Research Specialist (China Indo-Pacific)

CNA Corp.
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

CIP-The China Indo-Pacific division supports the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as other DOD sponsors by providing expertise and analyses focused on China as a global, regional, military, and maritime actor; regional reactions to China; US-China military relations; and US policy towards China.

Support CNA China Studies projects and other corporate needs including through (1) collecting, processing, vetting, and analyzing pertinent English and Chinese language data for further use and/or (2) conducting technical assistance activities such as planning and organizing meetings and seminars, and/or (3) supporting the process of developing and submitting proposals through collecting and organizing resumes, past performance reports, and corporate capabilities.

1  Apply standard research methodologies to gather, process, and analyze data. Use relevant database software to effectively organize and present data and generate reports.  Demonstrate facility at the intermediate level with Microsoft Office and other standard CNA software packages to accomplish primary duties.

2 Develop a basic familiarity with the missions and organizational structure of the division or team's major client/sponsors. 

3 Participate in meetings with project team. Support preparation for client/sponsor interactions. Identify client/sponsor POC for their projects.

4 Develop a sufficient understanding or expertise on specific tasks, issues or data so as to make a positive contribution to project outcomes.

5 Develop basic knowledge about CNA, its organization, key personnel and personalities, and relevant CNA standard operating procedures (SOPs), to include basic knowledge of CNA business environment. Understand the concepts of core, above core, and above ceiling/ domestic. Have basic awareness of the project development process.

6 Possess the skills necessary to communicate information concisely, precisely, and in a grammatically correct manner in oral and written communication. Present and summarize data effectively.

7 Work under close supervision on focused, well-structured pieces of projects. Tracks personal project spending.

8 Exhibit a positive attitude in interactions with colleagues, clients/sponsors, and staff. Take initiative offering assistance when opportunities arise.  


1  Education: Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience required. Master's degree in history, political science, economics, Asian Studies, security policy, or international affairs  preferred. 

2  Experience: Minimum 0 years relevant experience required.

3  Skills: Ability to conduct research in both English and Mandarin. Basic computer skills; Microsoft Office; database management; good interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; strong critical thinking and organizational skills.

4  Other: Ability to obtain and maintain an Active Secret Security Clearance. As part of the screening process for some positions, applicants may be asked to participate in a translation assessment.

5. Required Documents: Use the “Resume Attachments” section to upload:1) Copies of transcripts from all schools attended (unofficial copies are sufficient); 2) Any writing sample(s) that best exemplifies your written work (i.e. post-conference writings, publications, etc...).

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