Marilie Coetsee (left), former research assistant, and Associate Director of Research Lynn Eden
The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), is a multidisciplinary community dedicated to research and training in issues of international security. The Center brings together scholars, policymakers, area specialists, business people, and other experts to focus on a wide range of security questions of current importance.
CISAC grew out of Stanford University's pioneering commitment to explore concerns about the escalating arms competition that marked the decades following World War II. With the founding of the Arms Control and Disarmament Program in 1970, Stanford University became one of the first academic institutions in the nation to commit faculty and resources to the study of the critical issues surrounding the Cold War. Today it has expanded its mission to also focus on nuclear risk reduction, biosecurity and global health, cybersecurity, terrorism and homeland security, governnance, migration and transnational flows.
Current Openings at CISAC:
CISAC is expanding efforts in cybersecurity and the future of the Internet. The Center is seeking a unique individual, ideally with a mix of scholarly and practical experience, who will serve as a leader for this initiative, develop a scholarly agenda and provide programmatic leadership for CISAC’s various activities on cybersecurity and the future of the Internet. This is a fixed-term appointment.
The senior research scholar or research associate will:
Work in collaboration with faculty to develop a scholarly agenda to guide CISAC’s work in cybersecurity and the future of the Internet, identifying areas for research, programmatic activity and policy outreach;
Conduct his/her own research in the field, publishing scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals and placing policy-oriented work in general interest publications, with the aim of contributing to and shaping scholarly knowledge and public dialogue;
Develop a set of programs, which are likely to include scholarly seminars, workshops, conferences and other activities, to advance academic work in cybersecurity, build relationships among leaders from different sectors, contribute to the formulation of policy and contribute the improvement of business practices related to cybersecurity;
Consult with CISAC’s co-directors to provide leadership and support for CISAC’s campus-wide efforts to convene faculty and researchers on cybersecurity issues, identifying faculty, students and others working in the field, drawing them together around issues of common interest, developing activities (perhaps a reading or working group) and cultivating an enduring, Stanford-based, academic community;
Develop a network of cybersecurity experts from many fields, including academia, government, civil society organizations and the private sector, to participate in and contribute to the CISAC-based cyber initiative;
Collaborate with with faculty and FSI development staff to develop fundraising goals, articulating the financial needs of the cybersecurity program, identifying prospective donors, and drafting documents to support interaction with those donors;
Manage the annual recruitment of pre- and post-doctoral CISAC fellows in cybersecurity and participate in the competitive selection process;
Deliver, on occasion and by invitation, guest lectures in Stanford courses, and participate fully in the intellectual life of CISAC as a full member of the Center’s community, enhancing other academic work by collaborating with colleagues in other fields and welcoming their collaboration on cybersecurity matters.
The events and communications coordinator is responsible for the development and management of events for CISAC. This person will also work closely with, and under the guidance of, the communications manager on communications-related tasks such as managing web content, social media and e-newsletters. Search for job here.
Reporting to Associate Director for Administration and Finance, the Finance and Research Administrator manages finances and grant administration for the Center, helping develop, prepare, and finalize project budgets; review and approve expenditures; and work closely with staff and faculty on grant proposals and contracts. Search for job here.
Stanford Student Positions at CISAC
We are no longer accepting applications for undergraduate research assistant positions. We will post updates here should positions become available.