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SFU: Post-doctoral fellowship on pandemics and borders

The Pandemics and Borders Project is an international and interdisciplinary research group, based at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada, studying the use of travel measures during public health emergencies. The team bridges the fields of political science, economics, public policy, infectious disease modelling and genomics. The team is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in border management and global public health. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to national and global efforts to understand and better respond to global health threats by conducting ground- breaking research to inform future border management.

The team invites recent and near PhD graduates with expertise in social sciences and/or public policy. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods applied to public policy issues. Experience of risk assessment or simulation-based gaming is an asset.

You’ll find the full announcement below.

For examples of some of the serious gaming associated with this project, see:

Some members of the project team were also involved in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine red-teaming and tabletop exercise.

Wargaming positions

National Defense University is currently seeking a Wargaming Fellow and an Assistant Wargaming Fellow to “Supports and manages the research, design, development, planning, and execution of national security focused experiential learning initiatives (including national-level education exercises and simulations, conferences, symposia, and workshops) conducted by the Center for Applied Strategic Learning.” Both positions require US citizenship and obtaining a Secret clearance, and the deadline for applications is May 16. Additional details at the links above.


SAIC is currently seeking several candidates to support the USINDOPACOM K. Mark Takai Pacific Warfighting Center on Oahu, Hawaii. All require a Secret clearance, and most require the ability to obtain a Top Secret or TS/SCI.

h/t GUWS Newsletter

Aimpoint: (War)game analyst wanted

Aimpoint Research, a global strategic intelligence firm specializing in agri-food, is looking for a(war)game analyst:

Aimpoint Research® leverages military-style wargaming techniques to disrupt our clients’ daily thinking patterns and explore complex issues across a wide range of topics within the agri-food value chain. Our team regularly collaborates with C-Suite industry leaders to anticipate challenges, take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace, and ensure that they have the tools needed to understand issues beyond the headlines. With customized intelligence reporting and our roster of industry experts, we deliver challenging and innovative experiences that provide our clients with competitive advantage.

As a Wargame Analyst you will work within a multi-functional team to design, develop, execute, and report on wargames which include, but are not limited to, table-top exercises, manual simulations, and other serious games normally executed in-person. Aimpoint Wargames may be stand-alone events or embedded within a larger portfolio of client-focused research efforts.

The position requires at least one of the following:

  • 1-3 years practical experience developing analytical wargames within the Department of Defense or a widely recognized defense contractor or think tank
  • Successfully completed a college-level wargaming design course
  • Successfully completed an industry standard wargaming or gamification certification at the Journeyman level or higher

This position is in Columbus, Ohio. Further details here.

CNAS: Research assistant wanted

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is seeking to hire a Research Assistant to support its Defense Program. Candidates with project management, event management, and scheduling experience, along with an interest in defense strategy and wargaming are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional details can be found here.

Business wargaming positions

PA Consulting is currently looking for a Business Wargaming Managing Consultant and a Business Wargaming Consultant.

Within the Complex Systems capability, our Business Wargaming sub-capability develops and provides business leaders with experiential initiatives that enable them to explore, test or practice the future impact of different strategic approaches on their organisation in varying scenarios. The new sub-capability is one of PA’s important growth areas for 2021 and beyond and our diverse team of strategic systems thinking and social science practitioners help individuals and organisations make more informed decisions which is becoming more critical in this volatile, uncertain and complex environment.

We are growing our Business Wargaming team and are looking for talented people with an outcome-focused mindset and a proven professional track record to join us at all levels. You will be given the opportunity to help develop and take our world-class expertise in disciplines such as strategic systems thinking, business wargaming, scenario planning and analysis to help our clients address the challenges that keep them awake at night. 

As a consultant, you will also have the opportunity to work on diverse projects across different industries including Health and Life Sciences, Transport, Defence and Security, Public Services, Energy and Utilities and Consumer and Manufacturing. We are sure that this provides a rare opportunity to build unrivalled expertise and experience. 

