Career Opportunities

The Federation of American Scientists is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a rewarding work environment.

We do not currently have any openings at this time.

Thank you for your interest in employment with FAS. Please check back with us regularly to learn of future openings.


Update: The Federation of American Scientists will resume a search for a new president beginning in spring 2018 following a move to new offices in Washington, D.C. In the interim, FAS project director Steven Aftergood will serve as acting president. To stay up-to-date on FAS’ current programs and any news, subscribe to FAS’ weekly e-newsletter or follow FAS on Twitter (@FAScientists).

President/Executive Director

FAS is seeking an outstanding leader to serve as its next President/Executive Director who is a recognized authority in national security issues concerning preventing the use and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, or other technologies that could have massively harmful or catastrophic effects. This leader should have a proven track record in managing relevant programs and experience in or aptitude for raising substantial funds.


In November 1945, Manhattan Project scientists who built the first atomic bombs founded FAS with the mission to educate policymakers and the informed public about how to reduce the risks of nuclear technologies. Today, FAS provides science-based analysis of and practical solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security. Specifically, FAS works to reduce the likelihood of use of nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear proliferation, lower the numbers of nuclear arms, prevent and mitigate nuclear and radiological terrorism, promote high standards for nuclear energy’s safety and security, illuminate government secrecy practices, as well as prevent the use of biological and chemical weapons. In 2013, FAS created a new network model that brings together experts from the physical and biological sciences, engineering, political science, law, and policy, including many younger to mid-career professionals. Through task forces, these experts have been shining spotlights on how to make governments more accountable and reduce global catastrophic risks.  FAS has also been strengthening the highly regarded and long-serving Government Secrecy Project and Nuclear Information Project.


  • Have a nationally recognized reputation for excellence in relevant technical and policy fields such as arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear safety and security, nuclear energy policy, and/or bio-security.
  • Possess excellent communication skills to serve as the public face of FAS.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership and management skills.
  • Understand fiscal issues and budgetary matters relevant to mid-sized non-profit organizations.
  • Hold an advanced degree, preferably a Ph.D. (master’s is acceptable depending on professional experience) and preferably in the sciences or engineering fields (political science or law degree is acceptable as long as the candidate can demonstrate considerable professional experience involving technical issues relevant to FAS’s mission areas).
  • Have at least 15 years of professional experience in relevant fields and at least five years of management experience. 


  • Develop the vision and strategy of the organization to ensure its continued relevancy and vitality. By working and discussing with the staff, Board of Trustees, Board of Experts, and other advisers to FAS, the President/Executive Director will create long-range strategies, goals, near-term operational plans, and policies for FAS to achieve its desired outcomes and will seek the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees for carrying out these activities.
  • Work with FAS Project Directors to develop and implement fund raising activities to ensure the financial sustainability of FAS’s projects.
  • Create with input from FAS staff and Project Directors the organization’s annual budget and present and defend this budget to the Board of Trustees.
  • Work with the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees to develop an investment strategy for FAS’s assets, with implementation subject to periodic review and approval by the Board, in order to meet the organization’s financial needs and goals.
  • Develop plans with the FAS Communications, Marketing, and Membership team to communicate with donors and create a community of supporters.
  • Reach out to experts from the technical and policy arenas to bring them into FAS task force projects and other studies to strengthen FAS’s capacity to inform and educate policymakers through a vigorous and diverse network of specialists in multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise to advance FAS’s mission through giving news media interviews, writing for publications, presenting at congressional testimonies, and speaking at professional conferences.
  • Serve as FAS’s Editor-in-Chief/Publisher-in-Chief to ensure high quality of FAS’s publications including FAS Special Reports and the quarterly Public Interest Report.
  • Ensure the effective daily operations of the organization through supervision of staff and implementation of organizational policies.

FAS offers a generous benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send an application letter and résumé/c.v. to Mr. Frankie Guarini, FAS’s Communications, Marketing, and Membership Manager, at [email protected].


The Federation of American Scientists offers internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. With less than 10 full-time staff, the FAS offices are casual and collegial. Learn how you can become part of our team.

Biosecurity Internship

We are currently seeking a part-time intern to fill an immediate opening in our biosecurity program,which seeks to educate policymakers and the public on the threats posed by biological weapons and on the broader security implications of new research in biology and biotechnology. The biosecurity intern will have an opportunity to take an active role in raising public awareness and analyzing current issues aspart of a small, highly motivated staff working to better the world by ensuring that science and technology are applied in socially responsible ways.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Research and Analysis: tracking current issues in biosafety, biosecurity, and biodefense; identifyingtopics for in-depth analysis; and eliciting expert opinions for follow-on research and writing projects.
  • Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC): keeping the Virtual Biosecurity Center updated with currentinformation on new developments in biosafety, biosecurity, and biodefense.
  • Public Education and Outreach: using the FAS website and social media outlets to educate thepublic on news, events, advancements in research, and policy issues.

Qualifications include:

  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to commit 15-20 hours per week
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • HTML and website design knowledge preferred, but not required

Education and Skills Required

At a minimum, candidates should have completed substantial undergraduate coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry. Alternatively, they will have acquired knowledge of biorisks through coursework on national security issues related to biosafety, biosecurity, and biodefense.

To Apply

To apply, please email the following to Chris Bidwell at [email protected]: (1) a resume, and (2) a cover letter that explains your experience, interest in the position, and dates of availability.

Fundraising and Development Internship

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking motivated and experienced university students to fill the position of Development Intern. FAS Development Interns will have the opportunity to work in three phases of nonprofit development: 1) Membership services; 2) Foundation, Corporate, and Government relations; 3) Administrative duties.


  • Conducting research on prospective foundation, corporate, and government grants
  • Conducting research on individuals that can give major gifts
  • Assisting in the drafting of grant proposals and periodic reports
  • Editing and proofreading development documents
  • Providing support to development staff as needed
  • Conducting research on prospective new members
  • Assisting in updates to FAS social media applications
  • Helping membership staff coordinate special member events and campaigns
  • Assisting in direct member relations
  • Designing membership e-cards, correspondence, and other logos
  • Editing audio and video content for distribution to members
  • Administrative duties as assigned

Education/Skills Required

The ideal candidate should have coursework in the related field and a genuine interest in nonprofit development. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to raise funds, or nonprofit experience are highly recommended to apply. Qualifications include:

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media applications
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent time management skills
  • High level of organization and an attention to detail
  • Graphic design skills and knowledge of Photoshop highly preferred, but not required
  • Podcast and video editing knowledge highly preferred, but not required
  • HTML and website design knowledge highly preferred, but not required

To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter relating your experience/education and qualifications to:

[email protected]

Communications Internship


  • Update FAS’s various online profiles – Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn, grow fans/friends/followers
  • Assist in blog outreach
  • Research best online practices and trends
  • Track and document media coverage on a daily basis
  • Help manage FAS’s online community
  • Research new social media tools and tactics
  • Understand how to record and read important metrics
  • Research potential marketing partnerships

Education/Skills Required

  • Solid writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work quickly and on deadline
  • Interest or background in communications/PR
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Knowledge of search engine optimization
  • Proficient in social media networks including Twitter and Facebook

To Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter relating your experience/education and qualifications to:

[email protected]