PhD Researcher in International/Security Policy

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Santa Monica, CA or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $260 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

RAND advises a variety of defense clients on policy-level decisions relating to defense programs, military systems, future force structure and doctrine, and national military strategy.  Working with multi-disciplinary teams, national security researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.


National security researchers should have demonstrable ability to research and analyze intelligence or defense  policy issues.  All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively  in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to  work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team;  and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality  and objectivity.

In connection with national security or defense projects,  many positions require that applicants be eligible to receive, or currently hold, a security clearance from the  United States government.

Education Requirements

PhD in international relations, area studies, political science, public policy, public administration, or a closely related discipline.


Applicants may be considered for associate, full, or senior researcher positions commensurate with their experience.

Security Clearance

Some research may require a security clearance.  In order to obtain a security clearance, one of the requirements includes U.S. citizenship.

Santa Monica, CA or Pittsburgh, PA office locations preferred

Writing Sample Required

Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.

Application instructions

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