Employment Opportunities

Researcher or Research Assistant

VERTIC is looking to appoint a Researcher or Researcher Assistant into its Verification and Monitoring Programme (VMP). This post is based in London and is initially open to UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals. If no suitable candidates are found, we will open up the post for Tier 2 (General) visa applicants—VERTIC is a licensed sponsor under the scheme.

The VMP develops verification and monitoring solutions to enable countries to work together confidently when tackling challenging international issues. These include non-proliferation and security issues related to nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons at the state and non-state actor level; emerging technology; cyberspace and sustainable development. Work on these subject areas involves technical, policy and legal research and engagement with government and IGO officials, diplomats, regulators, R&D, military, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The programme is presently in a period of increased demand for its services. It is looking to fill two or three posts before year-end 2018. This is the first appointment in this series.

The role and its responsibilities

Researchers are supporting roles in our organisation and are mostly engaged in project delivery. They conduct research on the verification and monitoring of agreements relevant to the programme. They also produce reports, chapters and articles to be published by VERTIC and other organizations. Researchers conduct other tasks as agreed with the Programme Director, such as participation in the organisation and implementation of programme meetings abroad. If agreed with the Programme Director, a researcher may also supervise and manage programme research assistants or staff.
The role will involve working on one or more projects across the Programme’s current portfolio. The person will also contribute to bringing in work in new or existing areas. The position will involve gaining experience in the full range of activities involved in driving forward an independent technically-focused non-governmental organization.

Reports to

The Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring

Responsible for

The position does not entail personnel or budget responsibilities.

Skills and experience


Required experience:

Applicants that do not meet the required experience will not be considered for the position.
  • Advanced degree (Master’s Degree or Doctorate) in natural sciences, engineering, political sciences or security studies or related areas.
  • For Researcher grade, the candidate should have at least two year’s experience working on relevant issues in government, security, IGO, academic or private sector;
  • For Research Assistant grade, one year’s experience is required.

Preferred experience:

Experience that receives preferential scores in VERTIC’s recruitment assessment scale.
  • Demonstrated research using a variety of methodologies and approaches, evidenced by a publications track record;
  • Experience working with issues related to nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons at the state and non-state actor level
  • Experience presenting research findings at workshops and international conferences; and
  • Experience engaging on substantive and logistical project issues with project stakeholders and partners.

Desired experience:

Experience that receives scores in VERTIC’s recruitment assessment scale.
  • Experience working with issues related to emerging technology; cyberspace and sustainable development;
  • Experience in event organisation;
  • Demonstrable ability to be a productive team player while working on multiple projects with differing priorities, deadlines and activities;
  • Awareness of and curiosity in policy and technical issues;
  • Experience with In-country capacity building or issue development workshops
  • Experience with reporting to funders and general grant administration

In return, we offer:

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

When to apply?

Please submit your application by Sunday, 30 September 2018, no later than midnight, UK time. Interviews are likely to be held in the week starting Monday, 8 October 2018.

Starting date:

As soon as possible after appointment.

What we require for the application:

Please submit one letter of intent, your curriculum vitae, and two references to vertic[at]vertic.org.

And finally...

VERTIC is an equal opportunities employer. However, applications from women candidates are strongly encouraged as are those from candidates with degrees in the natural sciences or engineering.
Please note that VERTIC employs a strict ranking system when shortlisting candidates. If you do not fulfil the required experience, above, you will not be shortlisted. When conducting our ranking, we will weigh the preferred experience more substantially than the desired experience. Please ensure that your letter of intent and your CV covers all required, preferred and desired qualifications.