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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


Social Science Research Professional

Professor Scott Sagan, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, FSI and CISAC Senior Fellow, is seeking a tenacious research assistant with first-rate analytical capabilities and outstanding academic credentials to conduct social science research, draft reports, support teaching and lecture activities, and assist with a range of administrative needs. The candidate will will research, write about and otherwise work on international security issues such as nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation, and the ethics of war in the contemporary world.  The position involve working to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of social science theory. 

This is a fixed-term position. The term concludes August 31, 2016, and may be extended based on programmatic need and funding availability. 

Learn more about the job and apply online under job #66707

Contact: Kathryn Holleb,


Communications Manager

CISAC seeks a talented individual to work in one of the country’s leading interdisciplinary, university-based research and training centers addressing critical international security issues. The Center draws on leading scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs, and applying this expertise to policy relevant solutions. Candidates should have a keen interest in and knowledge of international affairs, as they would be working with some of the world’s leading scholars focused on global security issues such as nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, biosecurity, counter-terrorism and regional conflict. We are looking for candidates who are willing to try new storytelling techniques and platforms. Under the guidance of senior management, plan, coordinate and implement communication programs for the center. Develop internal and external written communications, Web and digital communications, and collateral materials and coordinate media relations programs and efforts. Work closely with other communications officers at the Freeman Spogli Institute and across campus.

Learn more about the job and apply online under job #66359

Contact: Megan Gorman,

Stanford Student Positions at CISAC


Undergraduate Research Assistant to Professor Martha Crenshaw 

The undergraduate research assistant will assist Prof. Crenshaw with a project on terrorist plots vs. the US and its allies since 1993.  Work involves additional coding (entering data on a spreadsheet) for a list of around 300 identified jihadist plots in or against the homelands of the US, EU, and NATO countries plus Australia and New Zealand.  

  • Qualifications: Only Stanford undergraduate students may apply. Excellent academic record and familiarity with Excel required. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Dates: June 22-August 15, 2015 (summer quarter)

  • Hours: 30-40 hours per week

  • How to Apply: Apply via Cardinal Careers

  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Students & Alumni Programs Coordinator, at


Undergraduate Research Assistant to Professor Jenny Martinez

The undergraduate research assistant will assist Professor Martinez with two ongoing projects. The first consists of conducting research (using mostly secondary sources, but also potentially some primary sources) and writing research memorandums concerning the operations of the United Fruit Company in Latin America in the early and mid-twentieth century as that conduct relates to various issues of international law.  The second project relates to the production of a MOOC (massive online course) on international human rights law, and will involve research, creating powerpoint and multimedia presentations, video editing, and helping to create other course materials.  

  • Qualifications: Some proficiency in Spanish is useful but not required.  Only Stanford undergraduate students may apply. Please apply by May 8, 2015.

  • Dates: June 22-August 15, 2015 (summer quarter)

  • Hours: 40 hours per week

  • How to Apply: Apply via Cardinal Careers

  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Students & Alumni Programs Coordinator, at


Undergraduate Research Assistant to Professor David Relman
(not currently accepting applications, but search may be re-opened)

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: February-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

  • Questions: Contact Shelby Speer, Fellowship, Student, & Alumni Programs Coordinator,


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