Research Assistant / Associate – Freeman Chair in China Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies | Washington DC

About Job

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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 in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of more than 200 employees working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The Freeman Chair and China Power Project are seeking a joint full-time research assistant or research associate to provide dedicated support with various research projects focusing on China’s political system and evolving nature of Chinese power. Key research areas include: China’s domestic political system, international affairs, Chinese foreign policy and grand strategy, and cross-strait dynamics. Candidates should be motivated self-starters that enjoy a wide variety of analytical tasks. This position has a tentative start date of May 16th, 2022, although this date may be flexible.

The Freeman Chair in China Studies is a leading source of insight and analysis on China’s evolving political system and the dynamics that impact its domestic policy agenda and external behavior. Our mission is to shape the public policy debate by providing timely and objective analysis that challenges the status quo and informs policymakers, the public, and corporate executives on the most important issues impacting China’s political trajectory.

The China Power Project is committed to providing interactive visualizations and expert analysis in order to facilitate informed discussions of the complexities, capabilities, and potential outcomes of China’s rise. The Project seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other nations. The project examines five key areas of capabilities: military, economic, social, technology, and international image and engagement. Our team analyzes available data on Chinese capabilities, and provides expert analysis to contextualize facts and figures for our users.

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

• Researching and writing on issues related to China in support of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and China Power Project;
• Assisting in collecting and analyzing primary and secondary source documents;
• Monitoring Chinese media sources and reports;
• Drafting research memos and notes in support of research projects;
• Proofreading and editing outgoing publications;
• Assisting in event planning and staffing when needed;
• Managing interns in the execution of research and administrative tasks; and
• Curating datasets.


• Superb writing and editing skills;
• Exceptional analytical abilities combined with strong sense of creativity;
• Demonstrated passion for understanding and analyzing Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy;
• Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• Experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis; and
• Strong Mandarin Chinese language reading and research skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job 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.