Assistant / Associate / Full Professor / Professor of Practice - Strategic and Security Studies

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Apr 2024

23 Mar 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Political sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

United Arab Emirates
Application Deadline

20 Apr 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

National Defense College (NDC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) invites applications from qualified candidates for multiple full-time, open rank, faculty positions supporting the ongoing growth of the National Defense College as a premier institution of higher learning and strategic thought in the UAE and the region.  The primary purpose of these positions is to design, develop, and deliver the College's in-residence educational programs in Strategic and Security Studies and produce scholarly research in Arabic and/or English focused on local, regional, and international strategic and security issues relevant to the UAE and the region. Applicants’ bilingual in Arabic and English will receive preference for employment.

Job Description:

Full-time faculty positions at NDC involve teaching graduate-level courses in strategic and security studies, advising and mentoring participants within the institution, conducting research in their fields of expertise relevant to the College mission and academic program, participating in service to the college, outreach, and partnership-building, including teaching on short executive education courses as required. Effective communication and teamwork skills are sought. Support and collaboration with colleagues and administrators from diverse backgrounds are required.

The annual teaching load of the College is capped at 18 credits, though NDC endeavors to limit teaching to 12 credits when possible. Candidates should be able to contribute to three or more core courses in the existing interdisciplinary curriculum and develop an elective in their area of expertise. ( - ( ). NDC follows an andragogic seminar model in graduate teaching, so the ability to lead facilitated seminars in English or Arabic is essential. An active research agenda is also required, with publication expectations of one peer-reviewed article, book chapter, or the equivalent per year. Academic rank will be determined by years of teaching experience and scholarship profile.



The incumbent must have the following essential qualifications:

  • Terminal Degree (PhD) from an internationally recognized university in a discipline directly related to Strategic and Security Studies or a master’s degree in a discipline directly related to Strategic and Security Studies combined with significant and relevant experience as a practitioner in a related field.
  • Teaching: Evidence of a minimum of 3 years teaching at the graduate level, including curriculum development and supervision of student research theses, or equivalent experience as a practitioner
  • Research : Active research and scholarship profile within his/her discipline or area of specialization.
  • Communication : excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge : demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of international security affairs, including the political and security issues of the Middle East.
  • Desirable

    The following will be considered an advantage:

    1. Subject Matter Expertise in the following disciplines as they relate to Strategic and Security Studies:

    • Cyber Security Artificial Intelligence International Law Strategic Leadership Military History/Strategy Wargaming/Modelling & Simulation 

    2. Professional Experience in his/her applied field as a policy practitioner at the national and/or international  level.

    3. Language : Fluency (speaking, reading, writing) in both NDC operative languages: Arabic and English.  


    The incumbent must demonstrate:

    • Achievement : Creates own measures of excellence and improves performance as a life-long learner;
    • Analytical Thinking : Sees multiple relationships;
    • Change and Leadership : Expresses vision for positive change;
    • Impact and Influence : Uses direct and indirect influence to elicit positive results;
    • Initiative : Is pro-active and decisive in a time-sensitive situation.
    • Organizational and Cultural Awareness : Understands organizational politics and cultural sensitivities;
    • Teamwork : Solicits inputs and encourages others.
    • Technology : Proficiency in modern classroom technologies, including Generative AI.


    The compensation package includes a competitive salary and allowances for housing, transportation, education fees for eligible minor children, cost of living, and health insurance. The start date is flexible, but ideally no later than August 2024.

    Application Process & Required Documents:

    Review of applications will begin immediately. Initial screening interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis as applications are received. Required documents for application include, but not limited to,

    (1) Letter of application that outlines the reasons for your interest in a position at the National Defense College, your teaching experience and philosophy, your research agenda, and your relevant professional experience.
    (2) Curriculum vitae;
    (3) Unofficial graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable) - Official degree and transcript are required for submission upon employment
    (4) One syllabus sample; and
    (5) Three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with your character, qualifications and relevant experience to be sent to TransLang Ltd by referees separately.

    How to Apply:

    All documents should be sent to Ms. Betty Boutros at ([email protected] ). The College anticipates conducting phone/video interviews in early 2024, with subsequent invitations for an on-site interview. Review of applications will continue until the position(s) are filled. Due to the volume of applicants, only shortlisted candidates who meet the specified requirements for this position of will be contacted.

    About the NDC-UAE:

    The NDC is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest of seven emirates, a well-ordered, industrious and a vibrant city known for its spectacular infrastructures, adventure activities, extensive deserts, rich heritage and beautiful beaches with a pretty waterside location. Made up of 200 islands, the emirate has a diversity of landscapes ranging from coastal islands filled with world-famous attractions and beaches to an uninterrupted desert scenery.

    The National Defense College is an equal opportunity employer.

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    United Arab Emirates
    United Arab Emirates (AE)

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    United Arab Emirates (AE)


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