• Research Assistant, China Center (Job ID: 2018-1830)

    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/17/2018 11:00 AM)
    Foreign Policy
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience.
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant in the John L. Thornton China Center helps identify specific research topics, and conducts research and provides administrative support for a Senior Fellow’s work focused on China’s economy, financial and monetary policy, global investment policy, banking, and U.S.-China economic relations.  Additionally, the Research Assistant supports other scholars in related subject areas.


    This is a part-time position, working 60% of full-time.


    Research Assistance (90%)

    • Working in both Chinese and English languages, collects data and performs document retrieval from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
    • Conducts research on project issues; provides analysis of data and independent writing including narrative reports to funders; contributes to writing of international case studies, policy briefs, and project monograph.
    • Assembles relevant material including press reports, interviews, government data, documents, reports, and seminars.
    • Writes summary reports of forums, symposia, and conferences; drafts abstracts, summaries, and analyses of books and articles.
    • Monitors and summarizes current developments in geographic areas of project work.
    • Reads Chinese- and English-language sources for relevancy to research themes; compiles bibliographies and chronologies.

     Administrative Support (10%)

    • Manages logistical arrangements for forums, seminars, and conferences.
    • Schedules appointments and makes travel arrangements.
    • Screens calls to determine purpose and nature of requests and where appropriate responds to inquiries.
    • Copy edits and proofreads documents.
    • Helps with publication and correspondence translation from English to Chinese and Chinese to English.
    • Assists with general JLTCC administrative needs, as required, such as helping to maintain database of relevant officials, experts, journalists, and regional actors involved in issues of interest for JLTCC scholars.


    Education/Experience Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree in international affairs, international economics, or related area required. Master's degree preferred. Minimum one year of experience conducting economic research and/or analysis required. Demonstrated experience with work related to Chinese economy, U.S.-China economic policy, and international affairs required. Additionally, must have experience working with primary research sources, and experience conducting quantitative research. Candidates currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. preferred.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Research: Must possess knowledge of China’s economy, U.S.-China economic relations, and international trade and economic relations in East Asia, and must be able to conduct directed, professional policy research in these issue areas using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to identify sources with minimal direction and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies. 

    Writing: Ability to fact check and copy-edit publications is required. Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to write clear and concise summaries of research for use by the Senior Fellow; able to summarize Brookings public events for publication on the Brookings website; able to co-author blog posts with a Senior Fellow; and able to draft event invitations that require minimal editing.

    Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail; and be able to work independently, multi-task and prioritize in a heavy workload environment, and complete tasks in a timely manner.

    Communication skills: Complete fluency in Mandarin Chinese is required; a high degree of proficiency in spoken and written English is also required. Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required.

    Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere. 

    Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet and database programs, particularly STATA; and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. Capability in data visualization tools is preferred.


    Additional Information:


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


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