Korea Policy Chair

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Santa Monica, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

The RAND Corporation, a global leader in public policy research, is seeking a recognized scholar and dynamic leader to fill its newly established Korea Policy Chair. Created with significant support from the Korea Foundation, the Chairholder will undertake research on challenges to East Asian security and prosperity that are of interest between the Republic of Korea and the United States.  

The holder of the Korea Policy Chair will develop and manage a research agenda on East Asian security and prosperity, build partnerships with research institutes in Korea to organize symposia, exchange programs, and joint research projects, and mentor Korea studies scholars at RAND. The resources available to support the Chair will significantly, but not entirely, fund the position. To supplement the support provided by the donors, as well as to establish a flourishing program of Korea policy studies at RAND, the Chair will be required to develop a program of externally-funded research at RAND. The opportunity is open to scholars of Korea’s security policies, politics and international relations.

The Chair will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across disciplines with RAND researchers in fields such as law, economics, engineering, education, health care, psychology, sociology, and statistics. This multidisciplinary approach to research and analysis is a hallmark of RAND research.


All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity. In addition, the Chair is expected to have a strong relevant research record and will be expected to mentor junior analysts at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and will have the opportunity to teach at the School.

Education Requirements

Ph.D.  in international relations, area studies, political science, public policy, public administration, or a related discipline required.


  • Applicants with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in an academic or non-academic research setting preferred.
  • Fluency in the Korean language is preferred.
  • The successful candidate will have proven program-management experience.
  • Experience that includes initiating and developing Korea studies programming, fund-raising, and outreach is highly desirable.

Application instructions

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