Research Assistant - China Specialist Position with RAND for May or Recent Grad
RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.
Limited duration position; 3 years
RAND seeks a highly motivated research assistant to work with our research staff on a number of China-related projects in a variety of areas, with an emphasis on national security issues. Research assistants work directly with and under the guidance of RAND researchers. Responsibilities will involve collection of information in Chinese and English using public and proprietary sources; preliminary reduction and analysis of this information; and, over time, preparation of draft documents and presentations.
Candidates must have advanced Mandarin reading skills, demonstrated on a RAND-sponsored language test.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) is required. Knowledge of quantitative applications (SAS, SPSS, STATA, etc.) or programming skills (C++, R, Java, SQL etc.) is desired.
Preference given to those applicants that hold an active US government security clearance. Those without security clearances should be eligible for a clearance, which requires US citizenship, and willing to go through the security clearance process.
This position is for Bachelors level applicants only. Masters level applicants should look for Project Associate positions. Bachelor's degree in China/Asian Studies, Public Policy, Economics International Relations or a related degree along with advanced Mandarin language skills.