CReSTPotomac Institute Now Hiring for the CReST Fellowship 

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is currently inviting applications for aspiring S&T policy professionals to enter the CReST fellowship. The Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) is a think tank within the Potomac Institute designed to be a training ground for the next generation of science and technology (S&T) policy experts. The CReST Fellowship is intended to be a life-changing experience that prepares individuals from a variety of backgrounds to think big about the future of S&T—including the potential, societal-level impacts of S&T and policy options that will be required to encourage or control its development. Members of CReST form an elite team that engage in deep and out-of-the-box thinking to engender bold solutions for future S&T policy concerns.

 

Basic Responsibilities

During the CReST fellowship, successful candidates will serve in a dual appointment as a CReST Fellow and a Research Associate of the Potomac Institute, and will be expected to meet the requirements of the CReST curriculum in addition to the Institute’s policy research work and other duties of employment. New hires undergo an initial, intensive 3-month training, in which they are immersed in daily discussions on a range of topics in S&T, national security, policy making, and forecasting. During training, fellows will be engaged in reading science fiction, thinking about the impacts of S&T, following technology trends via primary literature, and writing a range of policy products. The goal of the CReST training program is to prepare candidates for a career in science policy. At the completion of the training period, successful candidates will either remain in CReST or transition to the S&T policy research staff at the Potomac Institute.

Impact

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 S&T on a strategic global level. CReST members become adept at assessing a variety of data sources, and developing conclusions and bold recommendations based on those findings. Members are mentored by S&T leaders and policy makers from business and government. The CReST experience will be challenging, but equally rewarding.

Eligibility

The CReST Fellowship is a full-time, paid position in the Science and Technology Policy division at the Potomac Institute in Arlington, Virginia. The CReST selection committee seeks a broad range of backgrounds. A doctorate degree and 0-10 years of postdoctoral work experience are preferred, but graduates with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in either a technical or policy-related field are also invited to apply. To ensure a balance and compatibility of the proposed team members, the CReST team will encompass a broad range of backgrounds (including all science and engineering fields, economics, philosophy, political science or policy), experiences, and personality types. Most importantly, the ideal candidates are capable of engaging in deep thought on complex issues and of thinking creatively and strategically about the future. Successful candidates are curious, creative, ambitious, and good communicators.

All candidates must be US citizens, willing to relocate to the Washington D.C. area.

Impact

 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.

Application Process

Applicants must write a letter of interest to the CReST selection committee. The letter should address the following considerations: (1) the applicant’s career path, aspirations for the future, and how the CReST fellowship will further this career development; (2) the applicant’s interest in S&T policy; (3) a self-assessment of the applicant’s innovative and analytic abilities; and (4) a brief, creative paragraph answering the questions: what will be the biggest S&T policy challenge of the year 2050, and what is an innovative solution to address it?

Please email your letter of interest, résumé and a 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
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A final selection will be made based on personal interviews with the selection committee. The interview will include questions and discussions requiring the candidate to think creatively and respond to specific challenges, in addition to conventional interview questions.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

About Potomac Institute

 

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science, technology, and national security issues facing our society, providing in particular, an academic forum for the study of related policy issues. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government. The Potomac Institute offices are located in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia. http://www.potomacinstitute.org


Job Type: Full-time

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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.

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