Applicants must have the unconditional right to live and work in the UK.

Further details at the links above.

Wargaming position at CGSC

The Directorate of Simulation Education at the US Army Command and General Staff College is hiring a wargamer:

Duties

Research and prepare simulation/gaming databases/scenarios to support specific exercises and curriculum for four school curriculums and six different educational tracks.

Assist the active force to provide model, simulation, wargame, and/or game instruction, and teach digital and manual tactics, techniques, and procedures(TTP) through experimentation and assistance visits.

Develop and resolve organizational and technology issues as they relate to computing, network delivery, and system compatibility or processing issues.

Mentor FA 57 students tasked with conducting exercises and/or completing simulation related course work.

Support education on models, simulations, wargames, and games through instruction, instruction support, facilitation, and technical support.

Lead multi-agency task forces to establish and validate academic training simulation requirements.

Assist in the development and implementation of a plan for the integration of training models, simulations, wargames, and/or games to ensure execution-centric decision-making is stressed, observed and assessed.

Resolve critical, technical problems in existing systems or models, using knowledge of the industry guidelines and application of models, simulations, wargames, and/or games policies and procedures.

Participate in comprehensive studies to identify and propose solutions to deficiencies in models, simulations, and wargames.

At present, only those in certain federal employment categories are eligible to apply (although that could change).* The full details and application process can be found at USAJOBS, and the closing date is January 5.

*If you are a US citizen but do not currently fall into one of the eligible federal employment categories, post your resume into the system, then email james.j.sterrett.civ@army.mil and john.w.lord10.mil@army.mil to let them know you have applied.

Stimson Center: Research associate wanted

The Henry L. Stimson Center seeks “a highly-motivated individual to join the team as a full-time Research Associate for the South Asia Program starting in January 2022. The successful candidate will have prior educational and professional experience in research, the South Asian security and nuclear fields, and wargaming and/or simulations.”

The deadline for application is December 3, and the expected start date for the position is 4 January 2022. The candidate must be based in the Washington DC area.

Full details can be found here.

h/t GUWS

CNA summer internship

CNA is looking for interns to support a broad range of defence analysis—including wargaming.

CNA’s 12-week paid Research Student Summer Intern Program is designed to introduce recent undergraduates and current graduate students to work in a professional studies and analysis organization dedicated to the safety and security of the nation. 

We are seeking at least 2 interns with quantitative or qualitative research and analysis skills to work with our research staff, which spans a diverse range of academic backgrounds. We encourage applicants in any of the following disciplines or related fields: computer science, chemistry, physics, biology/environmental science, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, or international relations. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for the internship program. However, we encourage individuals who are completing their fellowships to apply for a full-time Research Analyst position.

Our goal is for the internship experience to mimic what it’s like to be a member of a CNA research team. Upon hire, each intern will be assigned to a mentor and a specific project that matches their area of study. With the mentor’s guidance, the intern will assist the team in structuring and solving a complex problem, developing sound analytical methods to derive findings and conclusions. The intern will document those results and present their work at the conclusion of the internship. In the course of conducting the analysis, the intern may engage with the study sponsor, generally located in government agencies in the National Capital Region. Interns may be required to obtain a clearance as necessary for work assignments. In addition, throughout the course of the internship, interns will benefit from ongoing learning events and social activities such as brown bags, soap boxes and industry/technical sessions.

Our interns will collaborate with research program teams using CNA-provided equipment. Mentors and research program team members will provide interns with guidance on project tasks and navigating CNA resources. Other events are planned throughout the summer to help connect the intern to CNA. 

Qualifications

Eligible candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

Recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree or currently enrolled in a graduate program in the physical, social, or computer sciences or a related discipline.

US citizen

Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher

Strong collaboration and communications skills

You’ll find additional details here. The deadline for applications is November 30. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in January-February 2022 and successful applicants will be notified by March.

