Job Vacancy: “Research Fellow Security and Defence – Security Unit”, Deadline February 10 (Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands)

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Through our analyses, training and public debate we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses and civil society in order to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world.  

The Institute has three departments: Research, Academy and the Corporate Staff. Within the Research Department’s Security Unit we are looking for a

Research Fellow Security and Defence – Security Unit

36 hours per week (full time)

The Security Unit conducts research on the nature and character of security challenges for the world – more specifically for Europe and the Netherlands – and the ability to deal with them. Security is understood as a broad concept in terms of threats and opportunities as well as the actors involved at the national and international level. Modern conflicts often involve a combination of military and non-military means – together constituting hybrid challenges that require a broad set of response options. These vary from diplomacy to defence policy and from using classical military power to counter-hybrid capabilities. The Security Unit is looking for more dedicated expertise to study, comment and advice on these broad security challenges and response options.

Job description

The Security Unit is looking for a talented, highly motivated Research Fellow to support research activities along the lines of work listed above. The Research Fellow will work in close consultation with the Head of the Security Unit and (Senior) Research Fellows on security & defence, strategic foresight and connected security – the three Programmes of the Unit. He/she would furthermore be expected to actively engage with other colleagues within the Research Department as well as with the Academy and the Corporate Staff.

Relevant tasks are:

  • To lead and conduct research as part of the multi-disciplinary research programmes of the Security Unit. This involves management of internal, external, or mixed research teams, coordination of research inputs throughout the project cycle, communication with clients and partners, under the supervision of a Senior Research Fellow.
  • To plan, prepare and conduct research on security matters with a broad focus of security threats, opportunities and responses (diplomacy, defence, hybrid, etc.).
  • To contribute to the acquisition of research projects, to develop and write research proposals in response to client requests and tenders.
  • Dissemination of research output, through publications, consultations, working groups, expert meetings, etc.
  • As required, to respond to media requests in the Research Fellow’s area of expertise.
  • Following debates and contributing to events (conferences, seminars, debates, etc.) on topics in the area of competence.

Qualifications and experience

Candidates who meet the following requirements will be considered for the position:

  • Master’s degree in modern history, political science or international relations.
  • Relevant working experience in the public or private sector, academia or think-tanks.
  • Knowledge of security issues in the broadest sense.
  • Knowledge of security actors, such as diplomats, armed forces, and security services.
  • Knowledge of hybrid threats and challenges as well as ways and means of response will be appreciated.
  • Knowledge of or affinity with issues related to arms control regimes would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to deliver tailored analyses and relevant advice to policymakers. 
  • Proven analytical, writing and briefing skills that are supported by publications, reports, articles and/or blogs. 
  • Proven ability at networking and working with clients and research partners.
  • Expertise in gathering and analysing qualitative data, including conducting interviews and consulting subject matter expert groups. Expertise in analysing quantitative data and visualization thereof is desirable.
  • Fluent in Dutch and English. Strong Dutch and English writing skills.
  • Service minded, excellent social skills, capable of reaching deadlines.
  • Capable of working independently on the basis of instructions, but also a team player.
  • Network-oriented, feeling at home in an international research environment.


The salary depends on the level of education and working experience; guideline is scale 10 / 11 CAO Rijk based on a 36-hour working week. The contract is initially valid for a period of one year with the option on renewal.


You can apply via the ‘Apply-now button at the top of this vacancy. Deadline for response is 10 February 2023.

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