Job Opening: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Job Description

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.


The Research Associate for the Freeman Chair in China Studies makes substantive contributions to the research agenda of the Chair’s senior scholars through writing, research, data/trend analysis, and project development. In addition, the Research Associate assists in ensuring the successful coordination of all aspects of the Program.
The Freeman Chair in China Studies is recruiting a Research Associate who is highly motivated, professional, and has a strong interest in China’s political economy, domestic or international. An ideal candidate will have:
1) Fieldwork experience in China and the ability to work with Chinese-language sources;
2) Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative data on China’s economy;
3) Strong written and oral communication skills; and a
4) Demonstrated interest in how research speaks to public policy issues.


The CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies is dedicated to delivering informed public policy analysis, expert briefings, and strategic policy recommendations on greater China and East Asia in the arenas of domestic politics, economics, foreign policy, and security. The Freeman Chair’s Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy aims to bring sustained attention to China’s evolving economic policies, its business sector, and to the country’s economic engagement with the rest of the world.
Required Experience


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

  • Research support and briefings for Freeman Chair’s senior scholars.
  • Monitoring trends and developments in China.
  • Researching, drafting, and authoring publications.
  • Contributing to proposal process through initial concept formulation and drafting.
  • Providing administrative support for the Freeman Chair programs (i.e. intern program, visiting fellows program, events).
  • Coordinating when necessary with other CSIS programs on relevant research and projects.


  • Minimum degree is an M.A. in a related field (economics, political science, international relations, public policy, or international business).
  • May be a good fit for a doctoral candidate or recent PhD recipient not interested in immediately pursuing an academic career.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis, economic data and solid knowledge base of economic policy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 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. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please note that application instructions must be followed, otherwise your application may be rejected. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on Wednesday, February 17. Materials must be submitted via the online portal here: Interested applicants please submit the following:

  • Please include your name on all application materials.
  • A resume, in lieu of or in addition to the online application resume.
  • A cover letter explaining interest in the position and current research interests.
  • A short writing sample of 1,000-3,000 words. This may be taken from a larger work, but please do not include submissions above 3,000 words. Writing samples related to the Chinese economy are strongly recommended.
  • Graduate school transcript.
  • Contact information for 2 references.
  • PDFs are preferred for all documents.

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Job Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular