Research Associate

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

Position description

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is seeking candidates for the role of Research Associate. 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.


The Research Associate supports Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, in supervising the collaborative activities of a small research team and conducting in-depth research on current international security issues relating to the US and China. The Associate serves as the central node for 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; proficiency in statistical and quantitative methods; and excellent research, writing, editing, and communication skills.


  • Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, political science, or a closely related field is required.
  • At least 2-3 years related work experience performing research (quantitative or qualitative) is required, though we will consider candidates who have a doctoral degree with extraordinary academic credentials. Prior experience in an academic or think-tank setting is a plus.


  • Candidates should be mature self-starters with sound judgment, have the capacity to work with a wide range of individuals, and ability to manage a variety of tasks/research projects simultaneously.


  • 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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