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Stanton Chair Professor of Nuclear Security at MIT

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, invites applications for a senior faculty appointment starting September 2019 or thereafter. The appointment will be at the tenured professor level as the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security.

The Department is a world leader in the design and application of nuclear technology for the benefit of society and the environment. Its faculty teaches and carries out research in fields ranging from fundamental nuclear science to practical applications in energy, security, and other fields. We are seeking exceptional candidates who are internationally recognized scientists or engineers with an established record of distinguished research and leadership in nuclear security. Nuclear security research should be interpreted broadly to include the many ways nuclear technology has or might challenge national or international security. These include nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, treaty verification and safeguards, strategic stability, and nuclear terrorism. Examples of specific research areas include applications of new technologies to detection of clandestine nuclear activities, technical assessment of emerging fuel-cycle technologies for proliferation, passive interrogation of commercial cargoes for smuggled material, and technically based proposals for mitigating well-established dangers.

Faculty duties will include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research, and supervision of graduate students.

Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to navigate political constraints and shape policy choices from technical research. A deep understanding of the field, including implications of technical work and how it is likely to influence choices or inform diplomatic initiatives is strongly desired. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent degree in an engineering or scientific field.

Applications are being accepted electronically at http://nse-search.mit.edu/. Each application must include: a curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three or more references, a two-page strategic statement of research interests, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and electronic copies of no more than three representative publications. Each candidate must also arrange for three or more reference letters to be uploaded electronically.

Recognizing MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in education, research and practice, minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications received before January 31, 2019 will be given priority.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer.

The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at LNSP

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Laboratory for Nuclear Security Policy (LNSP) is seeking applicants for the Stanton Fellowship in Nuclear Security. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $80,000/year and is intended to develop the next generation of leaders in technical aspects of nuclear security by supporting research that advances policy-relevant understanding of nuclear-security issues. 

Fellows work on a research projects at the intersection of technology and nuclear-security policy. Fellows may join an existing project or propose their own. Projects should take advantage of faculty expertise at LNSP and NSE.  Collaboration with members of the MIT Security Studies Program is also encouraged.

Fellows are required to produce an original, policy-relevant paper before the conclusion of the fellowship, preferably a publication in an academic journal. Fellows are also required present their work at the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Seminar hosted by the Stanton Foundation. Fellows are strongly encouraged to integrate themselves into the nuclear security community at MIT by giving seminars to colleagues and by collaborating on related projects.

Fellowships will generally be granted for one year, but can be extended to two years subject to mutual interest, funding, and satisfactory progress during the first year. Proposals for two-year projects may be submitted at the time of the initial application, however the applicant will still be required to produce a final paper prior to the conclusion of the first year.

Questions may be sent to nse-stanton@mit.edu.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in a related policy area by the inception of the fellowship.  Exceptionally well-qualified candidates who have appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research but who lack an advanced degree are welcome to apply, however please note that preference will be given to young scholars seeking to develop a career in the field.

Current MIT staff members are not eligible for this fellowship. Fellows are required to be in residence at MIT. Fellows are also required to adhere to MIT rules on intellectual property

Deadline and Application

This is an ongoing opportunity. Appointments will typically follow the academic year. Applications received by Dec 15, 2018 will be considered for fellowships in the 2019-2020 academic year beginning September 2019. Final selection of Fellows will occur by March 15th, 2019.

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