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The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in issues of international security. The Center brings together scholars, policymakers, area specialists, business people, and other experts to focus on a wide range of security questions of current importance.

CISAC grew out of Stanford University's pioneering commitment to explore concerns about the escalating arms competition that marked the decades following World War II. With the founding of the Arms Control and Disarmament Program in 1970, Stanford University became one of the first academic institutions in the nation to commit faculty and resources to the study of the critical issues surrounding the Cold War. Today it has expanded its mission to also focus on nuclear risk reduction, biosecurity and global health, cybersecurity, terrorism and homeland security, governnance, migration and transnational flows. 


Current Openings at CISAC


Staff Positions

Human Resources and Special Projects Associate (job #70960)
CISAC is seeking a Human Resources and Special Projects Associate. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position, reporting directly to and working closely with the Associate Director for Administration and Finance. The candidate will provide human resources administrative support (50% FTE), acting as the first point of contact for all human resources inquiries, and serving as a resource to staff and faculty on human resources policies, procedures, and practices, while interacting with dynamic colleagues and distinguished faculty, scholars, and affiliates from around the globe. Special projects and other administrative duties will make up the remaining 50% FTE.
For the complete job listing and to apply, please click here.


Postdoctoral Scholars

There are no open positions for postdoctoral scholars at this time. To learn about applying for a postdoctoral fellowship, please visit



Stanford Student Positions (all positions listed below are only open to Stanford students)

Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Joseph Felter (job #230722)

The undergraduate research assistant will work with Dr. Felter on the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC), which identifies, compiles, and analyzes micro-level conflict data and information on insurgency, civil war, and other sources of politically motivated violence worldwide. The case study emphasis includes the Philippines, Colombia, and Afghanistan. Research activities in support of the ESOC project will include coding and organizing large micro-conflict data sets. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) during summer 2016.
For the complete job listing and to apply, please click here.

Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. David Relman and Dr. Megan Palmer (job #225202)

This research assistant will help Dr. Relman and Dr. Palmer on several projects related to fostering safety and security in the development of biological science and technology. These projects include (1) an analysis of the design and implementation of policies and practices concerning dual use research of concern (i.e. risky research) in the life sciences, and (2) development of an analysis framework and metrics for the economic and security tradeoffs in the design of infrastructure to support biotechnology. Tasks will include literature reviews and preparation of background material for papers, workshops and proposals. This position will provide an opportunity for exploring the interface between biological science and technology, other emerging technologies, and international cooperation and security. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) during summer 2016.
For the complete job listing and to apply, please click here.


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