Research Fellow & Program Officer

Institute for China America Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 02

Position description

The Institute for China-America Studies seeks a research fellow & program officer. This is a full-time salaried position. The application deadline is Friday, November 16, 2018.

Candidates should possess a PhD (or be currently working on a dissertation) in International Relations, Asian Studies or Security Studies, OR possess an MA in one of these fields with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Candidates are not expected to have a particular area of expertise. Rather, we are looking to enhance our existing portfolio of issues that are central to the bilateral relationship. Based on education and experience, candidates will also be considered at the research associate level.

A successful candidate will:

  • Pursue self-directed research that includes producing topical and relevant reports, op-eds and related short-form commentary.
  • Ability to set benchmarks, organize research and meet deadlines is essential.
  • Provide research and editorial support for senior ICAS scholars.
  • Represent ICAS at conferences, roundtables, media appearances and other events.
  • Oversee the publication of ICAS’s bi-monthly newsletter of the latest developments and scholarship in U.S.-China relations.
  • Oversee the ICAS website, maintain ICAS’s social media presence and promote its visibility in the D.C. think tank community.
  • Manage ICAS’s internship program.

Other duties include, but are not limited to: Organizing events, coordinating with third party vendors, developing memos, and overseeing the formatting and publication of research and annual reports.


  • Native-level proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • A proven record of interest in U.S.-China relations.
  • Experience producing and editing scholarly work.
  • Experience with G-suite for business.
  • Experience with WordPress.
    • Basic knowledge of html coding and content development.
  • Ability to use Mailchimp.
  • Experience using social management media tools and best practices.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Professional-level proficiency in Mandarin.
  • Experience living and working in China.
  • Past experience with grant writing and development.

Application instructions


ICAS offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample as a single PDF in the form below. Externally published opinion pieces are preferred, but excerpts of longer academic works are acceptable writing samples.

PLEASE NOTE: ICAS encourages applicants to think outside the box when drafting their cover letter. Don’t tell us “I am writing to express my interest in the position.” We already know that. Instead, consider telling us a story that highlights your experiences, and details what exactly makes you the best fit for the task. For an idea about what we are talking about, please refer to this excellent article from NPR on best practices in cover letter writing.

Questions about the position can be addressed to our research associate and program officer, Will Saetren.

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