CNA is a sponsor of the Derby House Principles on diversity and inclusion in professional wargaming.

h/t GUWS

King’s Wargaming Network recruiting graduate students for analyst training

The King’s Wargaming Network is recruiting graduate students for its annual Analyst Training for Analytical Wargaming Programme:

The programme provides King’s students with an opportunity to support King’s researchers in the execution of wargames for research purposes.

The programme is now in its sixth year and is highly competitive. Analysts will support a PhD research project examining US Army doctrinal development practices for current and near-future warfighting. The project is led by Anna Nettleship.

If selected, you will:

Receive 8 hours over 4 sessions of practical training in wargame testing, data collection and analysis

Engage with cutting-edge methods and research

Support the in-person or remote execution of a strategic analytical wargame

Network with peers and wargaming experts

Applications are due no later than 25 October 2021. If interested, please fill out an application here

Wargaming positions

The Net Technical Assessment Group at SPA (Systems Planning and Analysis) is looking for a senior wargaming lead.

SPA seeks a passionate and dedicated wargame professional with a demonstrated record of success in dynamic, high-impact environments to support a rapidly growing project. The individual will support a cross-functional, high-performance team designing wargames, planning classified and unclassified events, and executing analytic wargames and workshops. Relevant tasks include conducting research, developing scenarios, generating reporting products, briefing Senior decision makers, and providing clear and concise status updates of current or future efforts to leadership. Candidates can expect to work with government customers to define objectives. Candidates can expect to manage multiple tasks concurrently, often with constrained timelines. Tasks may be aligned to the individual’s expertise and interests but will often require individuals to rapidly learn and apply new knowledge and skills. Successful candidates will quickly be rewarded with leadership opportunities and direct engagement with external clients and stakeholders. 

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 7 – 15 years of relevant national security experience is required, as well experience supporting the design, development, planning facilitating, and reporting of wargames, exercises, experiments, seminars, simulations, workshops, or other similar events and an active DoD Secret security clearance. A Master’s degree is desirable, as is experience in developing multi-step analytic projects or reports; expert knowledge of modern military operations; asssessing the operational impact of planned or conceptual weapon systems; and/or developing warfighting scenarios to support analysis. A full description of the position and and a link to the job application can be found at the SPA website.


The US Department of Defense (Force Structure, Resource and Assessment (J8), Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) is seeking a strategic wargaming analyst.

This position is part of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The incumbent will be responsible for developing, maintaining, supporting and producing multiple, timely analytic products and wargame events related to defense strategy, national security policy, and force development.

As a STRATEGIC WARGAMING ANALYST at the GS-0301-14 some of your typical work assignments may include:

Designs, develops, executes, and facilitates war games; analyzes event results and develops key insights and observations. Recommends changes to war games based on studies and analyses that are conducted post-event.

Prepares all wargame materials, interfaces with the game sponsor and participants in the execution of the game and analyzes game results.

Prepares final reports and briefings for division leadership and senior 4-star and civilian equivalent officials.

The closing date is 25 October 2021. Full details can be found at USAJOBS.

More (war)gaming positions

The Joint Advanced Warfighting Division of IDA is looking for a research associate in National Security Operations and Wargaming.

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit federally funded research and development center.  IDA provides answers to questions posed by the Department of Defense and other agencies that require careful analysis. IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results.

Responsibilities

The Joint Advanced Warfighting Division (JAWD) has an immediate opening for a Research Associate with strong analytical skills and relevant educational training. Full-time professional staff at IDA are expected to be able to work independently, as a member of a study team, or under the direction of senior study leaders and analysts.

Research Staff are expected to be generally familiar with standard methods for collecting, compiling, summarizing, analyzing and presenting qualitative and quantitative data/information. They should be adaptable and open to learning in order to support the needs of particular studies or analyses.  As members of interdisciplinary research teams, researchers must demonstrate good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving.

