PhD Researcher in International/Security Policy

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Santa Monica, Boston, Pittsburgh, or Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Apr 22

Position description

RAND advises a variety of defense clients on policy-level decisions relating to defense programs, military systems, future force structure and doctrine, and national military strategy. Working with multi-disciplinary teams, national security researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.



National security researchers should have demonstrable ability to research and analyze intelligence or defense policy issues. 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 connection with national security or defense projects, many positions require that applicants be eligible to receive, or currently hold, a security clearance from the United States government.


Education Requirements

PhD in international relations, area studies, political science, public policy, public administration, or a closely related discipline.



Applicants may be considered for associate, full, or senior researcher positions commensurate with their experience.


Security Clearance

Some research may require a security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, one of the requirements includes U.S. citizenship.



Santa Monica, CA; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; (CA, MA, PA preferred office locations)


Positions Open:  Multiple

Writing Sample Required

Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.

Application instructions

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