Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow, Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC)

The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) invites applications for a unique combination administrative and research position to support the Center’s growing portfolio of scholarly and other activities.  Significant teaching opportunities may be available as well.

This initial three year appointment will be equally divided between assisting the Director and the principals with various aspects of NDISC’s expanding administrative portfolio – particularly our new Hans J. Morgenthau Fellows program -- while pursuing a robust research agenda in some aspect of “Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy.” 

By grand strategy, we mean some aspect of where, when, and how states (as well as armed groups) consider using military force among other instruments of statecraft to achieve foreign policy goals, broadly defined. We seek candidates whose work applies the very best scholarship to the most pressing issues facing the United States in the 21st Century and does so in a way that broadens the intellectual and practical discussion of the issues in innovative ways. In addition to having first-rate scholarly credentials, the ideal candidate will also have an interest in applying their scholarly work to some aspect of the formulation and implementation of grand strategy.

The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and significant professional support. The initial appointment is for up to three years. We are particularly eager to receive applications from women and minority scholars.

All applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest outlining not only the candidate’s administrative experience and interest but also their research agenda and scholarly objectives for the period of their appointment, a brief (10,000 words) writing sample, and have three reference letters. Applicants who also wish to be considered for the NDISC post-doctoral fellowship should apply through Interfolio.  Applications received by January 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Please direct any further questions about this position to Michael Desch at