Career Opportunities

Senior S&T Fellow

Washington, DC


The Senior Science & Technology Fellow leads the Day One Project’s work to forge a diverse science talent pipeline that ensures the federal government has the technical expertise to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 


The Senior Fellow works closely with the Day One Project’s leadership to lead its talent agenda, focused on identifying key federal science leadership positions, and uncovering the next generation of scientific talent capable of filling them.

The core responsibilities of this role include developing a strategy for identifying high-leverage federal roles and coordinating with the science community to identify and recruit a diverse pipeline of talented individuals.

Activities performed

  • Lead development of a Day One talent agenda including:

    • Outlining key goals and objectives

    • Building a project delivery schedule and plan

    • Designing an approach to identify most critical scientific leadership positions 

    • Crafting a plan to inspire individuals to public service and recruit them

  • Source and develop a “21st Century Science Plum Book,” outlining roles and key leadership positions for various federal agencies and departments

  • Identify and help inspire science talent for public service

  • Coordinate activities across a range of partners within the science community, and convene workshops, roundtables and events to advance the goals of the talent agenda

  • Engage and supervise staff, interns and volunteers to complete this work, including managing the work of other team members to support research and content creation

  • Work in close concert with the Day One Project staff to align this project with the rest of the organization’s work

Experience and qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the federal government’s science and technology functions;

  • Commitment to pursuing diversity and inclusion;

  • Background in a STEM discipline, including experience working with the scientific community and relevant societies;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting and building teams;

  • Experience in strategic communications, policy development, or another core aspect of the Day One Project’s work;

  • Seven to ten years experience at the intersection of science, technology and public policy or a graduate degree in a related field preferred;

Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

The Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

About the Day One Project

The Day One Project is dedicated to democratizing the policymaking process by working with new and expert voices across the science and technology community, helping them develop actionable policies that can improve the lives of all Americans, and readying them for Day One of a future presidential term. 

The Project is housed at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), which is dedicated to delivering science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security.

FAS/Day One Project is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

How to apply

Submit a resume to with “Senior Fellow” in the email subject line.

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