Office of the Provost and The Dietrich College of Humanities and
Special Assistant to the Director- Carnegie Mellon Institute for
Security and Technology (CMIST)
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is launching a major new
initiative, the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and
Technology or CMIST. CMIST is a university-wide initiative devoted
to the wise development, use, and governance of new and emerging
technologies that are changing the national and international
security landscape. As part of this forward-looking enterprise, the
Director of CMIST seeks a Special Assistant to help advance
cutting-edge, policy-relevant research that analyzes the risks and
benefits of emerging technologies in war and peace.
This is an outstanding opportunity to become part of a new,
interdisciplinary research think tank that will combine Carnegie
Mellon University’s existing strengths in AI, cybersecurity, block
chain, robotics, and other technologies, with scholarship focused
on international relations, political science, security studies,
ethics, law, and policy. For this position, we seek an
intellectually agile, high-energy individual with strong interest
and some experience in both national and international security, on
the one hand, and emerging technologies, on the other.
Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) bold new initiative in national
and international security and emerging technologies is uniquely
poised to take advantage of the university’s distinctive strengths
in computer science and engineering and its unique tradition of
collaborative, cross-university, cross-disciplinary research. CMU
is ranked in the top five universities in the U.S. in Computer
Science and in Engineering. It is ranked #1 in the subfields of
artificial intelligence, computer engineering, cybersecurity,
information systems, and software engineering. It has leading
research institutes in areas such as robotics, machine learning,
natural language technologies, human-computer interaction,
engineering and public policy, and public policy and
management--all designed to reach across disciplinary boundaries to
solve key problems and address the highest-priority challenges
Carnegie Mellon University
Formally established in 1967, CMU is a dynamic R1 institution that
has an exceptional impact on the world. Despite its relative youth,
Carnegie Mellon consistently ranks in the top 25 US national
universities. CMU is a global, research-intensive university with
more than 14,000 students, more than 110,000 living alumni,
approximately 5,000 faculty and staff, and over 100 research
centers. It is a place of creativity, entrepreneurship, pragmatism,
and ambition, with a tradition of strategically focusing its
efforts and resources in areas where it can lead, then pursuing
those areas with startling intensity. The Carnegie Mellon Institute
for Security and Technology is just such a strategic
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University’s home for the study of humanities and
social science, Dietrich College is the academic home for this new
interdisciplinary institute, which includes established graduate
and undergraduate programs in international relations and political
science. Dietrich College also houses world-class interdisciplinary
programs in areas such as rhetoric; second language acquisition,
statistics, and data science; cognitive and social psychology;
neuroscience; philosophy of science, logic and computation; and
Pittsburgh’s Cultural Dynamism and Technology Hub
The city of Pittsburgh is a vibrant hub of technology and creative
thinking. Some 177,000 people work in Pittsburgh’s tech-related
industries, and the city continues to attract top entrepreneurs,
especially in robotics and software engineering. Google, Uber,
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and a wide range of other major tech
companies are all here, and there is also a lively ecosystem of
tech start-ups with Carnegie Mellon roots, such as Duolingo, IAM
Robotics, DataSquid, or AbiliLife, among many others. This is a
place of energy, entrepreneurship, and community spirit.
Consistently ranked among the most affordable places to live, the
city of Pittsburgh is also well known for its culture. Carnegie
Mellon University boasts the top drama and theatre arts school in
the country, whose alumni include Holly Hunter, Billy Porter,
Judith Light, Ted Danson, and Zachary Quinto. Outstanding drama
performances are staged at the University and throughout the city,
supported by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. World-class museums
include the Carnegie Science Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural
History, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra performs at Heinz Hall, and t here are nineteen branches
of Andrew Carnegie’s famous public library. The city has a
wonderful zoo and aquarium, and there is no more enthusiastic
sports town than Pittsburgh, whose residents root for the Steelers,
the Penguins, and the Pirates with unparalleled devotion.
The Director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and
Technology seeks a special assistant with the ability to support
research and administrative efforts in security and technology at
the Institute. This position involves doing analytical research,
writing, and editing on emerging technologies and national and
international security. The special assistant will support the
director and the institute in a range of research and
administrative activities that may vary over time, including
writing under deadline, helping to host senior visitors,
occasionally traveling (especially between Washington and
Pittsburgh) and organizing, supporting, and staffing major events.
CMIST has locations in both Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. A
fast-paced job, this position will afford the opportunity to learn
and absorb new skills, to burnish the individual’s network and
knowledge of emerging technologies, at a university that is at the
cutting edge in developing them.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, in a relevant field.
- Two years of relevant work experience, including internships or
other analytical work.
- Outstanding writing skills, including excellent grammar,
spelling, self-editing and fact-checking
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Exceptional research skills, including the ability to track
down sources (online or physical), do fact-checking, conduct
interviews, deal with publishers, call key sources.
- Experience with copyediting and reviewing long
- Eagerness to learn and a quick study in areas that are
- Prior academic or professional experience writing and
researching in a relevant field (e.g., security studies, political
science, international relations, military innovation, the history
of technology, emerging technologies, engineering, robotics,
biotech, computer science or other related areas).
- Conscientious work ethic and an ability to work collaboratively
in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong organizational, multitasking and time management skills,
including the ability to juggle multiple projects.
- Willingness to undertake a range of administrative tasks, if
and as required.
- Discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality;
- Successful background check.
- Legal right to work in the United States.
- Master’s degree in a relevant area of study. (e.g., security
studies, political science, international relations, military
innovation, the history of technology, emerging technologies,
engineering, robotics, biotech, computer science or other related
- Experience interacting with senior leaders--military, academic,
corporate, or policymakers.
- Project management experience.
- Publications in well-known and relevant outlets.
- Training and experience in data analysis and
- Federal government, think tank, or military experience.
HOW TO APPLY
- Willingness to work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh
and/or out of the CMIST office in Washington, DC.
- Some flexible remote work will be permitted, as mutually agreed
with the director.
- You should be able to travel both domestically and
internationally and be willing to work outside of normal business
hours as needed.
Applications should be submitted electronically. They should
include the following:
- A one-page cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in
- A curriculum vitae.
- Up to two writing samples.
- Names, positions, and telephone numbers of two references
willing to speak to relevant qualifications and experience.
Staff – Regular
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