Vacancy for Korea Policy Chair in Santa Monica, CA


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, 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 Chair is a four-year term position which may be renewable depending on the growth of Korea policy studies and sponsorship. The opportunity is open to scholars of Korea’s security policies, politics, international relations and international development. Scholars of public policy research relevant to international relations and development in such areas as demography, economics, and sociology are also encouraged to apply.

The Chair will have the opportunity to work collaboratively across disciplines with RAND researchers in fields such as law, economics, engineering, education, health care, political science, 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 political science, public policy, public administration, or a closely related discipline is required.
  • Ph.D. in other social sciences, such as demography, economics, and sociology, with a demonstrated emphasis on public policy research relevant to international relations and development will also be considered.


Applicants with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in an academic or non-academic research setting required. 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 Review

Review of applications will be ongoing.

Anticipated Start Date

July 2020 or as soon as filled.

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