Associate Researcher at the Freeman Air and Space Institute (FASI) at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

The successful candidate will join a growing team at the Freeman Air and Space Institute (FASI), School of Security Studies, King’s College London, during an exciting time in its development. The post holder will be responsible for conducting original research and analysis on current and emerging air and space issues, and working with the Director, Executive Director and other staff to support the growing portfolio of activities of FASI.

Examples of subjects relevant to the position: strategy, doctrine and air and space operations; integrated air and missile defence; future air and space combat power; artificial intelligence and air/space operations; deterrence in the air and space domains; and the public-private dimensions of air and space policy and procurement.

The post holder should ideally have a PhD in a subject related to air and space power, although strong applications from candidates with a PhD in contemporary non-air/space topics within the broader field of strategic studies will also be appreciated. taken into account.

The selection process will include a criteria-based shortlisting process and a panel interview. Interviews will take place the week following the closing date if possible.

This position will be offered on a full-time fixed-term contract until November 2024.

Main responsibilities

  • Conduct and publish original research on contemporary/future aviation and space policy and security issues as agreed with the FASI Director and Executive Director.
  • Manage the ordering and editing process for FASI publications, including liaison with authors, the peer review process, proofreading, and related promotional and marketing events.
  • Contribute to providing a range of educational opportunities in the field of air and space power, including in the field of postgraduate research and executive training.
  • Contribute to the internal and external visibility of the Institute, including leading the organization of certain events, managing social media and appearing in the media as needed.
  • Contribute to the management of air and space power research by contributing directly to FASI research outputs, including working with visiting researchers as required.
  • Engage with a range of key stakeholders in the UK and overseas to maximize synergies in the study and analysis of air and space power.
  • Contribute to FASI knowledge transfer and capacity building activities as directed by the Institute leadership.
  • Support the identification and pursuit of opportunities to secure external funding for FASI from a wide range of potential stakeholders.
  • Attend and, where appropriate, present research findings and papers at internal meetings and external professional events and conferences.
  • Work as a conscientious and committed member of the team to achieve project goals.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. Degree in a relevant subject.

2. PhD in a relevant field. Please note that this is a post-doctoral role and requires a PhD. Applicants who do not have a PhD or who have not yet submitted their doctoral thesis and have been reviewed will not be considered.

3. Knowledge of air and space power and related relevant topics, which may include, but is not necessarily limited to: air/space strategy, doctrine and operations; future air and space combat power; artificial intelligence and air/space operations; deterrence in the air and space domains; ethics in the use of air and space power and the public-private dimensions of air and space policy and procurement.

4. Excellent presentation skills.

5. Experience in producing research in the field of air and space power or contemporary non-air/space topics within the broader field of strategic studies.

6. Desire to promote the subject at all levels.

Desirable criteria

1. Evidence of ability to manage administrative tasks and processes using standard Microsoft packages including Excel.

2. Experience in implementing air and space power capacity building activities.

3. Experience in the field of communications and media.

4. Event management experience and facilitation skills.

Please note that this is a PhD level position, however applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their PhD will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be in 5th year, spine 30 with the title of research assistant. Upon confirmation of the PhD award, the job title will change to Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

The selection process will include a criteria-based shortlisting process and a panel interview.

For an informal chat to find out more about the role, please contact: Dr David Jordan, [email protected]