Research Analyst

Johns Hopkins University
  • Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 24

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

The Research Analyst works with Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies within Johns Hopkins SAIS, on projects related to the Center’s mission of supporting the study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations. Recent topics include, but are not limited to: the role of cities in global governance; the functioning of Washington’s ‘idea industry’ and government-business relations; policy best practices in U.S.-Japan relations such as healthcare, infrastructure, and agriculture; global energy policy; and comparative Eurasian political economy.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conducting background research and analysis for projects designated by the Director
  1. Assisting the Director with preparations for upcoming course on US-Japan-China relations, including media analysis, syllabus creation, book review, presentation support, etc.
  1. Drafting, revising, and proofreading memos, articles, and monographs for distribution to both internal and external audiences
  1. Providing logistical support to Center events, particularly the ongoing seminar series and occasional conferences
  1. Evaluating and disseminating Japan-related political and economic news to Center staff and researchers

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.


  • Bachelors required. 
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, History, East Asian Studies, or a related field. 
  • Some related experience required. Interest in the regional issues of East Asia.
  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and familiarly with online academic databases.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Fluency in relevant languages such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese.

Application instructions

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