Research Assistant

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Harvard University
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 28

Position description

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Assistant. The Belfer Center is the hub for Harvard University’s research, teaching, and training in international security affairs. In 2019, it was ranked the world’s #1 university-affiliated think-tank for the sixth year in a row.


Research Assistants support Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, in conducting in-depth research on current international security issues relating to the US and China. The Assistant works closely with other members of a small research team and plays a key role in Dr. Allison’s current research project on America’s policy toward China.


  • Candidates must have significant knowledge of, and interest in, current international security issues relating to the US and China, and Chinese domestic politics and economics; exceptional writing skills; basic quantitative proficiency; and a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision under tight deadlines. 


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, though we will consider candidates who have a bachelor’s degree with extraordinary academic or professional credentials.


  • At least one year of related work experience is required, along with demonstrated knowledge of various research methods and statistical techniques. Relevant coursework may count toward experience.


  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Application instructions

Send the following materials to [email protected]:

(1) Cover letter of 300 words or less

(2) One-page résumé

(3) Official or unofficial transcript PDF

(4) Analytic writing sample of 20 pages or less (China-related content preferred)

(5) Names and contact information for three references


Materials must be submitted by November 7, 2019. 

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