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Research Assistant in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking a dynamic, team-oriented research assistant professional who will be responsible for supporting two FAS projects: 1) the Congressional Science Policy Initiative, which facilitates the engagement of scientists, engineers and technologists with policymakers in order to better inform governance; and 2) the Technology and Innovation Initiative which is focused on the intersection of immigration policy and emerging technologies talent needs in advancing the nation’s national security and economic growth.

Responsibilities

The Research Assistant provides research, editing, and programmatic support for both the Congressional Science Policy Initiative and the Technology and Innovation Initiative, as well as some support on administrative needs, including event organization, scheduling, and travel.

Research (80%)

  • Supports the FAS President and Senior Fellows in all aspects of policy research.
  • Supporting the Congressional Science Policy Initiative and the Technology and Innovation Initiative through independent work for research projects, publications, multimedia, community building efforts, and speaking engagements.
  • Synthesizes data for research projects, including from government sources, public opinion surveys, books, journal articles, newspapers, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevance to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
  • Writes briefing memos; compiles bibliographies and chronologies; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
  • Copy-edits research products for substance as well as clarity of language, accuracy, grammar, and spelling. Creates, updates, and confirms footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications
  • In coordination with scholars, may identify and develop specific issues for inquiry as part of larger research projects.

Project coordination and administrative support (20%)

  • Leads planning, organization, and execution of relevant public and private events for the FAS President and Senior Fellows, in both Washington, DC and in other locations.
  • Works with FAS communications staff to maintain up-to-date website content.
  • Supports other administrative needs of the FAS President and Senior Fellows, including travel arrangements, scheduling, and budget preparation.

In this role, during your first month you will:

  • Edit FAS research products for spelling, grammar, flow, style and factual accuracy.
  • Understand the general science policy needs of Congressional offices.
  • Understand the landscape of researchers, policymakers, and journalists focusing on artificial intelligence as a public policy priority.

Within three months, you will:

  • Contribute to novel science policy research and data analysis.
  • Write a memo summarizing relevant academic literature and other sources for an upcoming FAS report.
  • Serve as a key participant in a meeting with Congressional staff.
  • Co-author an FAS blog post.

Within a year, you will:

  • Learn how to form strong relationships with Congressional staff and other policymakers.
  • Learn how to work with journalists and editorial boards covering science policy.
  • Understand how to monitoring the public record for easy-to-overlook executive and legislative branch policy developments.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree with a focus on public policy and/or science and engineering is preferred.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Substantive knowledge: While knowledge and experience regarding Congress, science policy, and/or AI are welcome, they are *not* requirements for this position.

Research: Must demonstrate broad knowledge of policy questions and research sources in science and technology policy. Must be able to identify sources with minimal direction and compile, organize, and proofread research products. Demonstrated ability to evaluate sources and identify and develop issues for further inquiry is preferred.

Writing: Superior writing and copy-editing skills are required. Must be able to clearly, accurately, and concisely summarize research materials.

Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high-level attention to detail, and be able to work independently and complete tasks in a timely manner. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including both research and non-research tasks, and prioritize as appropriate.

Communication skills: Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact professionally and productively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required. Must be able to accurately convey research summaries and findings.

Technical skills: Must be comfortable with standard word processing and spreadsheet software, and with the Google suite of collaborative work tools, particularly Docs, Sheets, and Forms. Familiarity with email listserv and/or website design platforms is preferred.

About FAS

The Federation of American Scientists serves the public good by educating policymakers on critical science and technology matters that impact our society. Founded in 1945 by many of the scientists who built the first atomic bombs, FAS is devoted to the view that scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure that the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind. Today, FAS experts continue to execute the mission that was established in 1945: Making the world a safer, more informed place.

Application Procedure

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

FAS 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.

Additional Information

FAS provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive.

FAS 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.

Posted Tuesday, September 17th, 2019.

ABOUT FAS

Striving for a Safer World since 1945.

The Federation of American Scientists serves the public good by educating policymakers on critical science and technology matters that impact our society. Founded in 1945 by many of the scientists who built the first atomic bombs, FAS is devoted to the view that scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure that the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind. Today, FAS experts continue to execute the mission that was established in 1945: Making the world a safer, more informed place.

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