Research Assistant, Economics and Trade

Washington, D.C
Feb 01, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time

1. Monitor, investigate, and assess developments relevant to the Economics and Trade Team's portfolio including, but not limited to, the topics identified in "requirements and qualifications" below.
2. Provide daily and weekly updates to Commissioners and other research staff on developments in the Commission's mandated research areas.
3. Assist in drafting detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Economics and Trade Team's portfolio.
4. Provide support to Commission staff in planning hearings, writing the Annual Report or other research reports, and preparing testimony or other products by conducting research, drafting correspondence, writing, and fact checking.
5. Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan, organize, and provide administrative support to Commission hearings.
6. Provide research, analytical, and other support on assigned issue areas within the team's portfolio for Commissioners, Member staff, and Congressional committee staff.
7. Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memoranda to Commissioners and staff.
8. Conduct literature reviews, expert interviews, and other initial research to identify potential avenues for Commission research products and public hearings.
9. Provide substantive review on external contracted research reports.
10. Assist with developing and sustaining a professional network of China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.


Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be eligible for a security clearance. Upon appointment, the selectee will be required to undergo a background investigation, and during the employment period may also be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance. An active clearance is not a prerequisite for applying for or initiating employment.



1. Ability to present information clearly and concisely through memos, reports, briefings, and other presentations.
2. Research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues.
3. Interest and knowledge, as demonstrated by relevant coursework or work experience, in at least two of the following areas:
  • China's domestic economy;
  • China's financial system, including its banking system and capital markets and their regulation;
  • China's technology development goals and industrial policy;
  • China's economic diplomacy and statecraft; and
  • U.S.-China bilateral trade and investment flows and China's adherence to U.S.-China bilateral commitments, its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, and other multilateral agreements.
4. Knowledge of U.S. trade laws, regulations, and procedures, as well as policy goals of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch, especially those pertaining to the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, as well as to the control of exports and regulation of securities issuance and trading.
5. Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Asian Studies, Economics, Political-Economy, International Relations, or Political Science.
6. Professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize original language sources of electronic and print information in developing policy-relevant original research and analysis.


Bachelor's degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Asian Studies, Economics, Political-Economy, International Relations, or Political Science.

Additional information

The Commission actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and values having a variety of views, backgrounds, and experiences on the team. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of that individual's protected characteristics, including: race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, and childbirth), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, uniformed service, or sexual orientation.

The Commission will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Benefits. As federal government employees, Commission employees in six-month term positions are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Employees accrue and may use annual and sick leave in accordance with Commission policies and procedures. For more information, please visit .