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Senior Research Fellow (Northeast Asia)

National Defense University
District of Columbia, United States
$127,033.00 - $160,873.00
Posted Date
Apr 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world.

  • U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

The Senior Research Fellow (SRF) serves in the CSR. His/her major duties and responsibilities are to support the INSS and CSR missions as follows:

  • Research: The SRF conducts directed and independent research and produces scholarly studies and strategic analyses involving Northeast Asia. The SRF is expected to produce 2 original, high-quality research articles annually that are published in peer-reviewed journals. The articles can be scholarly or policy oriented. The SRF follows rigorous scholarly protocols based on sound research methodology, and data collection and evaluation, to shape U.S. strategy and inform U.S. policy. This effort includes promoting research products through short articles, and opinion pieces/blog posts.
  • The SRF also participates in collaborative relationships as a member of an INSS/CSR group or research team assigned to examine a particular national security policy issue or question. The SRF keeps abreast of strategic studies, U.S. policy, and research activities in their area of expertise across the DoD, the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Services, other government agencies, industry, and academia. As required, the SRF travels to the region and domestically to attend meetings, conferences, and symposia to engage with DoD staff and agencies, Combatant Commands, government agencies, academic institutions, and businesses. The SRF ensures all actions contribute in a professional and positive manner to timely attainment of assigned group or team objectives.
  • Engagement: The SRF interacts with and presents study and research results to senior DoD officials on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commands, and other government agencies and civilian institutions and businesses. The SRF delivers oral briefings, organizes, or participates in briefings, roundtables, workshops, or conferences (or their equivalent), and prepares and disseminates event and trip report.
  • Teaching/JPME: The SRF contributes to the intellectual community of JPME institutions in general and to the National Defense University in particular. This effort includes teaching in core or elective courses at one of the NDU colleges, developing curricula, collaborating on programs targeting students, faculty, and/or staff development, or significant student mentoring or advisory programs. Teaching support is based on the needs of the colleges but also with consideration of SRF expertise and ongoing research plans.
  • University Service: The SRF is expected to provide support to research and scholarship across NDU. These activities include but are not limited to; conducting peer reviews of research and publications by other CSR Fellows, serving on a university/college hiring or promotion boards, maintaining an NDU-wide community of interest (COIs), participating in NDU academic and other programs to enhance student and faculty scholarship, supporting NDU senior leader engagements, and developing and hosting a conference and written report for the NDU community and DOD stakeholders.
  • Administrative Requirements: The SRF is expected to comply with all administrative requirements in an effective and timely manner. This standard includes completing conference, travel, and country clearance requests, travel vouchers, trip reports, training requirements, and other administrative forms and tasks as required.
Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of determining appropriate workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, testing, travel, and quarantine.
    1. EDUCATION: Ph.D from an accredited college or university or in an all but dissertation [ABD] status from a regionally accredited university (or international equivalents) in international relations/affairs, political science, public policy, or national security studies with a specific focus on Korea and Japan. Reading ability in at least one Northeast Asian language (preferably Korean or Japanese).
    2. RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS: Knowledge of scholarly research methodologies, demonstrated ability to identify, acquire, and analyze primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to strategic and security studies in general and about Korea and Japan in particular, and ability to lead research teams. Substantial record of quality peer-reviewed professional publications, books, or reports related to strategic and security studies involving Northeast Asia (Korean and Japan) and implications for U.S. national security policy and defense plans. OR, as a practitioner with at least 10 years professional experience, having held senior positions in government or the private sector with proven analytic skills and quality written reports for high-ranking officials.
    3. ENGAGEMENT: Has demonstrated experience engaging with senior U.S. government officials and international counterparts on international/regional security, defense policy, and military issues; and experience working within the U.S. national security, defense strategy, and policy decision-making institutions. Demonstrated experience preparing and/or presenting balanced, objective strategic analyses based on sound data collection and scholarly research techniques to DoD senior leaders and other Federal Government audiences. Has briefed civilian or military government officials, or their international counterparts.
    4. TEACHING & ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Experience in developing course curriculum and teaching graduate-level courses in relevant areas involving international affairs, national security policy and decision-making with an emphasis on strategic and security topics involving Korea and Japan. Strong understanding of U.S. national security and defense policies relating to Allies and the region.

    • Possess a completed doctorate degree at a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as international relations/affairs, political science, public policy, or national security affairs with a focus on Korea and Japan.
    • Proficiency in one Northeast Asian language (preferably Korean or Japanese).

    EDUCATION: Ph.D degree from an accredited college or university or in an all but dissertation [ABD] status from a regionally accredited university (or international equivalents) in international relations/affairs, political science, public policy, or national security studies with a specific focus on Korea and Japan. Reading ability in at least one Northeast Asian language (preferably Korean or Japanese).

    Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

    Additional information

    NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

    This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

    Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

    Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements descried in the qualifications section. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions.

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications. All conferred degrees and certifications should be included in your resume for full consideration
    2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other Supporting Documents - Refer to the eligibilities section for documents to submit.
    NOTE: Transcripts are not required at time of application submission. Your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel to evaluate your qualifications for the position. If selected for an interview, official transcripts will be requested at that time to verify educational requirements are met.

    Eligibilities Information: The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
    1. SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
    2. If you claim Veteran's Preference:
      - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
      - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
      - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
    3. Other documents identified in the announcement.
    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.


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