Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Digital Forensic Research Lab

About DFRLab

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way!

Join our fast-paced and truly global team, as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected than at any point in history, by building the world’s leading hub of digital forensic analysts tracking events in governance, technology, security, and where each intersect as they occur, as well as a network of #DigitalSherlocks;

To create a new model of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results;

To identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.

The DFRLab is at the forefront of open-source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersect. These unprecedented methods allow us to inform the public and policymakers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crisis, and human rights violations in a uniquely human and tangible way.

We’re doing a different kind of research and creating new industry standards that account for a paradigm shift in the way humans connect with each other and consume information.

And we’re growing a digitally native publication to match that ambition.

The DFRLab is building a movement. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Job Summary

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab seeks a talented and motivated Project Assistant to support the day-to-day work of its global team.

As Project Assistant in the DFRLab, you will play a key role in developing and organizing activities including high-level engagements, as well as in coordinating and drafting publications. You will provide research and logistics assistance to the DFRLab’s Director and collaborate closely with the rest of the team based in Washington, DC and abroad. Part of your responsibilities will be coordinating meetings, drafting research memos, fulfilling administrative tasks and assist the global team with their logistical needs, as well as help with the development of new projects and partnerships.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, international environment, as well as demonstrate interest and experience in international relations and digital media. The candidate must have excellent administrative and organizational skills, superior writing ability, consistent attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to manage day-to-day logistics.

We are currently hiring for an immediate start.  The final candidate will initially be hired on a three-month contract, with the intention of transitioning into a full-time position upon successful performance. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.  


  • Perform program administration in close collaboration with the DFRLab Director;
  • Organize multi-time zone schedules and domestic and international travel for the leadership and wider team of the DFRLab;
  • Support the DFRLab’s development through coordinating its day-to-day global operations and in research, writing, and editing when necessary;
  • Support the organization of Council events, including workshops and conferences;
  • Consolidate, edit, and conduct background research as needed for meeting preparation, speeches, and articles;
  • Draft, edit, and proofread internal and external correspondence, including e-mail traffic and social media;
  • Support logistics for senior Atlantic Council and DFRLab staff and prepare substantive briefing material for guests coming to Washington and for trips abroad;
  • Assist other practice areas within the DFRLab and Council leadership as needed.


  • BA or MA in international relations, or a related field;
  • A minimum of one year of relevant experience and proven organizational and administrative skills;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages is preferred;
  • Knowledge of executive office operations, organizational decision making, calendar and e-mail management, and scheduling;
  • Proven interest in the overlap between international relations, human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and online information environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to edit and to write quickly and clearly;
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials;
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and ability to multi-task and to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.