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Postdoctoral Research Staff Member (Deterrence Strategy) - Center for Global Security Research

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 107459
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 27 2020

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

Is deterrence effective?  Can it be made more so?  These questions have gained renewed importance as the security environment has eroded with the return to rivalry among major powers and the rise of nuclear-arming regional challengers.  In a more multipolar security environment, the challenge of tailoring U.S. deterrence strategies to particular actors and problems has grown more substantial.  To help address this challenge, a better understanding of deterrence is required.  Toward this end, social science techniques have something important to contribute.  Rigorously applied, these techniques can develop and test useful hypotheses.  Their effectiveness depends on close coordination with the practitioners of deterrence in the military and civilian defense communities.  This Post Doc is aimed at exploring deterrence effectiveness with social science techniques in partnership with military and civilian stakeholders. This position is in the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) within the Director’s Office.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research on significant national security topics.  
- Design and implement a study of deterrence effectiveness using social science techniques.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DoD) and broader international security community and/or at conferences.
- Respond 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 defense experts internally and externally.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Political Science, International Relations, or a related field.
- Experience effectively conducting independent research on deterrence-related topics.
- 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 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
- Experience with working with the defense community.

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.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  None required.


Note:   This is a one-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of a second year.

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 applying cutting-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.