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The Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Director and the Associate Director of the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) to provide comprehensive research support for CUSE scholars, as well as administrative support and coordination for CUSE operations and events. Current CUSE research topics include institutional relations between the United States and the European Union, bilateral relations between the United States and key European states (particularly France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom), and transnational developments, such as populism. In addition to this research support, the Research Assistant also serves as point of contact for travel and media-appearance scheduling for certain scholars and works as a team member to provide general programmatic support across the Center.
Research and Event Support (70%)
Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree is required (degree in international relations or political science, preferred). Minimum two years of relevant work experience (including experience in research support, event coordination and planning, and project management) is required. European work or study experience is preferred.
Research: Must possess strong knowledge of European policy issues, U.S.-Europe relations, and general U.S. foreign policy, and be able to conduct directed, professional foreign policy research using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to conduct literature reviews and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies.
Writing: Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to co-author blog posts with a scholar and able to draft literature reviews, event invitations, formal correspondence, and short publications or sections in longer papers with supervision from a scholar. Must be able to fact check and copy edit publications.
Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail. Must be able to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner. Must be able to organize large and small events with high-level participants.
Communication skills: Must have outstanding written and oral communications skills. Must be able to interact professionally and productively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly French, German, Russian, or Turkish, is a plus.
Interpersonal skills: Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle issues and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere.
Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Office 365. A demonstrated ability to visualize how data and concepts can be communicated in different formats is preferred.
Must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States.
What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
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.