Student Research Assistant Opportunities

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Student Research Assistant Opportunities

Opportunities for Stanford University undergraduate students to work with CISAC Research Scholars and Fellows.

Research Assistant Positions


 

Part Time Research Assistant to Dr. Oriana Mastro - Hiding in Plain Sight: Power, Intentions, and China’s Challenge to the International Order (Spring or Summer Quarter)

 

STANFORD UNDERGRADUTE STUDENTS ONLY

Apply through Handshake Job # 4335412

 

This RA position will support the work of Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. This project will address a critical and timely question given the rise of China: what external factors explain how some rising powers manage to reach great power status and others fail? Specifically, how does a rising power acquire a level of power sufficient to rival the incumbent great power without sparking an unfavorable response sooner?

The RA will help gather and analyze relevant research in international relations theory on rising powers; Chinese foreign policy, and military strategy in the regional, globally and in international institutions; and evaluate contemporary policy debates on these topics.

The RA will get coaching on how to complete a number of products including literature reviews, policy debate overview memos, complete background memos on central foreign policy topics, briefings, bibliographies, and article summaries. By the end of the quarter, the student will be able to outline Chinese behavior and activities in the region, in international institutions, and around the world. The student will also be able to identify the points of agreement and disagreement about Chinese intentions, the scholars/strategists associated with different viewpoints, and how to assess the authoritativeness of a source.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A strong work ethic, grit, desire to learn and integrity.
  • A background in political science and ideally some coursework on China. 
  • Chinese reading skills a plus, but not required. 

 

This is a part-time role at 10 hours a week for either the Spring or Summer quarter. Students must be enrolled to be eligible. Students on a leave of absence are not eligible. 

Application deadline is March 1, 2021.

 


 

Full Time Research Assistant to Dr. Oriana Mastro - Hiding in Plain Sight: Power, Intentions, and China’s Challenge to the International Order (Spring or Summer Quarter)

 

STANFORD UNDERGRADUTE STUDENTS ONLY

Apply through Handshake Job #4250419 

 

This RA position will support the work of Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. This project will address a critical and timely question given the rise of China: what external factors explain how some rising powers manage to reach great power status and others fail? Specifically, how does a rising power acquire a level of power sufficient to rival the incumbent great power without sparking an unfavorable response sooner?

The RA will help gather and analyze relevant research in international relations theory on rising powers; Chinese foreign policy and military strategy in the regional, globally and in international institutions; and evaluate contemporary policy debates on these topics.

The RA will get coaching on how to complete a number of products including literature reviews, policy debate overview memos, complete background memos on central foreign policy topics, briefings, bibliographies, and article summaries. By the end of the quarter, the student will be able to outline Chinese behavior and activities in the region, in international institutions, and around the world. The student will also be able to identify the points of agreement and disagreement about Chinese intentions, the scholars/strategists associated with different viewpoints, and how to assess the authoritativeness of a source.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A strong work ethic, grit, desire to learn and integrity.
  • A background in political science and ideally some coursework on China. 
  • Chinese reading skills a plus, but not required.

 

This is a full-time role at 40 hours a week for either the Spring or Summer quarter. Students on a leave of absence are not eligible. VPUE's stipends for full-time undergraduate research grants will be calculated for each individual student. 

Application deadline March 1, 2021.

 


 

Full Time Research Assistant for Dr. Herb Lin - Cyber & Info Operations Effects on Nuclear Security (Summer Quarter)

 

STANFORD UNDERGRADUTE STUDENTS ONLY

Apply through Handshake Job #4158550 

 

Cyber and information operations present significant security implications for nuclear operations, strategy, and decision-making. This research project will consist of research assistance and original research at the nexus of cyber operations, information operations, and nuclear operations, strategy, and crisis decision-making, as part of a larger effort to understand the national security implications of these emerging technological capabilities.

The research assistant will have many opportunities for one-on-one mentorship with the faculty researcher, including feedback on original contributions. The outcomes of this project will include a contribution to original scholarship and the opportunity to hone individual research and writing skills in social science and public policy.

The ideal candidate will have basic familiarity with social science research methods, especially in international security. Writing skills, attention to detail and intellectual curiosity are required. Familiarity with nuclear issues (as well as international security, information security, psychology, cognitive science, and systems thinking) is useful but not required.

 

This is a full-time role at 40 hours a week for the Summer quarter. Students on a leave of absence are not eligible. VPUE's stipends for full-time undergraduate research grants will be calculated for each individual student. 

Application deadline March 1, 2021.