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CISAC Employment

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Tracy Hill and Deborah Gordon
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Rod Searcey

 

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:

We currently have no full-time job openings at CISAC.

 


Stanford Student Positions at CISAC

 
Student Administrative and Events Assistant
 

CISAC is hiring an undergraduate student administrative and events assistant to help with events and general office work, including event setup and cleanup, photocopying and scanning documents, and other light office tasks. Specifically related to events, the assistant would be responsible for event setup and cleanup on Mondays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Other duties would include making copies of research papers, scanning documents for staff or faculty, as well as ensuring that the kitchens are kept in order. The ideal candidate would have an keen interest in international affairs. Undergrads only please. Depending on the candidate's availability, we may ask for event help on other days as well. Candidates should submit a cover letter indicating why this position at CISAC is of interest. 

  • Dates: October 2014-December 2014 (may be continued based on performance)
  • Hours: 8 - 10 hours per week 
  • Applications through Cardinal Careers
  • Contact: Catherine McMillan, Events & Communications Coordinator, camcmillan@stanford.edu
 
CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Martha Crenshaw
 
The undergraduate research assistant will assist Professor Crenshaw with an ongoing project on "Mapping Militants" (mappingmilitants.stanford.edu).  RA tasks involve researching and writing or updating profiles of militant groups around the world and over time but with a focus on contemporary threats and areas of conflict.  The profiles, all of which follow the same format, are then linked to online conflict “maps” that are actually organizational diagrams blended with a timeline showing the evolution of the groups and their relationship to each other over time.  For example, the project has maps of the Iraq and Syria conflict theaters as well as Somalia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and other areas of interest.  Good research and writing skills are essential, especially a care for accuracy and succinctness of expression.  The profiles are created and the maps drawn online with software created especially for this project, so students with computer programming proficiency or aptitude would be most welcome.
  • Dates: October 2014-August 2015
  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week during the academic year; up to 40 hours per week during the summer quarter
  • Applications through Cardinal Careers
  • Contact: Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator, sspeer@stanford.edu

 

CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Professor David Holloway 

The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Holloway on a book project about the history of nuclear weapons. Duties will include, but are not limited to, working on a book bibliography, creating charts/graphs, and researching and analyzing source evidence in Stanford archives. Undergraduates with proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese are encouraged to apply.

  • Dates: October 2014-August 2015
  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week 
  • Applications through Cardinal Careers
  • Contact: Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator, sspeer@stanford.edu

 

CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Dr. Amy Zegart

The undergraduate research assistant will work with on Dr. Amy Zegart to study escalation dynamics with autonomous systems (i.e. drones). Dr. Zegart plans to examine how the proliferation of technology game changers will affect the battlefield and what they mean for future state-to-state conflict.

  • Dates: October 2014-June 2015
  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week 
  • Applications through Cardinal Careers
  • Contact: Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator, sspeer@stanford.edu

 

CISAC Undergraduate Research Assistant for Professor David Relman

The undergraduate research assistant will work with Professor Relman on issues pertaining to biosecurity, emerging infectious diseases, and the linkages between public health, the life sciences and associated technologies, and international security. Tasks will include source research, and subsequent preparation of written summaries, as well as preparation of background material for workshops. This position will provide an opportunity for exploring the interface between the life sciences and international security.

  • Dates: January-August 2015
  • Hours: up to 10 hours per week during the academic year; up to 40 hours per week during the summer quarter
  • Applications through Cardinal Careers
  • Contact: Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator, sspeer@stanford.edu

 

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