Research Assistant

US-Korea Institute at SAIS
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 14

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 the U.S. Korea Institute (USKI) department at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Research Assistant will offer research and logistical support to USKI staff and scholars.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the job: 

Providing research assistance on various USKI projects, including background and issue briefs & memos, news and media tracking, and special assignments to contribute to USKI publications; editing and proofreading USKI publications in the pre-production process which includes formatting, copy editing, and citation formatting and proofreading; providing logistical support for USKI events, including invitation and RSVP management, material preparation, and on-the-ground support; providing general administrative support; and other duties and assignments as needed.

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. Bachelor's degree in Asian studies, international relations or related area strongly preferred. Some related experience. 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. 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. Some project management and event planning experience highly preferred. Bilingual Korean/English capabilities and an understanding of Korea policy or East Asia policy strongly preferred.

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