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Senior Research Fellow, Military Sciences

RUSI's  Military Sciences Research Group is seeking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow in Military Sciences, who will take a leading role in delivering an established and funded research and events programme, by combining research with practical experience and contextual awareness. As part of this work, Military Sciences staff engage with military, defence industrial and governmental stakeholders from the operational to the senior leadership level in the UK and overseas.

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest independent defence and security think tank. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical and original analysis to address today’s complex challenges.

About the Role

The research conducted by the Military Sciences group is at the forefront of defence and security analysis in Whitehall, and the specific role in question will help lead the team and the research agenda.

The successful applicant will be joining a team that has secured three years of funding to examine the utility of military power from strategic concepts to technical platforms. The successful applicant will join an established team of experts in the traditional Air, Land and Maritime domains as well as C4ISTAR and Space. Our aim is to contribute to public, media and policy discussions on military and defence matters by combining research with practical experience and contextual awareness.

Research seeks to develop an evidence-base to inform the policy and decision-making processes for future defence policy and Defence Reviews, as well as shaping military force development. Outputs are necessarily UK focused but international in scope, so this research is also intended to resonate with Allies and partners. 

This role will focus on delivering RUSI’s established portfolio of work on military matters, supporting the British and foreign militaries. Building on successful projects with various NATO allies, and examining the fighting doctrine of non-Western forces, the successful applicant will be delivering the research necessary to enable decisive approaches for warfare in the future. They will work closely with senior staff at RUSI, in the British military and in partner countries to convene and deliver workshops, seminars and conferences, conducting desk-based research and contribute to new publications. There will be the opportunity to develop your own specialist areas of research within the broader Military Sciences portfolio.

Job Description

The post reports to the Director, Military Sciences, and will have a key role in developing and delivering activities that support the core research question, as well as in advising leaders from across defence enterprises.  The successful applicant is the senior non-director in the research group and will be expected to contribute to the professional development of the team, as well as delivering on research questions.

  • Take a prominent role in the delivery the Martial Power research programme;
  • Develop and deliver the peacekeeping activities undertaken at the Institute;
  • Engage and support British and overseas military leaders;
  • Play a key role in the relationship management of major clients at very senior levels;
  • Execute and oversee research projects, including responsibility for budget management, and collaborating with other researchers to develop new ideas;
  • Contribute to published commentary and OpEds, as well as global media engagement;
  • Assist in the management and professional development of Military Sciences research group personnel;
  • Publish research, participate in conferences, seminars and other events;
  • Contribute research expertise to other Institute research projects where appropriate; and
  • Contribute to identifying and obtaining further research funding.


Person Specification

  • You will have evidenced expertise in military, defence and security matters, and a postgraduate qualification in a related field (or equivalent professional experience);
  • You are likely to already have experience of working with militaries or defence matters (in excess of 10 years) in one of the following fields: military service, government, advocacy, think tanks, the private sector or academia.
  • You will be comfortable communicating with stakeholders from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and with broad variations in seniority;
  • You will be able to demonstrate research expertise in an area military matters, as measured by (a) record of significant publication outputs and (b) recognition by external peers (for example, invited to meetings because of expertise, cited in other publications);
  • You will have excellent analytical skills, research methodologies and ethics, and possess an organised approach to research;
  • You display initiative and personal responsibility in all aspects of your professional life, and are comfortable working independently;
  • You will be willing to contribute to the public understanding of your field, including through media engagements, and are able to present complex issues in an engaging and clear way; and
  • You are comfortable working in teams, and have well-developed interpersonal skills.

You should have the right to work in the United Kingdom. You should be willing to travel internationally, should your work demand it.

Salary and Benefits

This position is a full time permanent position with a salary range of between £44,000 and £56,000 per annum depending on experience and qualifications. RUSI offers several additional benefits, including a pension scheme (6% employer contribution) and a travel season ticket loan, as well as free access to RUSI’s world-leading programme of events and conferences, research materials and library.  

RUSI is based in Whitehall in the heart of London, close to government and the amenities of central London. Charing Cross station (underground and national rail) and other underground stations are a short walk away.

Equal Opportunities

At RUSI you will be appreciated and valued. Our projects and stakeholders are international and diverse so we work really hard to create inclusive teams that support our efforts and each other. We therefore encourage you to apply regardless of your socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender or disability. RUSI’s values can be found here:

Application Process

  • To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter stating why you consider that you are suitable for the role to Michael Codner, Director of Personnel Services, at The closing date for applications is 30 June 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.
  • Reference: RUSI-SRFMS
  • Opening Date for Applications: 24 May 2019
  • Location: RUSI Whitehall
  • Salary: £44,000 to £56,000
  • Apply By: 30 June 2019 - 5:30pm
RUSI Whitehall
£44,000 to £56,000
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Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 5:30pm

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