that are needed to succeed in the acquisition of both mission capabilities as well as products and services.

Administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory(Offsite link) in Richland, Washington, this 12-month, full-time, salaried fellowship program provides participants with specialized training and practical experience on projects and initiatives that contribute to a safer world.  The program gives highly motivated, graduate-level students a full year of:

  • Hands-on experience to prepare for a career in nuclear security and nonproliferation.
  • Opportunities to use their background and skills to make significant contributions to the nation.
  • Additional career development and professional networking opportunities and opportunities for specialized training.
  • Extensive interaction and collaboration with security professionals nationally and internationally, including those from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as other government agencies, national laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.”

$8000 to solve the toughest problems in nonproliferation:



“To spur new thinking about how to resolve the continuing global threats posed by nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and its journal, the Nonproliferation Review, sponsor an annual writing competition to identify and publish the most outstanding new analyses in the nonproliferation field. We’re interested in new insights (including from analysis of historical documents), new perspectives, and new approaches for addressing today’s most pressing proliferation challenges, including those involving state and non-state actors”


The Borgen Project

Political Affairs Internship
This is a part-time 14-hours per week telecommuting internship. The internship is 4-months and responsible for leading public and political outreach in the state and district assigned to. Must be available Monday’s 4:30-6:00 PM PST for The Borgen Project’s national conference call.
– Meet with members of Congress and/or Congressional staffers in your State and District.
– Represent The Borgen Project at various business, political and community events.

– Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.

– Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of key poverty-reduction legislation.

– As needed, speak to groups, classes and organizations.

– Write letters of support for key programs to political leaders, media and other groups.
– Outstanding writing skills.

– Self-starter who can produce great results with limited supervision.

– Strong oral communication skills and ability to lead meetings and give speeches.

To Apply: To be considered for the Political Affairs Internship, please email your resume to openings@borgenproject.org.
Regional Director
Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week
Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.
Key Responsibilities:
Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
– Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

– Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.

– Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.

– Build a network of people engaged in the cause.

– Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.
Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
– Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.

– Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.

– Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.

– Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation
How to Apply: To apply, send your resume to hiring@borgenproject.org.



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Project Associate, Arms Control Association

The independent, non-profit Arms Control Association is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time position to coordinate a bi-partisan Congressional outreach project, provide support for ACA events and functions, and associated research and writing projects.  Candidates should have bachelor’s degree in a relevant field/subject, excellent organizational, writing, and communications skills, and a commitment to the mission of the Arms Control Association. Candidates with prior, related work experience are strongly preferred.


Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship


Excellent opportunity

“The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research.

CFR awards up to three fellowships annually. The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments and promise, and on the merits of the specific research projects proposed. The fellows could work on a wide range of issues, including nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, nuclear force posture, and, as it relates to nuclear security, nuclear energy. While in residence full-time at CFR, fellows will be expected to lead a project of their own design, conduct original research, and write at least one policy relevant document. Fellows are expected to participate fully in CFR’s intellectual life. The scholars selected as SNSFs will be mentored by the fellows of CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program.”




All Things Nuclear – Insights on Science and Security

Eryn MacDonald provides a nice write-up on a troubling exercise. All Things Nuclear – Insights on Science and Security.

“The team failed the test when it was unable to retake the silo quickly enough to satisfy the requirements of the exercise. According to an internal Air Force review document obtained by the Associated Press, the security team did not take “all lawful actions necessary to immediately regain control of a nuclear weapon.” Because of the potentially huge consequences if a nuclear weapon were to fall into the wrong hands, this was, not surprisingly, labeled a “critical deficiency.” The officer in charge of the security forces was fired shortly after the failed exercise.”



China’s Hypersonic Weapons

Check out the discussion from Carnegie Endowment with James M. ActonMichael D. SwainePhillip Saunders,Lora SaalmanMichael McDevitt

link here.

Oak Ridge

Some of the scholars from Sp403 spent a week last month in the great state of Tennessee. We were there thanks to the work of some dedicated people at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia and our very gracious hosts at ORNL and Y12 through the Next Generation Safeguards Initiative.

We did so much in such a short amount of time that it is a little tough to unpack it all. My guess is that I’ll break up the thoughts into several posts.

Part of our trip to ORNL and Y12, the part that perhaps most of the public would be interested in, was to tour the Manhattan Project sites. There is something strange and endearing about them. I have an affinity for the ascetics of the era that I can’t quite explain. The look and feel of the buildings, the hand painted labels on dials and buttons- My guess is that it all taps into the feelings attached to my grandparents generation. It also touches upon a great national myth.
At any rate it was neat. More to come on safeguards, the national labs, and HEU.



There is an ongoing effort to create a Manhattan Project National Historic Park some information: here.