The national security issues that IDA addresses change constantly, and researchers are expected to be adaptable and self- motivated, demonstrate a capacity for independent thought, sound judgment, and creativity in analyzing complex policy, operational, and technical problems. As part of the research process, IDA research teams may travel to US government or US security partner locations (typically, but not always headquarters or office-like locations).  Researchers may be asked to assist in these field research activities as projects require.  

A Master’s degree is required, along with 2-4 years of relevant work experience (including “experience in design, execution, and analysis of wargames and related approaches”). Applicants must be US citizens able to obtain and maintain security clearance. You’ll find the full details here. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2021.


Labcorp is seeking a Training and Exercise Specialist “to develop and execute training and exercises designed to meet performance requirements, ensure successful delivery, report on performance, and maintain supporting documentation in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).” Full details here.

NWDC seeks wargame adjudication analyst

The US Navy Warfare Development Command is seeking a wargame adjudication analyst.

Responsibilities

You will evaluate war game plans and proposals initiated within NWDC and by external commands.

You will develop a clear understanding of significant issues, requirements, and required products as well as realistic milestones for simulation and war gaming support.

You will prepare, execute, and analyze. incumbent develop Strike Group war game products and action analysis.

You will be responsible for reviewing a large volume of diverse, complex information to produce war game material , adjudicate war game move and build/present briefings to designated trike Group commanders, warfare commanders and staffs.

Applicants must be US citizens with suitable security clearances. Full details can be found at USAJOBS—the deadline for applications is 24 September 2021.

Dstl is looking for a wargaming analyst

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is looking for a wargaming analyst:

A wargame is a process of adversarial challenge and creativity, delivered in a structured format and usually umpired or adjudicated. Wargames immerse participants in an environment with the required level of realism to improve their decision-making skills and/or the real decisions they make. Wargaming is a powerful tool, used within the Ministry of Defence to explore issues ranging from national strategic (such as current geopolitical decision-making) to the tactical (such as how to effectively use generation-after-next concepts on a future battlefield). 

The Wargaming capability you would be joining uses wargaming as a structured analytical technique to understand conflict in order to provide advice to the Ministry of Defence and wider UK Government. Wargaming draws on people with a range of skills; quantitative and qualitative operational analysis techniques; communication; and player interaction in order to model adversarial scenarios to understand factors that can influence the outcome. 

In order to build a better wargaming capability, we need a team of people with a range of different skills and experiences to challenge established assumptions. Analysts brought in to the Defence Wargaming Centre will be developed using our Wargaming Development Framework to give a broad range of opportunities to develop the breadth of skills needed to be a professional wargamer. As well as building a broad range of skills, you will also be given opportunities to specialise in areas of wargaming which should align with your own passions/interests. 

Dstl wargamers are founder signatories of the Derby House Principles, showing our commitment to leading the opposition of sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination across the board, as well as in wargaming. If you want to find out more, please read this.

The job description for the position is as follows:

In this role you will: 
For Level 4:

• Work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the provision of timely, impartial, evidence-based advice to inform decisions on future defence and security capabilities, policies and strategies. 
• Work with customers and the military to understand their needs & challenges and shape their requirements for advice. 
• Lead on the delivery of small work packages, being responsible for your own research and analysis. 
• Provide technical advice and direction to industrial and academic partners and suppliers. 
• Prepare and deliver technical reports and presentations to a range of technical and non-technical audiences. 
• Develop an awareness of defence and security challenges and issues. 
• Develop your awareness of advances in science and technology 
• Explore and visualise data to present its story in a meaningful way to technical and non-technical audience 
• Develop your technical skills in wargaming in line with the Wargaming Development Framework. 

