The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is seeking a highly qualified technical PhD interested translating science and technology (S&T) into policy. Ideal candidates will have a scientific or technical background and a desire to make a career change to S&T policy.  

Ideal candidates are capable of engaging in deep thought on complex issues and of thinking creatively and strategically about the future. Successful candidates are curious, creative, ambitious, and good communicators.

New hires undergo an initial, intensive 3-month training, in which they are immersed in daily discussions on a range of topics in S&T, national security, policy making, and forecasting. During training, fellows will be engaged in reading science fiction, thinking about the future impacts of S&T, following technology trends via primary literature, and writing a range of policy products. The goal of the training program is to prepare candidates for a career in science policy. 

The selected candidate is expected to read and assess technical literature, write technical material for a non-technical audience and provide policy recommendations based on thoughtful analysis of science and technology. As a part of our team, the candidate should possess the ability to research related topics and create consolidated material to present to the team and customers, identify trends in science and technology, conduct operational and technical analyses. Candidates will develop strategy and perform organizational planning for customers. This position requires hours of reading, lots of writing, and deep thinking about the impact of science and technology on society.

The selected candidate will be working in a creative, fast-paced environment, interacting with scientists and political scientists alike from various technical and non-technical backgrounds. The position involves team-oriented execution of time-dependent projects and research. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and must be organized with data collection, meeting presentations, and written material. Performs other duties as required and assigned.

Requirements:

  • Technical PhD with 0-5 years experience.
  • Works well in teams and individually on projects, papers, and products.
  • High level of initiative, independence, and ability to work unsupervised.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively interact with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in MS office products.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.

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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.

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