Part-Time Research Assistant - Japan Chair

Center For Strategic And International Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 05

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.



The CSIS Japan Chair seeks a part-time research assistant to work on a range of substantive and administrative activities in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The research assistant will be expected to assume various responsibilities including policy-oriented research, project management, event planning and logistics, copyediting, program coordination, and administration.

The successful candidate will be a team player, possess excellent administrative, communication, research, and writing skills, and demonstrate a keen interest in Japan and the international relations of the Indo-Pacific region.




Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on a wide range of issues including Japanese foreign and security policy, U.S.-Japan relations, U.S. strategy in Asia, and other topics examined by the Japan Chair;
  • Support day-to-day management of Japan Chair research projects including but not necessarily limited to coordinating assignments and deadlines, editing and publishing written products, and meeting reporting requirements;
  • Assist senior program staff with event planning and logistics;
  • Perform other general tasks to support office functions.


Required qualifications:

  • B.A. in International Relations, Political Science, or a related field; M.A. preferred.
  • Exceptional research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and in groups.
  • Oral proficiency in Japanese preferred.

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