Career Opportunities

Research Analyst – Ukraine Project

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) seeks a full-time Research Analyst to conduct a program of open-source research, analysis, writing, and briefing on the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.


The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) promotes an understanding of war and conflict by providing data and critical analysis to key American political and military leaders. In addition, ISW seeks to educate civilians about war and conflict, thus bridging gaps between military and civilian decision-makers. ISW aims to improve how the United States formulates and executes its national security policy. ISW is vigilant at monitoring crises around the world, and has a track record of accurately predicting potential and actual conflicts. The Institute for the Study of War provides a platform for early career researchers and analysts to launch their careers in an innovative and highly relevant project.

The Ukraine team at ISW analyzes the dynamic conflict ongoing in Ukraine (and potentially elsewhere in Eastern Europe) by synthesizing unclassified information on military operations and political players in order to provide expert and in-depth analysis about Russian intent and capabilities, separatist intent and capabilities, the intent and capabilities of the Ukrainian government and volunteer forces, and the potential for political crisis in Kyiv. The project aims to keep policy makers informed of the crisis, inflection points, and potential policy options for the United States.

The Ukraine Research analyst will capture and analyze granular information on political and security developments in Ukraine, and synthesize this information into an operating understanding of the ongoing conflict within its regional context. Among other tasks, the Analyst will search open source data for the movement, disposition, capabilities, intent, and combat effectiveness of forces in disputed areas. He or she will assess the relationship between tactical events and operational and strategic aims of the parties to the conflict.

The Ukraine Research Analyst manages the Ukraine team’s implementation of Palantir software and other data-driven analytic software platforms.  He or she will support the Research Director’s efforts to collect, curate, and query data.  The Ukraine Research Analyst will publish findings through timely written and graphical reports as well as briefings. The Ukraine Research Analyst will manage the research activities of interns and collaborate with other analysts and team members.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:

1. A Bachelor's degree in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

2. Previous experience with military operations, either in an operational context or through research or coursework.  A sophisticated understanding of military institutions and military history is helpful;

3. Exceptional writing skills, proven independent research skills, good initiative, and the ability to collaborate on research projects;

4. Excellent briefing and presentation skills and experience;

6. Excellent qualitative and analytic skills, ability to represent material graphically, some familiarity with quantitative methods, and comfort with integrating technology into research;

7. The dedication and drive to produce policy-relevant research in a timely manner;

8. Interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission.

9. Strong Russian language skills are required; Ukrainian language a plus.

The Research Analyst reports to the Research Director.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a CV, and an academic/professional writing sample to ISW@understandingwar.org with the job title in the subject line. 


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