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Hoover National Security and Law Associate

By Benjamin Wittes
Friday, March 10, 2017, 1:22 PM

The Hoover Institution is looking for its next National Security and Law Associate, the position currently occupied by Jane Chong. The work includes extensive writing and editing for Lawfare. The job description is below and you can apply here.

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of National Security and Law Associate. The position is for a one-year fixed term and is located in Hoover’s Washington, DC Office.


JOB TITLE: Social Science Research Professional 3

JOB CODE: 4188



SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with Experience

TERM: One-year fixed term (9/1/17-8/31/18)

END OF POSTING: Until Filled

The National Security and Law Associate is a one-year term position for an aspiring lawyer seeking to jumpstart a career in the national security field. This position will serve as the Washington DC coordinator for the activities of the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law and its portal on the Lawfare website, Aegis. The position will be responsible for three major activities, but will include other duties as assigned. 1) Writing original national security law and policy content, and related editorial work, for Aegis, (2) research, writing, and editorial work in support of projects undertaken by Working Group co-chairs, and (3) helping to plan and coordinate Working Group events at the Hoover in Washington office.


  • Assist principal investigators/co-chairs with designing work product constituting a phase of a research project for which precedents are few.

  • Independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; select approaches in developing, testing, and evaluating new approaches.

  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).

  • Co-author all or sections of a report for publication or professional presentation with the work being reviewed by the principal investigator or faculty.

  • Collaborate with the principal investigator/co-chair to design a research approach of a project and/or integrate results of the entire project.

  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.

  • Formally supervise and train new staff or students, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Juris Doctor Degree required and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.

  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.

  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.

  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.

  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with human study participants.

  • Supervisory skills.


  • Demonstrated interest in, and some experience or expertise in, national security law.

  • Superior writing skills.