Vice President, Scientific and Technical Affairs

A leadership role is open at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). We are seeking a Vice President to lead our Scientific and Technical Affairs (STA) program.

The STA Vice President position offers an opportunity to build on NTI’s current work at the intersection of science, technology, and international security, with a focus on reducing threats from weapons of mass destruction and other potentially catastrophic risks.

NTI is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. Recognizing the potential benefits, as well as the risks, associated with rapid scientific and technological advances, NTI’s STA program seeks to harness opportunities that new and emerging technologies can offer for reducing catastrophic risks, while simultaneously working to prevent the potential misuse of modern science and technology.

The Vice President will shape the STA portfolio and identify new opportunities and priorities for the program, with a focus on emerging technologies that have the potential to shape international security in the coming years.  As part of this work, the STA Vice President will build on and refine the program’s existing work to reduce nuclear risks. The STA team also supports other NTI programs, bringing technical and scientific knowledge and expertise, and collaborating on interdisciplinary projects across the organization.

Examples of STA work in recent years includes spearheading NTI’s efforts to reduce cyber risks to nuclear weapons and related systems; assess the implications of AI for nuclear risk; and demonstrate the potential of publicly available data and machine learning to detect and deter illicit nuclear activities. The STA program has also established the Cyber Nuclear Forum, to strengthen protection of civilian nuclear facilities worldwide from cyberattacks.

As an NTI officer, the STA Vice President plays a role in shaping the future direction of the organization, working with other members of NTI’s leadership team. The STA Vice President reports to the President of NTI.

The ideal candidate should have the ability to:

  • Incorporate substantive scientific and technical knowledge to develop and lead projects focused on reducing existing and emerging catastrophic risks associated with technology advances. Potential areas of work: nuclear security, biological security, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.
  • Serve as a creative, dynamic thought leader, who can identify and shape new opportunities to build the STA program
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and through public speaking engagements, to advance STA and NTI-wide priorities, including building political will to address threats and engaging broader public audiences for their support
  • Foster and build strong relationships with international leaders, experts and key stakeholders to advance STA program priorities
  • Lead and mentor staff and oversee operational elements of the STA program
  • Work collaboratively with NTI peers and contribute to our collegial work environment.

The ideal candidate should have significant experience (10-15+ years) working on scientific and technical issues in government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia, and demonstrated interest in international security and existential risks. Top candidates will have an academic background in the sciences and/or significant hands-on technology development experience.

This position is based in Washington, DC.

To apply

Send a resume or CV and cover letter to [email protected] Subject line must read: “NTI STA VP”. Position will remain open until filled. Early application encouraged.


Notes:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTI office is open on a voluntary basis for employees.  We anticipate a full return to the DC office in the first half of 2022. When health conditions improve and a full re-opening date has been determined, we will give employees at least one month’s advance notice.  After the office is fully re-opened, teleworking up to 2 days may be permitted.

In accordance with NTI’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.  All employees are required to be fully vaccinated, unless a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs is requested and approved.

NTI is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit is prohibited by NTI policy. Specifically, NTI bases its employment decisions upon the needs of the organization and the individual merit of applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.


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