The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is accepting rolling applications for the CReST Fellowship.
The Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) is devoted to the study of revolutionary science and technology developments and the potential impact of these developments on society and policy. Members of the center form an elite team that strives to achieve advanced levels of understanding and performance in the analysis of science and technology and the associated issues confronting society. CReST addresses complex problems with creative, revolutionary solutions regarding how science and technology will change our world, engendering thought, discussion, and publications on how science and technology can be used to serve the needs of societies of the future.
The CReST Fellowship is a full-time, paid position in the Science and Technology Policy division at the Potomac Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Typical fellows hold a PhD and have 0-10 years of experience, but those with Bachelors or Master’s degree in either a technical or policy-related field are invited to apply. Successful candidates are curious, creative, ambitious, and good communicators.
Founded on the ideals of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and its core mission, the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought forms a think tank within a think tank, serving as both an apprenticeship for those who participate, and an incubator for ideas and activities towards the Institute’s future endeavors.
CReST Fellows serve in a dual appointment as Research Associates or Fellows of the Potomac Institute, and will be expected to pursue CReST tasks in addition to their sponsored work and duties of employment. CReST serves as a training ground for the science and technology policy experts of the future. New Fellows undergo an initial 3-month training period during which they are exposed to a range of topics in S&T, national security, policy-making, and futures studies.
The Center engages in daily discussions of current events in science and technology, and reviews relevant books and publications, exploring divergent concepts through the works of innovative thinkers and authors. On a weekly basis, members will likely read books, articles, and participate in both in-person group and email discussions, and review current affairs and postings, in addition to their usual work activities.
The CReST team sponsors symposia, invites speakers and visitors for engaging discussions, meets with luminaries, and produces briefings, articles, opinion pieces, editorials, and blog postings. CReST Fellows are expected to regularly write blog posts and publish articles on emerging topics in science and technology. The team also engages in research through interviews and readings, contributing to both mini-studies and in-depth technical analyses. Most products are collaborative efforts, but at least once per year each individual member is responsible as the prime author and owner for one or more major products of publishable quality.
The CReST selection committee seeks a broad range of backgrounds, although a doctorate degree and one to five years of postdoctoral work experience are preferred. To ensure a balance and compatibility of the proposed team members, the CReST team will encompass a broad range of backgrounds (from hard sciences to policy or political science), experiences, and personality types. Most importantly, the ideal candidates are capable of engaging in deep thought on complex issues and of thinking creatively about the future.
CReST participation is intended to be a life-changing experience, training each member to look beyond the tactical issues of incremental developments and policy changes to view issues of science of technology on a strategic global level. CReST members become adept at determining findings from disparate data sources, and developing conclusions and recommendations based on those findings. CReST addresses bold ideas of global significance. Members are mentored by science and technology leaders and policy makers from business and government. A CReST fellowship is intended to advance one’s career in the same way that an advanced degree increases career opportunities by virtue of additional training and knowledge.
There are two steps involved in applying for a CReST Fellowship.
Applicants must write a letter of interest to the CReST selection committee. The letter should address the following considerations: (1) The applicant’s current activities and availability to undertake the duties of a CReST fellowship; (2) the applicant’s current career path and aspirations for the future and how the CReST fellowship will further this career development; (3) the applicant’s interest in S&T policy; (4) a self-assessment of the applicant’s innovative and analytic abilities.
Please email your letter, résumé and writing sample to:
Kathryn Schiller Wurster
Director, Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart St., Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203
A final selection will be made based on personal interviews with the selection committee. The interview will include questions and discussion requiring the candidate to think creatively and respond to specific challenges, in addition to conventional interview questions.