London Office

Head of Library & Information Services

£45 - £60K, full-time, permanent, Central London

The IISS, headquartered in central London with offices in the US, Asia and the Middle East, is a world-leading authority on global security, political risk, military conflict and geo-economics.  The Library & Information Department has over many years supported the work of the Institute’s research staff, and provided library and information services to members of the Institute. The IISS now wishes to ensure that the department energetically modernises these core functions, while expanding its suite of information services functions to help all critical IISS business divisions and offices achieve their goals.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a full grasp of IISS missions, an entrepreneurial approach to work, a professional record of service modernisation, and a background suited to the task of managing change from a clearly articulated strategy to successful implementation. They will have responsibility for the overall management and development of Library and Information Services.  They will champion the department across the IISS and build networks to all other business divisions.

Leading a small team of professional librarians, the post holder will manage the Department’s resources, services, operations and projects; plan and implement the strategic development of library & information services in response to the evolving research needs of the IISS; and play an active part in all aspects of day-to-day technical work and reader services.

In respect of core library activities, the successful candidate will have significant experience of library & information management, including the provision of high-quality, specialist reader services and research assistance, together with physical and electronic collection management and detailed MARC21 cataloguing.  Knowledge of the SirsiDynix 'Symphony' library management system would be advantageous but is not essential.  The successful candidate will have an interest in international current affairs.

Applications should be made by submitting your full CV; covering letter setting out your suitability for the position; and the details of two referees to Closing date 21 August 2015.

Candidates must possess the right to work in the United Kingdom.

Strictly no agencies.

Editor, Armed Conflict Survey, and Research Fellow for Armed Conflict

The IISS wishes to appoint a Research Fellow for Armed Conflict who will serve as Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey, our new annual publication. The appointee will also provide strategic direction to the Armed Conflict Database.

Key duties

  • Overall responsibility for the commissioning, editing and production of the annual Armed Conflict Survey (ACS), to deliver a product that is accurate, insightful and written in a compelling, authoritative, jargon-free manner;
  • Providing strategic direction for the Armed Conflict Database (ACD), including setting the course with regard to analytical focus, quality control, features and functionality, and customer insight and engagement;
  • Engage in original research, produce research papers, and contribute to IISS publications in the field of armed conflict. Research Fellows are expected to fundraise to support their research activities. They will also, as necessary, brief IISS corporate members and write consultancy reports, and contribute to IISS Dialogues, conferences and other events.

Applicants should have established their credentials as an expert on armed conflict. They should have a relevant PhD or MA; several years’ experience in academia, a think tank or international agency; and a respectable publications record.

Applicants should have meticulous editing and excellent organisational and communication skills, which can be demonstrated through relevant experience. They should also be willing to develop strategies for expanding the publications’ online presence.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Editorial for publication-related duties and to the Director of Studies for research-related work. We expect that the appointee will conduct research on armed conflict in parallel with their editorial duties.

Salary will reflect experience. The IISS provides a full employment package. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and should send a CV, plus a letter stating their current salary and demonstrating their suitability for the post, to no later than 27 July 2015. 

Research and administrative assistant, cyber security project

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading international think tank for the analysis of political–military issues.

We are seeking a research and administrative assistant to work on a part-time basis, for nine months at our central London headquarters.

The appointee will provide support for a project to develop a UK academic network capable of identifying and addressing key policy issues in the field of cyber security.

The ideal candidate will be a graduate in an academically relevant field, with good IT and administrative skill, adaptability, flexibility and a willingness to learn.

Applicants must be able to start immediately or as soon as possible; the successful candidate will be required to work 20 hours per week, paid at £9.15 per hour.

Please apply by email to by Friday 31st July 2015 at 6pm, attaching a CV and covering letter. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the United Kingdom should apply.

IISS–Middle East Office

There are currently no vacancies.

IISS–US Office

Operations and Research Internship

The International Institute for Strategic Studies – US is currently seeking full-time and part-time interns to support the management of its office in Washington, DC. To be considered for the Fall 2015 session, kindly submit a complete application no later than 31 July. There will be a small stipend for interns who successfully complete their term.

Requirements: Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Be at least a college sophomore in good standing or a graduate student studying international relations, security studies or related field;
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or the equivalent from a non-US institution;
  • Be eligible to work in the US. IISS-US regrets that it cannot assist with procuring visas or entry permits. Please include this information in your application.

Responsibilities: Interns will be required to provide administrative and operational support, conduct research, and assist with event and media management. Successful applicants can expect to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading international think-tank. Candidates from a variety of area studies backgrounds are welcome to apply and relevant foreign language skills (Farsi and Spanish specifically) are preferred, but not essential. Those with previous office experience and a proven professional demeanor are preferred.


  1. Résumé;
  2. Cover letter (specify dates available);
  3. Writing sample of no more than three pages;
  4. Suggested, but not required: Two letters of reference from faculty members and/or current or former employers. 

All materials should be sent in PDF format attached to e-mail application, with the subject line: “Your Name – Fall 2015 Operations and Research Internship Application.” Please include your full name in the title for each separate document. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received.

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

IISS–Asia Office

There are currently no vacancies.