Postdoctoral Research Staff Member (Net Assessment) - Center for Global Security Research

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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The purpose of this fellowship is to advance national and international thinking about the requirements of security and stability in an era marked by multi-domain competition for military advantage in a multipolar era. That competition brings with it potential benefits to the United States and its allies, but also significant risks and uncertainty. The fact that competition is expanding into the new domains of cyber space and outer space adds new forms of complexity and crisis instability. The multipolar character of competition further complicates the challenge of safeguarding an enduring international order. These challenges bring with them a significant debate about what goals should guide U.S. actions. Should the United States seek to dominate in this competitive environment or to remain second to none? Should it instead promise strategic restraint in exchange for restraint by others? What capabilities must it compete to improve, and where can it hedge instead? An informed debate about the means and ends of strategic competition requires a sound understanding of the existing balance of power and influence among the major actors and of the elements of that balance that are dynamic or volatile. The methodologies for such an understanding remain undeveloped. Cold War models fit the new world poorly, as do approaches developed in the era of unipolarity.

This fellowship will advance scholarship on strategic competition, strategic stability, and strategic balance in a 21st century context. It has four primary objectives:

To apply the net assessment methodology pioneered in the Department of Defense by Andrew Marshall to this problem set, adapting it as necessary
To generate new insights, scholarship, and publications on key issues
To build understanding among key stakeholders across the U.S. government and in allied capitals on those issues; and
To encourage the development of a broader community of interest that cuts across issues and generations and engages also US allies and partners overseas

The fellowship is the result of a partnership between Livermores Center for Global Security Research and the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. You will be expected to participate in a collaborative environment to help advance the Centers broader agenda of work on deterrence, assurance, and strategic stability in a 21st century framework and to advance the labs broader mission of bringing science to national security. This will involve joint analytical projects, mentoring of scholars, and engagement with the laboratorys technical communities.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research on politically significant national security topics, specifically to advance thinking by which to gauge the balance of strategic influence in a multipolar world marked by rising military competition in an all-domain environment. Research will be focused on further development, advancement, and application of the net assessment methodology.
- Design and implement a study of net assessment in the context of current global political conditions and increasingly integrated spheres of strategic deterrence and influence to advance thinking about the means and ends and necessary metrics of 21st century multidomain strategic competition.
- Further develop relevant net assessment communities of interest.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DoD, DOE and broader international security community and/or at conferences.
- Respond effectively to the needs of CGSR and other LLNL managers with timely, high quality, finished analyses for presentation or publication.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists and researchers internally and externally.
- Accomplish research goals in collaboration with others in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Political Science, International Relations, the physical sciences, engineering or a related field.
- Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: writing for policymakers, analysis of technical issues in international security, experience in U.S. foreign affairs in the executive or legislative branch.
- Experience effectively conducting independent research.
- Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment to achieve results in a timely manner.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Attention to detail and rigorous logic skills.
- Experience developing and presenting independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Qualifications
- Research and analysis experience in the areas of strategic and operational military assessments and planning.
- Demonstrated understanding of net assessment principals and methodology.
- Experience with working with technical staff in the physical sciences and engineering.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process. This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check. (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

Note: Relisted position. Originally listed on April 3, 2019. Previous candidates need not reapply. Text revised effective August 26, 2019.

This is a one-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of two years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applyingcutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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