Senior Fellow

  • People Management
  • Washington, D.C., USA

Website Center for Security & Emerging Technology

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Senior Fellows are vital to CSET’s mission. They provide mentorship and intellectual leadership; shape and potentially lead lines of inquiry and research projects aligned to our research priorities; and facilitate engagements with government, military, academic, and industry leaders.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal Senior Fellow candidate is motivated by CSET’s mission to prepare the next generation of policy decision-makers and connect policymakers to high-quality analysis of emerging technologies and their national security implications. They share lessons learned from their experiences in public service, academia or the private sector, and provide mentorship and coaching for researchers aspiring to careers in public service.

Successful candidates are particularly interested in designing research that aligns with CSET’s mission and pressing policy needs, providing inputs into research formulation/methodologies, and guiding CSET authors as they create well-written, analytically sound products. Effective Senior Fellows have superb listening, coaching, mentoring (formal, informal and situational), and collaboration skills, enjoy being a part of a team, and are passionate about shaping the next generation of national security policymakers from a variety of different educational and ideological backgrounds.

Senior Fellows possess graduate degrees (Master’s, PhD, or JD) and typically have 5+ years in GS-15, SES/SIS, HQE, or O-7+ level roles or equivalent in the US Government, civilian or military (or equivalent in the private sector).


Mentorship and Coaching of Researchers: 

  • Coach and mentor researchers in general analytic and research tradecraft and provide specific support on designated lines of research, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the professional development of CSET researchers to prepare them for future opportunities in government service.
  • Share applicable experiences and lessons learned from public service.

Research/Thought Leadership: 

  • Develop, shape, and potentially lead lines of research and projects related to CSET’s mission, both individually and in collaboration with Research Fellows, Research Analysts, Data Scientists, and leadership.
  • Contribute to outputs from research projects, both as a coach/reviewer or as a coauthor in both cross-cutting and specific lines of research
  • Monitor developments in national security policy and provide essential contextual insights to CSET researchers.

Policymaker and Stakeholder Engagement: 

  • Engage policymakers on topics related to emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced computing with a focus on national security implications.
  • Promote and facilitate collaboration with outside experts and institutional partners, including representation in public panels, media engagement, and research opportunities on emerging technology policy.

Potential lines of research include, but are not limited to, the study and exploration of the following:

  • AI accidents, safety, standards, testing, evaluation, verification, and validation to learn when systems work well, fail, and how to predict and mitigate these failures;
  • Authoritarian state-led development and implementation of emerging technologies in military or critical civilian industries, using primary original-language source analysis (e.g., Russian, Chinese), monitoring indicators and warning signals, and developing mitigation strategies for both the public and private sectors to protect technology, promote democratic values, and enhance national security;
  • Empowering and advancing U.S. and worldwide research, development, and innovation ecosystems to effectively implement democratic values in security contexts by fully leveraging federal, state, local, tribal, philanthropic, academic, non-profit, and private industrial actor strengths and by carefully navigating and mitigating their weaknesses;
  • Applying existing policy levers (including sanctions lists, export controls, CIFIUS) as well as exploring potential new levers to effectively manage transfers of sensitive technologies and intellectual property, as well as protect critical supply chains while fostering an innovative research and development ecosystem in the US, its allies, and partner nations;
  • Innovative approaches to technology alliances and diplomacy that strengthen the ability of democratic entities to create and maintain strategic advantage through AI using a broad range of coordinated tools and partnerships, such as coordinated monitoring, strategic standard setting, multilateral approaches to technology protection.

Examples of our current work in these and other areas are detailed in the CSET reading guide.


  • Graduate (Master’s, JD, PhD) degree in relevant field
  • 5 years of public service
  • 10 years of policymaking, research and development leadership, corporate leadership roles, or analysis experience, with multiple years in senior roles
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Comfort working in a matrixed/multi-disciplinary environment
  • Project or team management experience
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven

This position is based in the United States and offers no relocation assistance. This position is not eligible for a specialty-occupation sponsorship and, accordingly, this position requires that all applicants be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship from Georgetown University.


Having experience in one or two of these items would be welcome:

  • Experience in science and technology policy
  • Familiarity with testing and evaluation methods and practices
  • Extensive experience within the Departments of Defense, State, Commerce (including NIST), Energy, and/or senior corporate or technical leadership within the private sector
  • Highly comfortable with emerging technologies either with technical training or extensive experience leading technical teams or dealing with technology policy at senior levels.
  • Federal service at or above the GS-15, FP-1, or O-7 level, or equivalent senior leadership experience within relevant corporations, Non-Governmental Organizations, or federally funded research and development centers

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