Position Detail Research Assistant - Foreign Policy Institute (Quant Skills)

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  • Position Details:

    Hours/Week: 10 HRS
    Hourly Rate: $14.00
    Expires: May 22, 2020

    Campus : Washington DC
  • Job Contact Info:

  • spapa2@jhu.edu

Research Assistant - Foreign Policy Institute (Quant Skills) Position

Job Description

The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) is seeking a part-time research assistant (RA) with advanced quantitative skills to join FPI faculty, staff, current student RAs, and consultants on a new research project that will compare the resources that countries around the world dedicate to diplomatic activities by producing a Diplomatic Power Capacity Index (DPCI).

  • Experience in econometrics or advanced econometrics (preferred)
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills, especially with regard to organizing and quantifying data
  • Ability to communicate quantitative information to a layperson
  • Comfort and ability working independently and in a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Adaptability; willingness to join a research project in its early, “start-up” phase
  • Interest in conceptualizing research projects
  • Prior experience conducting research for an index or developing an index is a plus, but not required.
  • Interest in diplomacy and/or the study of diplomacy
The RA will work up to 10 hours per week through September 2019 as needed to assist the FPI team in completing a “test index” or “proof of concept,” with an option to extend the position through December 2019.

Application: Please submit your resume and a brief written summary (1-2 paragraphs) of your quantitative skill set and interest in this project.

For more information on the DPCI and RA duties related to it, contact Stephanie Papa, FPI Research & Program Administrator, at spapa2@jhu.edu.


The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) of The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) unites the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI serves as a platform for the Johns Hopkins SAIS community of students, faculty, and staff to connect to the broader Washington, DC policy community.

FPI seeks to bridge the worlds of policy and scholarship through research, education, and outreach initiatives for the Johns Hopkins SAIS and broader policy community. To this end, FPI manages research programs on issues shaping geopolitical change and global and national responses to that change; hosts special, fellow-driven projects on understudied and timely issues in international affairs; runs educational initiatives such as skills courses and executive education/professional development courses; and provides support to the Johns Hopkins SAIS community through a robust fellows program, a prestigious research assistant program, and special events.