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Research Assistant, Economics and Trade - Federal

U.S.-China Commission
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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For the full vacancy announcement which includes how to apply instructions, salary, and benefits, please visit https://www.uscc.gov/job-opportunities


Under the direction of the Commission’s Director for Economics and Trade, or the Executive Director, the position is responsible for policy and issue analysis primarily in the fields of economics and trade. This position requires the ability to:

  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. Draft detailed written and oral analyses and assessments of issues within the Economics and Trade Team’s portfolio.
  3. Provide support to Commission staff planning hearings, writing the Annual Report or other research reports, preparing testimony or other products by conducting research, drafting correspondence, writing, or fact checking.
  4. Work with designated hearing co-chairs, senior staff, and team members to plan, organize, and provide administrative support to Commission hearings.
  5. Serve as a subject matter expert on assigned issue areas within the team’s portfolio for Commissioners, Member staffs, and Congressional committee staffs.
  6. Research and draft assigned portions of the Commission’s Annual Report.
  7. Attend seminars, meetings, and events on behalf of the Commission, and write memoranda to Commissioners and staff.
  8. Assist with developing and sustaining a professional network of China analysts in the U.S. government, private sector, and academia.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Strong and demonstrated ability to present information clearly and concisely through memos, reports, briefings, and other presentations.
  2. Advanced research, analytical, and evaluative skills, including the ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of disparate data on emerging and/or controversial issues.
  3. Knowledge of international economics and the application of economic principles in U.S. bilateral and multilateral trade, financial and economic relations.
  4. Knowledge of China’s economic policies and practices, including the drivers, actors, and conduct of China’s economic policies.
  5. Knowledge of U.S. trade and economic policies and goals pertaining to China and Taiwan and, more broadly, to the Indo-Pacific.
  6. Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field, such as Economics, Law, International Relations, or Asian Studies.


(Not required, but may be considered in the selection process)

  1. Experience in a Congressional or Executive Branch office, particularly with responsibilities for issues pertaining to China, Taiwan, or the Indo-Pacific Region.  
  2. Experience living and/or working in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.
  3. Ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese, to include ability to effectively utilize sources of electronic and print information.
Posted: 2020-02-11 Expires: 2020-03-12

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