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Research Analyst, CUSE

The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Program Foreign Policy
Job Funtion Research
Posted Date 2019-07-24
Job ID 2019-2107
Salary Commensurate with experience

Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the great and major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors in the greater Middle East. Our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and key allies should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.

This position and the project it supports are part of the new Global Democracy and Emerging Tech Initiative at Brookings. The Research Analyst works closely with the project directors to conduct in-depth research and manage the implementation of a new project in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE). The core objective of the project is to better prepare for and anticipate future tech-driven threats from state and non-state actors, including but not limited to Russia. The project seeks to inform the policy debate on the implications of emerging technology, close information gaps between the tech and policy communities, generate greater common understanding about artificial intelligence (AI)-driven tools and the threats they pose, and develop an early warning monitoring channel to translate the implications of emerging tech for policy.


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The Research Analyst conducts in-depth research at the intersection of technology and policy and supports the coordination of three project-related workstreams, including: (1) identifying the latest developments in AI and related technologies, establishing processes for monitoring these developments, and producing content designed to inform foreign and public policy; (2) substantively and operationally supporting the research and publication of quarterly policy papers; and (3) coordinating and managing regular convenings with high-level stakeholders in the policy and tech community. S/he identifies how foreign state actors exploit technological tools, in conjunction with other tools and tactics, to undermine democracies. The Research Analyst also plays a key role in building Brookings’s research on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies and employs technical and analytical skills, including data science, to investigate new and existing ways emerging technologies affect democracy. S/he also works independently to conduct research at the intersection of tech and policy and supports the development of multimedia products that explain new tech developments in a manner that is understandable to non-experts.

Research, Research Support, and Writing (70%)

• Works with the project directors to design, facilitate, and execute research and analysis on future tech-driven threats from state actors.
• In coordination with the project director and principal investigators, conducts in-depth research to identify and understand new trends in technology and tracks the policy debate on future tech-driven threats from state actors and the development of potential policy responses.
• Collaborates with the project director, principal investigators, research assistants and communications team to support the development and implementation of a digital monitoring channel for tracking emerging technologies.
• Collaborates with the FP and Brookings central Communications teams to envision and design multimedia content (video, audio, text, interactives, visuals) that translates highly technical concepts, tools, and developments into accessible information for policymakers and the general public.
• Independently maintains familiarity with research on cross-cutting technology and policy issues in order to identify potential authors and paper topics for publication of quarterly policy papers.
• Substantively and operationally supports the research and manages the publication of quarterly policy papers authored by outside experts, including reviewing and editing publications.
• Provides research support to the project directors and contributes to the drafting of blogs and articles based on research findings and policy recommendations. May contribute to longer-form co-authored publications and may solo-author short-form content as required.
• Develops professional relationships with Brookings and external researchers, stakeholders, and other members of the program’s audience as a means of gathering information and soliciting feedback to support and advance research.

Project Management (30%)

• Works with the project directors and research assistants to conceptualize, plan, develop, coordinate, and implement three high-level workshops in the United States and Europe. The Research Analyst will be expected to attend the workshops, produce summaries, and synthesize the proceedings with the other research activities.
• Assists in the management of the project to ensure efficient operations and communication and maximum productivity, including by prioritizing the work, determining next steps, preparing for regular check-ins, and contributing to grant report requirements.
• Works with Brookings offices including Conference Services, Communications, and other research programs to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
• Conducts other relevant organizational and administrative work as required and participates in other FP and CUSE activities as needed.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a background in both policy and technology. This may come in the form of dual degrees in a technical field (such as computer science, information technology, machine learning, or related field) and another in social science or public policy (such as political science, international relations, public policy, or a related field), relevant professional experience or expertise in public policy, or vice versa. A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience is highly desired. Experience in event planning and project management highly desired. Complete English language fluency is required. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the United States.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Technical: Must have in-depth knowledge and/or relevant experience in the tech sector, including the ability to monitor and understand developments and trends in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed ledgers, and/or cryptography. Must be able to translate highly technical information into accessible formats for policy stakeholders and general audiences. Must be able to synthesize technical research and publications and be familiar with modern computing environments and codebases. Must be able to envision and work with communications staff to produce short-form digital content, including video, audio, interactives, and other visuals.

Research: Must demonstrate broad knowledge of issues, research sources, and methodologies in artificial intelligence and related technologies, the implications of these technologies on policy, asymmetric threats, and how Russia and other authoritarian governments use these tools. Must be able to apply technical and policy knowledge to help identify specific research topics for this project.

Organization: Must be able to lead scholars, professional staff, and outside experts and guide them in carrying out assigned projects. Must be able to plan and execute events in a short timeframe. Must possess excellent organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail. Must be able to work independently and multi-task successfully. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, including both research and non-research tasks, in a successful and timely manner.

Communication: Must have outstanding written and oral communications skills. Must be able to interact professionally and productively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. Must be able to translate highly technical information into accessible formats for non-technical audiences. Must be able to conceptualize how information and concepts can be communicated in different formats. Must be able to accurately convey instructions, concepts, research summaries, and analysis. Must be able to clearly, accurately, and concisely summarize research for internal use and for publication. Must be able to solo-author short-form content and contribute effectively to longer-form, co-authored publications.

Interpersonal: Strong interpersonal skills are required. Must possess poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgement to interact appropriately and professionally in high-pressure environments and with senior, high-level stakeholders.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

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