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Department of Defense

National Defense University

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS)



·         Open & closing dates
  • 03/27/2020 to 04/27/2020
·         Service


·         Pay scale & grade

AD 3

·         Salary

$113,132 to $131,049 per year

·         Appointment type


·         Work schedule




1 vacancy in the following location:


Washington, DC


Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


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The Public.




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National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint war fighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

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Research: The RF conducts directed and independent research and produces scholarly studies and strategic analyses involving Iran, the Levant and Turkey activities that impact US national security strategy, defense policy, and U.S. and regional military force assessments. The RF is expected to produce 2 original, high-quality research articles annually that are published in peer-reviewed journals. The RF also participates in collaborative relationships as a member of an INSS/CSR group or research teams.

Teaching Joint Professional Military Education (JPME): The RF directly supports teaching and contributes to the intellectual community of JPME institutions in general and to the National Defense University in particular. RF efforts will include teaching in core or elective courses at one of the NDU graduate colleges, developing curricula, collaborating on programs targeting students, faculty, and/or staff development, or significant student mentoring or advisory programs.

Engagement with Senior National Security Leaders: The RF interacts with and presents study and research results to senior Department of Defense officials in Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commands, and other government agencies and civilian institutions and businesses. The RF delivers oral briefings, organizes & participates in roundtables, workshops or conferences, and prepares and disseminates event/trip reports and other analytical products to DoD and other relevant USG agencies.

Research Support: The RF is expected to be collaborative and collegial as a matter of routine. She/he provides timely and helpful formal & informal peer reviews of other CSR Fellows’ research monographs, and participates in INSS internal briefings, conferences, brown-bag events and other activities as required.

Administrative Requirements & Professional Behavior: The RF is expected to routinely complete conference, travel, country clearance requests, travel vouchers, trip reports and other administrative forms and tasks that are integral to conducting research and teaching. She/he also will adhere to all EEO, ethical, Merit System Principles and DoD Standards of Conduct.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel 20-30% for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


·  Job family (Series)

0101 Social Science


Conditions of Employment

Background or Security Investigation: This is a critical sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security determination to occupy a critical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a U.S. Citizen


To qualify for this position, you must:

Have a record of written analyses in peer-reviewed professional publications, books, or reports on topics of strategic and security studies and related matters involving: Iran, the Levant and Turkey and on the implications for U.S. national security policy and defense plans; or as a practitioner with 5 or more years of experience working within the U.S. national security policy community or an international equivalent.

Have a broad understanding of, and some operational experience in, international or regional security affairs, defense policy, and military issues. Has a record of some interaction with senior officials in the Department of Defense, other USG agencies, and foreign governments related to U.S. national security, defense strategy, the workings of the Department of Defense, and the inter-agency policymaking process.

Have participated in the design and management of major scholarly research projects, government policy reviews, or other analytic efforts, with limited supervision, that have produced influential outputs. Demonstrates knowledge of relevant scholarly research methodologies and a documented ability to apply these and other analytical tools in quality manner on general strategic and security studies and on those involving Iran, the Levant and Turkey in particular.

Have produced and presented some balanced, objective strategic analyses based on empirical data collection and detailed scholarly research. Has briefed results to mid-to-senior level US government officials or their international counterparts.

Have contributed materially to the development of a course curriculum or taught at the undergraduate level in relevant areas involving international affairs, national security policy and decision-making; and, about strategic and security topics involving Iran, the Levant and Turkey.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in an appropriate discipline such as international relations/affairs, public policy, or national security affairs (preferred) with specific focus on the Middle East, Levant, Iran and Turkey.

Additional information

NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:
If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions.
The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel
The Assessment Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies: You MUST submit a separate WORD Document answering the below questions:

  1. Describe your experience in conducting scholarly research and your record of generating original articles for peer-reviewed publication on/about Iran, the Levant and Turkey. Identify your most noteworthy publication and why you believe it to be a notable contribution.
  2. Describe your operational understanding of and personal experience with U.S. defense policy and military issues involving Iran, the Levant and Turkey. Also describe experiences working within the U.S. national security, defense strategy, and policy decision making institutions on these topics. What would you identify as your most significant interaction(s) with U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Federal Government (USG) agencies in these past engagements?
  3. Describe your relationships and professional interactions with colleagues, U.S. and foreign government officials and military officers, officials of international organizations, academics and/or private sector professionals involved in security matters concerning Iran, the Levant and Turkey. Describe the level of these interactions.
  4. Describe your experience in preparing and presenting material resulting from research analyses to varied DoD and other USG audiences. Identify your most significant experience with presenting such material to senior leaders in these venues. Then, describe your past experience research teams producing these analyses and presentations.
  5. Describe your ability and experience with teaching and/or developing curricula for use in either undergraduate or graduate-level education. Identify the types of education support you provided, in what subjects, and for what organizations. Indicate to what extent your teaching or education support concerned broader topics of international relations and security as well as about Iran, the Levant and Turkey security-related matters.
  6. Describe your knowledge, if any, about the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) System.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Top Secret

Drug test required


Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.

  1. SF-50 – (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  2. If you claim Veteran’s Preference:
    – You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”, showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
    – If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    – If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans’ preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans’ preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) “Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference” and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  3. Other documents identified in the announcement.

WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online’ to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Agency contact information

HR Customer Care Center


(317) 212-0454



National Defense University
300 5th Avenue Bldg 62
Washington, DC 20319

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. ALL eligible applicants will be referred to NDU which will convene a board to review all of the applicants. NDU will contact the applicants directly they would like to interview. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.


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