London Office

Research Assistant, Asian Energy Markets and Policies, Fixed-Term 3–6 Months

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant. The preferred location is our headquarters in central London; our office in Singapore could also be considered.


The Research Assistant will work on a study designed to help clients understand the economic and policy drivers, and anticipate the implications of, rapid change in the competition between gas, coal and renewables in a number of Asian economies.

Responsibilities include data collection and processing for policy analysis and modelling; collecting and analysing national policy papers; helping prepare external presentations and notes; taking responsibility for, plan and deliver complex analytical tasks. It is a junior but demanding role, suitable for a high-potential candidate.


Candidates must have (or be advanced students towards) a Master’s in economics, finance, engineering, or social sciences with strong analytical skills, from a world-class higher education institution.

The following skills and attitudes are required to succeed in this position:

  • Excellent level of spoken and written English;
  • Quantitative analysis skills; economic modelling an advantage;
  • Strong interest in public policy; knowledge of energy economics desirable;
  • Commitment, independence, organisation, self-motivation.


We offer the London living wage. (For Singapore, other conditions apply.)

The position is full-time, though we would consider part-time for an outstanding candidate. The term is at least 3 months and has potential to be renewed for a further 3 months, starting as soon as possible in 2017.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Closing date for applications is 16 January 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a one-page letter stating your skills, experience, motivations, citing Research Assistant Asian Energy Markets and Policies in the subject line, to  You are encouraged to send academic writing samples as well.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

Information Specialist

The International Institute for Strategic Studies is one of the world’s leading think tanks and the foremost authority on strategic and military capability globally. We are looking to recruit an energetic, dedicated information professional who is enthusiastic about providing high level support to our users.

Reporting to the Head of Knowledge and Information Services, the Information Specialist will provide high level support to researchers in our UK and international offices, based in the Central London office.

The IISS has had a library since its foundation in 1958, providing the Institute’s research staff with the information resources and services they need to carry out their work. These services include both the provision of books, newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets for loan and reference use, and increasingly online databases and e-journals. There is also some active support for specific research projects. Despite these developments, the library remains, in essence, a print collection designed for visitor access.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications, experience, skills and attributes:


  • A degree or postgraduate qualification in librarianship or information science
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional self-development


  • Significant experience of working in a library or information centre including the provision of research assistance and reader services
  • A track record of delivering high-quality, innovative information services
  • Previous use of a library management system


  • A good understanding of the role of an information service in supporting user research needs
  • Ability to support colleagues with information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis
  • Thorough understanding of print and digital information sources and digital technologies
  • Working knowledge of IT in a library/information centre context including databases, catalogues, e-journals and Microsoft Office packages
  • Core technical collection management skills - cataloguing, indexing and stock selection
  • The ability to work on own initiative and organise own work load to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail


  • Strong client focus, customer-service ethos and dedication to service delivery
  • Knowledge of or interest in international affairs
  • Strong team working values
  • Flexible, adaptive and responsive in relation to duties and working hours
  • Ability to build relations, collaborate and gain support from different groups of people

The closing date for applications is 11 February 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, citing ‘Information Specialist’ in the subject line, to Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Due to expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

Human Resources Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has a vacancy in its London office for a Human Resources intern.

The HR Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • experience the workings of a busy HR office
  • understand and support general administrative tasks
  • understand and support training and development programme administration
  • shadow non-confidential meetings
  • research and compile data for HR projects and initiatives
  • update databases and spreadsheets

Our internships are for a six-week consecutive period and are intended to support an educational experience. As such, applicants who are studying Human Resources or who wish to make a move into a Human Resources career are preferred.  Internships are unpaid but reasonable local London travel expenses and lunch vouchers are provided.

The position is full-time, though we would consider part-time for an outstanding candidate.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 January 2017. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining what you would hope to gain from the internship, citing ‘HR Internship’ in the subject line, to Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 30 January 2017, and the internship will start as soon as possible afterwards. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will only contact those candidates whom we would like to interview.

IISS-Middle East Office

No vacancies at present.

IISS–Americas Office

IISS-Americas Graduate Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas is seeking a volunteer graduate intern to work 20-30 hours a week to support the activities of its office in Washington, DC, for Spring 2017.


Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate program studying security studies, international relations, or a related field. Preference will be given to students focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent.
  • Be proactive and a self-starter able to work in a small team environment.
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-Americas regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include your work eligibility in your application.


Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think tank.

Duties will include:

  • Research support. This includes ad hoc projects to support the work of the Executive Director/Director of the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, as well as IISS researchers in London, Singapore, or Bahrain, as necessary.
  • Event, administrative, and operations support. You will be expected to assist with IISS-Americas events and daily administrative tasks. Those with previous office experience are preferred.


  • Resume
  • Cover letter (specify dates and times available)

The resume and cover letter should be sent as two separate PDF files via email to, with the subject line: “Your Name – Spring 2017 Graduate Internship Application.” Please include your full name in the title for each separate document.

This internship is unpaid. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. The deadline is rolling until the position is filled.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas
2121 K Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: +1.202.659.1490
Fax: +1.202.659.1499

IISS–Asia Office

The Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017

The International Institute for Strategic Studies–Asia (IISS–Asia) invites applications for the Gerald Segal Research Internship 2017, which will be tenable for a period of three months during 2017 at the IISS–Asia office in Singapore.

Dr Gerald Segal, who died in November 1999, had been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies since September 1997. He joined the IISS in September 1991 as Senior Fellow for Asian Studies. During his career, Gerald Segal was unusually productive: he wrote more than a dozen books and published 130 articles. Though his published work encompassed diverse topics, his greatest contribution was in the analysis of Asian strategic and security issues. Alongside his own direct contributions, Dr Segal also did much to encourage research and writing on Asian security by younger and less widely-published colleagues.

The Gerald Segal Research Internship provides an opportunity for a postgraduate student of any nationality to spend three months with the IISS–Asia office in Singapore working on his or her own research project concerned with an aspect of international relations or international security in the Asia-Pacific region, while simultaneously contributing to the activities of the IISS–Asia office, in terms of both assisting in research projects and involvement in operational support for meetings including the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. Since 2013, IISS–Asia has expanded its research and other activities, and is now located in new, larger premises in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

The intern will be paid a stipend of SGD800 per month to cover daily expenses. IISS–Asia will provide assistance in securing the necessary temporary work permit for the intern, but finding accommodation will be the intern’s own responsibility.

Interested candidates should submit their CVs, synopses of their proposed research projects (which may be directly connected to their postgraduate programmes), and covering letters to Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia via by 6 February 2017.