Employment Opportunities

VERTIC is presently looking to appoint two new members of staff. For the Senior Researcher role advertised on 21 January 2019, please scroll down the page.


Posted: 28 January 2018
Status: No longer accepting applications
Location: Head Office, London

1. Summary

VERTIC is looking to appoint an Associate Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures Programme. This post is based in our London office and is opened to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals.

The National Implementation Measures or NIM Programme, established in 2008, advises States worldwide on national implementation of their obligations under international legal instruments. These agreements include the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions; the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Facilities; the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism; the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources; other instruments for the security of nuclear and other radioactive material; as well as UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004). We have more recently expanded into assisting countries with national implementation of the International Health Regulations and Codex Alimentarius (One Health), as well as international instruments for the sound management of chemicals and their wastes.

The NIM Programme raises awareness about the instruments mentioned above and provides cost-free legislative assistance and advice to interested States, including the review of existing legislation and support in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals.

1.1 Reports to:

The Programme Director for National Implementation unless otherwise directed.

1.2 Responsible for:

Interns in the NIM Programme, when delegated by the Programme Director, Senior Legal Officer or Legal Officer.

2. Functions and responsibilities:

In consultation with and under the supervision of the Legal Officer, Senior Legal Officer and Programme Director, the Associate Legal Officer will:

  • provide legislative assistance to States on national implementation of international agreements relevant to the Programme by preparing legal analyses of implementing legislation; contributing to the development of legislative drafting tools; providing drafting assistance remotely and during workshops; presenting at awareness-raising and drafting workshops; and liaise with government officials regarding our legislative assistance;
  • co-ordinate assistance with other legislative assistance providers, related international governmental organisations, other non-governmental organisations and individuals as appropriate;
  • represent the NIM programme at international conferences and treaty meetings;
  • produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organisations; and conduct other research tasks as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer;
  • communicate the findings of his or her work to the public through the publishing of reports, articles in newspapers and journals, interviews with print and broadcast media and lectures and seminars. The successful candidate will also update online content as agreed with the Programme Director or Senior Legal Officer.

Furthermore, the Associate Legal Officer will:

  • implement programme coordination and delivery strategies under the direction of the Programme Director;
  • implement financial management policies under the guidance of the Programme Director;provide assistance to the Programme Director and the Senior Legal Officer in raising funds for the programme;provide input to project grant reports.

3. Required attributes:

3.1 Education

Advanced university degree in law (Master’s, JD, LLM or PhD)

3.2 Experience

At least one year of experience working on international legal issues in a non-governmental, intergovernmental or governmental organisation, or in a university.

4. Highly valued experience:

Applicants that demonstrate experience in the areas below will receive high scores in the longlisting process:

  • Legal research, analysis and writing experience;
  • Excellent understanding of and experience in public international law.
  • Good understanding of national implementation obligations of international instruments;
  • Good understanding of international legal instruments concerning chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological (CBRN) weapons and the security of CBRN materials;
  • Excellent communication skills including some experience in presenting at conferences, symposia or workshops.

5. Preferred experience:

Demonstrated experience in the areas below will also be considered in the longlisting process:

  • Legislative drafting experience;
  • Ability to build and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders;
  • Experience in organising and running events and workshops;
  • Project management and fundraising;
  • Publications.

6. Languages:

Fluency in English is essential. Russian, French or Spanish language skills would be an asset.

7. Other considerations:

The post-holder will be based in VERTIC’s London office. He or she will be required to work irregular but compensated hours, primarily during various global work missions.

In return, we offer:

A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience;
Pension scheme;
Flexible working hours;
Resettlement support;
Access to a shared education and training budget; and
24 days annual leave allowance.

7.1 When to apply?

Please submit your application by 22 February 2019, no later than midnight, UK time.

7.2 Starting date

As soon as possible after appointment.

7.3 What we require for the application:

Please submit one letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and two references to vertic[at]vertic.org. Applicants who already submitted their application for the position of Legal Officer, opened from 26 September 2018 to 26 October 2018, do not need re-send their application and should only notify VERTIC of their interest in the position.

7.4 And finally…

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note that VERTIC employs a strict ranking system when shortlisting candidates. If you do not fulfil the required skills and experience listed above, you will not be shortlisted. Please ensure that your letter of intent covers all required, preferred and desired skills and experience.


Posted: 21 January 2019
Status: No longer accepting applications
Location: Head Office, London

1. Summary:

VERTIC is looking to appoint a Senior Researcher into its Verification and Monitoring Programme (VMP). The role involves leading one or more key activity streams within the Programme’s broad and growing portfolio as well as contributing to other projects.

The VMP develops verification and monitoring options to enable countries to work together confidently to tackle pressing international challenges. The scope of our work covers a range of ongoing and emerging issues within the security and development sectors. These include nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; use of chemical weaponry; risks within the biotech industry; the accumulation of conventional and advanced weapons; sustainable development, new digital technologies; advanced computing and AI; new manufacturing processes; and space assets.

To achieve our aims, we carry out inter-disciplinary policy and technical research, training, and develop new tools. We engage with a wide range of actors from government, IGOs, military, academia, civil society and the private sector. Our work results in practical benefits and impacts in the areas on which we focus. The organisation retains a reputation for providing innovative, impartial, technically-oriented analysis and assistance to the international community.

The Senior Researcher position requires expertise across the functions listed below, experience in non-proliferation and arms control, and a highly proactive and inquiring approach.

1.1 Reports to:

Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring.

1.2 Responsible for:

Researchers, Research Assistants and Interns, as agreed with the Programme Director.

2. Functions and responsibilities

2.1 Conducting and overseeing:

  • Development of project research frameworks and methodologies;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research and assessments;
  • Drafting of papers for use in publications and other media;
  • Presentations and discussions of research findings at workshops and conferences;
  • The organisation of in-country issue development or capacity-building workshops;
  • Development of new tools to assist stakeholders throughout the sector.

2.2 In cooperation with other senior staff:

  • Administering grants including through drafting funder reports;
  • Monitoring project budgets;
  • Generating new ideas and developing project and budget proposals for fundraising purposes; and
  • Contributing to central organisational functions and administrative tasks as necessary.

3. Required attributes:

Applicants that do not meet the below requirements will not be considered for the post.

3.1 Education

Master’s Degree or Doctorate in natural sciences, engineering, political sciences or security studies or related areas

3.2 Experience

At least four years experience working on nuclear, chemical, biological or conventional weapons in the government, security, IGO, academic, civil society or private sector.

4. Highly valued experience:

Applicants that demonstrate experience in the areas below will receive high scores in the longlisting process:

  • Developing and managing research projects (including developing research methodologies and preparing and managing budgets);
  • Nuclear fuel cycle modelling, including the use of platforms such as SCALE and the ORION fuel cycle modelling computer code (or similar); and
  • Database conceptualisation and implementation.

5. Preferred experience:

Demonstrated experience in the areas below will also be considered in the longlisting process:

  • A background in nuclear physics or engineering or, alternatively, in the biological and chemical sciences;
  • Developing fundraising proposals to governments and foundations using an opportunity-focused approach;
  • Experience of organising international or in-country workshops; and
  • A strong publications record and with associated presentations.

Applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged.

6. In return, we offer:

  • A competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience;
  • 24 days annual leave allowance.
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Resettlement support;
  • Pension scheme;
  • Access to a shared education and training budget;

To apply, please submit a CV, covering letter, and details of two referees by midnight 15 February 2019 to vertic@vertic.org with email header ‘Application – Senior Researcher – VM.’

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer. Please note that non-EU based candidates would need to have the right to work in the UK to apply for this post.