Additionally for Level 5 you will 
• Lead strands of work, including the work of others to maintain a focus on output and technical quality. 
• Provide technical partnering to work done by Industry and Academia to ensure that the tasks remain on track, are of high quality and maximise the benefit of external expertise 

Additionally for Level 6 you will
• Engage with senior stakeholders across MOD and wider Government to offer advice and capture/identify future wargaming requirements 
• Lead on deep technical or professional specialisation 
• Manage the resources of people, materials, money and information to achieve a balanced set of results within a project framework 
• Consistently seek broader application and exploitation of your wargaming outputs 

Finally, the security stuff and other details:

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners. 

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years. For some roles Developed Vetting will also be required, in this case you should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years. 

If you are a current Dstl employee, you are encouraged to inform your line manager of your application as they can support you through the process and should you be successful it will help in negotiating a release date. 

Work location
Dstl is strongly encouraging blended and flexible working either at one of our sites or from home or both. We want to empower you to undertake your duties at the most appropriate location for the task, however you will be allocated a Dstl site as a base. You may be required to travel to other Dstl and MoD sites as required.  

We particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Full details and a link to the application process can be found here. The deadline for application is 18 October 2021.

Marine Corps Wargaming Laboratory seeks wargaming manager

The Marine Corps Wargaming Laboratory is currently looking for a wargaming manager.

Responsibilities

You will plan, direct, supervise, coordinate, and execute multiple simultaneous wargame efforts and scoping future wargames.

You may serve as the Division’s representative to other Agency and Service wargaming organizations on operational planning, support requirements, policies, and capabilities for wargaming.

You will write, manage, revise, and maintain the wargaming SOP, and maintain a library of models and simulations for use as appropriate in wargaming design.

You will inform and advise the Service, Joint Organizations, other services, and DoD Leadership in the conduct of wargame activities that support visualizing present and future security challenges.

You will provide active oversight of all ongoing WGD efforts, activities, and wargames.

Qualifications

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: 1) developing, advising, and recommending wargaming best practices and coordinating the complex efforts of multiple individuals and organizations toward the successful execution of a Wargaming Program; 2) utilizing tactical, operational and strategic military planning processes, including but not limited to the Marine Corps Planning Process, the Military Decision Making Process, the Joint Operation Planning Process, and the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System; and 3) advanced knowledge and use of combat simulations, modeling, methods, and tools and the incorporation of these into wargames

Applicants must be American citizens able to obtain a TS/SCI clerarance. Full details can be found at USA Jobs. The deadline for applications is August 10.

Aspiring game designer wanted, eh?

The Archipelago of Design is looking for an aspiring game designer to assist them with Project Albatross. Applicants must be Canadian citizens aged 15-30 (and hence eligible for the Canada Summer Jobs programme).

Project Albatross will seize the emerging trend of leveraging war gaming and virtual learning systems in professional military education and steer it towards the video game industry’s cutting-edge advancement in creating immersive learning experiences. By fusing game design, engaging narrative, and immersive environments with world leading design education, the virtual learning experience will promote seamless learning of self, organizational and environmental awareness.

This groundbreaking virtual learning and game experience will be tailored for a new generation of officers as they will be the playtesters and co-designers from initial conceptual design, to level design, and further play testing. The learning content will be triangulated with the global leading expertise in military design & planning represented by the Innovation Methodology for Defence Challenges (IMDC) network on game design terms.

The Archipelago of Design is looking for a talented, passionate individual eager to face the challenge of bringing game design into the learning environment of national security professionals. You will be part of this endeavour by developing a proof of concept of a virtual learning experience conducive to the development of a security design mindset. The ideal candidate has hands-on experience designing systems and balancing gameplay mechanics.  A strong literacy in game design and the ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas in both written, verbal and visual forms is key.  The game designer will be part of a small collaborative team consisting of team members with backgrounds in multiple disciplines. Accordingly, collaboration with other disciplines and the ability to accept and provide direction to deliver a high quality product is a central aspect of the job. The ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment and the willingness and drive to learn about security design is desirable. The position is partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs. Accordingly, only Canadian citizens can apply for this position.

You will find additional details here. The deadline for applications is August 8.

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