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Research Director

Salary: £60-80k Dependent on Experience and Career Stage

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international relations focused Think Tank ( – is looking to fill the vital role of Research Director.

The successful candidate will play a critical part in our future development as this is a proactive role which will require you to manage and expand the research capabilities of the organisation. With colleagues in the communications and political departments to assist, you will be playing the lead role in managing and directing our research output, as well as developing and delivering profile-raising material.

This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and well-rounded individual to work in a pivotal and challenging role where no two days are the same, and which provides the opportunity for career growth in an organisation looking to evolve domestically and internationally. HJS is an expanding and developing organisation providing a unique opportunity and experience rarely available at this stage of an organisation’s development.

Main Duties:

  • To conceptualise, plan and execute the research programme and special projects.
  • To develop existing projects and create new ones in order to boost the written, oral and programmatic output of HJS, and to ensure that there is a steady pipeline of work being published in internet and physical form.
  • To structure the research department in order to manage research staff, increase their productivity, develop their skills and ensure that they meet agreed deadlines.
  • To proof and edit research output.
  • To provide reports on progress, delays and changes to the research programme.
  • To identify and develop revenue streams from research content, and to provide an overview of research funding secured and research expenditures through the budgeting and reporting process.
  • To fundraise in association with colleagues.
  • To conduct your own research and writing.
  • To engage in public speaking and media commentating.
  • To ensure media placement of the Society written output in association with colleagues and monitor the frequency and quality of this output, in addition to third party references to research.
  • To help develop a collegial atmosphere with all staff across the organisation.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who is highly motivated, authoritative and keen to play a leadership role as head of a research team. They will have:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant research experience;
  • Confident writing and speaking skills, and experience of communicating research and policy recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrable expertise in an area of international relations or international security policy, with counter-terrorism and extremism being the most desirable, but others very acceptable;
  • A wide-ranging interest in areas of international relations or international security beyond their core area of expertise;
  • Team or staff management experience helpful;
  • Excellent time management and project management skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task;
  • A post-graduate degree in international relations, politics, economics, history or related disciplines, ideally a PhD;
  • Knowledge of a foreign language desirable, but not essential;
  • Sympathy with our ideals expected.

Closing date – Friday 3rd March.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, including salary expectations, together with two recent examples of your published output and an example of broadcast experience (if available), to Dr Alan Mendoza at

Associate Research Fellows and Visiting Research Fellows

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) is a think tank and policy-shaping force that fights for the principles and alliances which keep societies free – working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and real human rights, and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.

In order to extend its impact and influence, the HJS welcomes applications from like-minded and otherwise-suitable experts for its newly-launched fellowship programme. Selected experts will be offered the titles of either “Associate Research Fellow”, if based in the UK, “Visiting Research Fellow”, if based abroad. The duration of each fellowship shall be twelve months.

Applications are welcome from individuals of any country and background, but we are only able to consider applications from individuals who fully fulfil the following basic criteria. Applicants are expected to:

  • identify with the HJS’s announced Statement of Principles;
  • have relevant background experience;
  • have a strong record of achievements in their area of expertise, in delivering research;
  • have an original, relevant and clear research project proposal; and,
  • have sufficient English-language ability;

The HJS will provide research support to all Associate or Visiting Research Fellows, but it is not, unfortunately, able to provide remuneration to all Fellows. The HJS will consider which Fellows are remunerated on a case-by-case basis. In cases where successful applicants are not remunerated, Fellows will be encouraged to submit ideas to the HJS for projects that would be remunerated.

The HJS is committed to mutual benefits accruing from the fellowship programme. Thus, successful applicants will be able to:

  • present themselves as HJS Associate or Visiting Research Fellows;
  • be introduced on the HJS website, with an individual profile; and,
  • participate in research, publication, and networking projects that the HJS may propose to them, they may propose to the HJS, or that may be proposed to the HJS by a third party;

If you wish to apply to become an Associate Research Fellow or Visiting Research Fellow, please send your curriculum vitae (including a full publications list) and a one-page cover letter to the following email address: All files must be submitted in English.

There is no deadline for fellowship applications. Instead, applications will be considered and decided-upon on a rolling basis.



The Henry Jackson Society offers a variety of internships aimed at politically-minded, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individuals. Our internships offer a valuable immersion into the world of international relations and are designed to foster career development.

Internship programmes are available mainly within The Henry Jackson Society’s research centres but also in some non-research departments, such as Communications, Parliamentary and Events.

The ideal candidate for the Henry Jackson Society internship will have the following skills / capabilities:

  • Proven interest in the Henry Jackson Society’s work;
  • Graduate or postgraduate qualification in international relations, politics, or another related field;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • Be a motivated self-starter who is capable of acting independently and who possesses the capacity to absorb and execute instructions quickly in a busy environment.
  • Have experience of research, either academically or professionally;
  • Have sympathy with our principles;
  • Be looking to pursue a career in research/policy;
  • Be hard-working and motivated with excellent attention to detail.

To Apply

Please send a CV, a one-page covering letter including a brief description of why you want to do an internship at The Henry Jackson Society, and a recent writing sample on a topic consequential to one of our research areas (maximum 2,000 words) to  Applicants will only be contacted in the event of being called for an interview.

If applying from abroad, applicants should ensure that they have met any necessary visa requirements for the UK, prior to submitting their application.

Other Information

Please be advised we are currently at capacity on our internship program until Autumn 2017

Internships can be undertaken on a full- or part-time basis, and usually last for a duration of up to three months. They are offered on a flexible basis so that individuals can, for example, fit their internship around part-time work, studies, or other commitments.

All successful applicants will be expected to take an active role in supporting The Henry Jackson Society’s activities and events.

For further information on the different research within the Society, please click here.