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Associate Fellow for Satellite Imagery - External Relations

External Relations

ID: 1132-233


At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

CSIS seeks a full-time, highly motivated, satellite imagery analyst to support our imagery analysis efforts on site in Washington, D.C., starting immediately. The position is limited to 6-months with the potential to be converted to a permanent staff role. This position supports Center-wide research efforts that relate to imagery analysis spanning most of the regions and topics covered at CSIS, including defense and security imagery analysis efforts. The iDeas Lab, the award-winning creative and digital production department at CSIS, enhances CSIS's policy research and analysis with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, video, and audio. (You can see some of our latest at

Ideal candidates have at least 3 years of experience with satellite imagery analysis and be motivated self-starters. Candidates should possess excellent research and communication skills and possess a superb attention to detail. The successful candidate will also have strong initiative and ability to anticipate needs, an aptitude for collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and dynamic environment while meeting tight deadlines.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following


• Order, process, analyze and distribute satellite imagery-based products for use in briefings, white papers, presentations, and demonstrations
• Using open-source information, recommend, identify and monitor areas of geospatial interest for ongoing and new research projects
• Lead and assist with research, including primary source research, literature reviews, and compile and analyze research briefs and data for ongoing and new research projects.
• Assist with imagery markups per established styles and requirements.
• Produce written analysis under the supervision of the primary imagery analyst.
• Understand potential media uses and applications of geospatial data and imagery in storytelling projects: such as interactive maps, videos, and graphics.
• Help to expand CSIS’s scholar’s use of satellite imagery in their analysis work through program outreach and leading innovative self-driven projects.
• Lead communications and collaborations with program partners.
• Work closely with the primary imagery analyst and program coordinator/research assistant to manage project load.
• Oversee communications with the iDeas Lab, External Relations, as well as external vendors and partners.
• Assist with copyediting and proofreading (per CSIS style).



• B.A. in a relevant field and 3-5 years of directly relevant experience;
• Demonstrated interest and experience in satellite imagery and/or geospatial analysis;
• Expertise in and experience using Hexagon Imagine and/or GXP;
• Experiencing ordering, processing and color balancing multispectral and thermal imagery;
• Experience with applicable systems and software, including Adobe Creative Suite and others;
• Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently;
• Strong writing and analytical skills;
• Strong organizational, communication (oral and written), and interpersonal skills, including effectively presenting information, operating in a fast-paced environment, and managing competing priorities;
• Strong attention to detail, initiative, and follow-through skills;
• Zest for challenging assignments that demand creativity and tenacity;
• Strong demonstrated interest in international affairs;
• Authorized to work in the U.S. for the long term.
• Experience with ArcGIS is a plus.
• Non-English language skills a plus but not required.




The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



Interested applicants please submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample at at Finalists will be asked for references.