Research Associate

UC San Diego
  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 07

Position description

The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovative programs, superb faculty and outstanding students and now stands among the world's top graduate schools of international relations and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas. GPS instructs a diverse student body consisting of 60% domestic and 40% international students in MPP, MCEPA, MIA, BA-MIA, MAS, joint PhD with Department of Political Science and executive education programs. GPS also administers the International Studies Program, a fast-growing interdisciplinary program with over 1700 declared undergraduate majors, that offers a rigorous curriculum for undergraduate students interested in international affairs. Offering nine B.A. degree options, three combined BA/MIA programs, and a minor program, the International Studies Program explores the interaction between the international and national, global and local, contemporary and historical ideas shaping globalization. GPS is also the parent organization to major research centers: Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), Center on Global Transformation (CGT), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 21st Century China Center, Fudan-UC Center on China, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL), Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR), and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT). 

Under the supervision, the Staff Research Associate will work with 21CCC researchers on data collection, organization, analysis, and writing on the center-wide priority of energy and climate change in China. Research topics will involve monitoring developments in the electricity sector and helping to produce open and reproducible datasets and modeling on the alignment of electricity market developments with carbon neutrality. The fellow will also assist in communicating and coordinating with collaborating organizations in the U.S. and China to disseminate research outputs.


  • Proficiency reading and writing in Chinese.

  • Familiar with energy, climate, and environmental research.

  • Advanced knowledge of information technology systems and demonstrated ability to use computer software systems for word processing, database manipulation, electronic mail and spreadsheet software.

  • Theoretical knowledge in Social Sciences, International Relations or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Excellent record keeping and data management skills with demonstrated ability to obtain and record accurate information and details to insure proper completion of forms and reports. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments, maintain workflow, and work productively in meeting critical deadlines and milestones. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact and diplomacy and the ability to work with a diverse group of people. 

  • Ability to work effectively and productively as part of an academic research team.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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