Research Assistant

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins (SAIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 04

Position description

Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for more than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the MA, MIPP, MAIA, MAIS, MIEF, GPP, and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls 640 full-time students in Washington, D.C., primarily in the school's two-year Master of Arts program. Nearly 40 percent of the students are non-citizens coming from more than 70 countries. About 200 students attend SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, while about 180 students attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. To learn more about SAIS, visit

Position Overview

In support of Professor David Calleo at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Research Assistant will offer research support for projects as assigned. This will principally consist of aiding Professor Calleo with the background research and preparation for manuscript.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the job: 

The individual’s responsibilities will include — though are not limited to — Providing research assistance on various projects, including compiling literature reviews and contributing to grant proposals, as needed; editing and proof reading documents for internal use or external publication; developing chapter narratives, drafting memos, and editing academic materials. Additionally, the incumbent will be required to provide some administrative support, such as copying and scanning documents.

Note: This position posting should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties, as required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.


The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree in related discipline, Master's preferred. Some related experience required. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.; Masters preferred. The ideal candidate must be familiar with quantitative and qualitative research approaches and hold advanced knowledge of European Studies. Candidate must have superior writing and editing skills and proficiency in both online and offline research methods. Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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