Senior Fellow / Fellow / Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

Fellow/Senior Fellow

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Senior Fellow / Fellow / Associate Fellow to join the Technology and National Security Program. Candidates with experience in the research and/or development of policies on emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence and machine learning, are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note that this is not an area studies position.

The Fellow is expected to contribute to a high-productivity Technology and National Security Program team with collegiality and a team-oriented mindset. He/she should possess a proven track record of high-quality analysis, rigorous research and writing, and the ability to understand and communicate technical concepts in writing and oral presentation.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required and responsibilities may vary over time.


  • Design and implement new projects, research methodologies, and in-depth analysis on technology and national security issues;
  • Write and publish high quality, rigorously developed reports, policy analyses, journal articles, op-eds, commentaries, and other written products related to core program themes and other CNAS research priorities;
  • Engage outside experts to conduct research and analysis related to the program’s mission;
  • Collaborate with other CNAS research programs.


  • Lead and/or participate in events, including working groups, panel discussions, roundtables, and task force meetings;
  • Conduct consultative meetings and outreach to senior Executive Branch and defense officials, members of Congress and staff, and technology leaders in both the public and private sectors;
  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through social media, podcasts, public speaking, and other outlets;
  • Engage key constituency groups and organizations, including foreign partners both in the United States and abroad.


  • Research on potential funders;
  • Budget preparation and management in conjunction with Center staff;
  • Donor cultivation, engagement and liaison;
  • Project proposal and grant application drafting in coordination with Program and Center staff;
  • Preparation and submission of interim and final grant reports.


  • Formulation of event agendas including themes and speakers;
  • Design, lead, and manage workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events that contribute to Center’s research agenda.


  • Content editing of CNAS papers and reports for substance, style, and layout;
  • Coordination with outside authors as needed;
  • Management of publication schedules and deadlines;
  • Collaboration with Center staff to develop compelling graphics, data visualizations, and other methods of content-delivery;
  • Strategy development for promotion of research among target audiences.


  • Participating in candidate interviews, employee orientation, and other personnel processes;
  • Attending internal meetings and representing CNAS at outside events;
  • Mentoring colleagues and future security leaders both formally and informally;
  • Networking, messaging, and outreach;
  • Staffing CNAS activities as needed;
  • Travel as needed, domestic and international.

Qualifications and Requirements


  • Strong organizational skills and uncompromising attention to detail;
  • Ability to train, supervise, support, and work collaboratively with others in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience in policies for emerging technology, either as a researcher or practitioner;
  • Project management experience and a demonstrated ability to develop and carry out a project work plan is strongly preferred;
  • Strong writing skills, including diligent self-editing and fact checking;
  • Discretion, especially with regard to judging the quality of data and competing information sources;
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Collegial and ethical professionalism committed to finding solutions and working collaboratively;
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About the Technology & National Security Program

Technology is changing our lives. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyberspace, social media, and disinformation are profoundly altering the national security landscape. Nation-states have new tools at their disposal for political influence as well as new vulnerabilities to attacks. Non-state groups and individuals are empowered by social media and radical transparency. Artificial intelligence and automation raise profound questions about the role of humans in conflict and war. CNAS’ Technology and National Security Program explores the policy challenges associated with these and other emerging technologies. A key focus of the program is bringing together the technology and policy communities to better understand these challenges and together develop solutions.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, DC.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link:

A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position and a resume or CV. Writing samples may be requested.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin.