Job Description

Job Title: Research Assistant - China Specialist with U.S. Clearance (Term)
Job ID: 4952
Location: Washington, DC
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Research Assistant - China Specialist with U.S. security clearance (Term Position)

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. 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.

Position Description

Limited duration position; 3 years

RAND seeks a highly motivated research assistant to work with our research staff on a number of China and Korea 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.

Education Requirements

This position is for Bachelors level applicants only.  Masters level applicants should look for Defense Analyst positions. Bachelor's degree in China/Asian Studies, Public Policy, Economics, International Relations or a related degree along with advanced Mandarin language skills.


0-2 years of related experience


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