Associate Director for Emerging Technologies and National Security

Washington, DC

The Federation of American Scientists seeks to hire an Associate Director for Emerging Technologies and National Security to support its Innovation and Technology portfolio. The individual will report to the Principal Director for Innovation and Technology and serve as the key point person driving all aspects of implementation strategy on activities related to emerging technology policy issues including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more. 

A successful candidate for this role would bring technical and issue expertise in emerging technologies and the innovation base surrounding these technologies, especially machine learning and natural language processing. An ideal candidateThey will be a thought-leader in AI and policy and engage with the Innovation and Technology vertical at FAS to advance safe and ethical development of emerging technologies. This position is also critical to FAS in developing our portfolio around policy landscape analysis, applied systems thinking and technology integration, how to utilize and apply artificial intelligence and machine learning in public sector environments, the ability to assess impacts and harms in applying AI and ML approaches to policy, and more. 

 Core Responsibilities for this role include:  

· Producing and publishing (in conferences or journals) detailed technical research, and derive policy memos, op-eds, and blog posts on topics in and related to Artificial Intelligence, including but not limited to fairness, accountability and transparency in AI systems, AI auditing, federal AI R&D spending, implications of AI for national security, government-related AI applications, and global technology competition. 

· Writing and driving the implementation of high-leverage policy ideas, especially issues related to machine learning, natural language processing, STEM R&D, STEM workforce, among others. 

· Conducting and publishing original research on topics aligned to innovation policies for emerging technologies to advance the science, technology, and understanding of ethical machine learning and machine-learning-supported systems. 

· Supporting FAS leadership on key opportunities to provide technical assistance, especially on topics aligned to emerging priorities on the policy landscape including technology, climate and clean energy, economic recovery, STEM R&D, STEM workforce, and more.  

· Overseeing the advancement of new initiatives and projects that align to the core work of the Day One Project and its mission to democratize policy making and advance catalytic science, technology and innovation policy.  

Experience and Qualifications 

FAS is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Associate Director for Emerging Technologies and National Security who has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. 

Strong candidates should have the following experience and qualifications: 

· Technical subject matter experience and policy expertise in the focus areas outlined in this position description, such as machine learning, natural language processing, etc. 

· A track record of publishing high impact technical research around these focus areas in diverse venues; 

· Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

· Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams; 

· A minimum of 5 years of professional experience working in science and technology; 

· A graduate degree focused on either artificial intelligence or economics (or a related field) is required, doctoral degree preferred; 

· Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of FAS 


This role will report directly to the Principal Director of Technology and Innovation, a role that is staffed by a full time exempt employee.  


The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a full time, exempt position and is therefore not eligible for overtime. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. The Federation of American Scientists  prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.