Research Analyst

  • Individual Contributor
  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Experience level: 2+ years

Website Center for Security & Emerging Technology

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[January 2022] We are currently seeking applications for multiple Research Analyst positions. Specifically, we are looking for Analysts to support one of the following lines of research:

  • AI Workforce: Initial projects may include conducting research on the AI workforce in the U.S. and China using both supply and demand-side data. The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, and analysis on a range of issues related to AI talent pipelines. Research topics will include mapping industry and geographic migration trends, exploring the role of non-traditional educational pathways in AI workforce preparedness, understanding the impact of AI on the future of education and work, and comparatively assessing China’s AI workforce. The ideal candidate has an interest in education and workforce issues.
  • BiotechnologyInitial projects may include examination of the biotechnology workforce, infrastructure and funding that supports biotechnology research and dual use research of concern. The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, and analysis on topics such as biological safety infrastructure and regulations, global biosecurity policies and genome editing techniques. Ideal candidates include those with research experience in biology, chemistry or materials laboratory and/or exposure to genomics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, statistics, probability, econometrics, or related fields.
  • U.S. National Competitiveness: Research may include assessing the state of technological innovation and competitiveness in the U.S. as an element of national power; examining the use of investments and incentives to promote innovation; exploring export controls, sanctions and related policies to protect intellectual property and sensitive technologies; and leveraging trade rules and antitrust approaches to promote a fair and vibrant competitive environment. A particular interest is how to protect intellectual property and sensitive technologies while enabling constructive research collaborations.
  • Cyber/AI: Initial projects may include research on how AI may alter future disinformation campaigns, how AI may improve cyber defenses, or how to leverage competitions to spur innovation in AI applications for cyber. The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, leverage large data sources, and conduct analysis on topics at the intersection of cyber defense and AI,, the failure modes of ML, and how AI advances will shape geostrategic competition. Ideal candidates understand  machine learning basics and/or cyber operations , are able to digest the relevant research literature in order to support analysis, and have exposure to AI, machine learning, computer science, or cyber related fields.
  • AI Standards and Testing: The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, and analysis on topics related to AI accidents, safety, standards, testing, evaluation, verification, and validation in order to learn when systems work well, fail, and how to predict and mitigate these failures. The ideal candidate has the relevant tech skills needed to digest highly technological literature.
  • Supply Chains for Key National Security Technologies: The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, and analysis on issues related to supply chains. Initial projects may include researching the supply chains for national security relevant technologies such as cutting edge semiconductors to understand how the U.S. can maintain secure access to these technologies and identify policy options for the U.S. and its allies to preserve a generational lead over peer competitors. Analysts will also assess the implications of, and recommend policy actions for, de-coupling and re-shoring and other export-control related options.
  • U.S. National Security Applications of AI: The Analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, and analysis on issues such as how the U.S. government can make effective use of AI and other emerging technologies through examination of the technological state of development, feasibility and practicality, ethical principles, civil rights, privacy, and threat landscape. Analysts will also develop policy recommendations on R&D investment strategies, high-value opportunities for applications, as well as assessments of potential risks and mitigations.
  • Regional AI Technology Studies: The analyst can expect to conduct literature reviews, data creation, analysis, and written deliverables related to technological, economic, security, and diplomatic linkages in strategically relevant regions such as the Asia-Pacific and Europe. Issues at the core of regional AI technology studies include but are not limited to science and technology strategies and approaches of key nations and regional bodies; the state of AI-related research collaborations; patterns in AI and robotics patenting; technology transfer and trade linkages; AI-related investment patterns; and talent flows of technology experts from and across these regions. The analyst will also work to ideate and assess opportunities and pathways for increased or new U.S. engagement with nations, companies, and regional bodies in these regions to advance U.S. strategic interests and strengthen democratically-aligned technology development and cooperation.   


Research Analysts will report to CSET’s Director of Analysis and will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with Research Fellows, other Research Analysts, Data Scientists, and Center leadership to develop and execute research proposals.
  • Conducting analyses of data sets to derive insights and present findings in graphical and written formats.
  • Supporting research tasks like analyzing data and preparing appropriate data presentations, completing literature reviews, conducting research interviews, identifying and analyzing additional data and information sources from non-academic sources.
  • Contributing to and coauthoring written publications under the supervision of Research Fellows.
  • Attending DC briefings and events and providing summaries to Research staff.
  • Developing and helping to deliver presentations and briefs for policy-making audiences on topics related to emerging technologies, specifically, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), National Security, and associated policy considerations.
  • Monitoring trends and developments in AI, ML, and national security policy.
  • Supporting research with data-focused analytic tasks, such as identifying and evaluating data sources; preparing relevant datasets for analysis and executing appropriate analytic methodologies to extract information from those datasets; and generating data presentations and graphics suitable for reports, briefs and other CSET products with guidance from members of the Data Science Team.
  • Contributing to CSET’s organizational development, including contributing to internal working groups, seminars, and discussions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • 2+ years of demonstrated experience in research and policy analysis including familiarity with interpreting and visualizing data
  • Ability to carry on assigned tasks with limited supervision
  • Experience with Excel/Google Sheets (e,.g., pivot tables, vlookup)
  • Familiarity with at least one statistical analysis language/program like Python, R, STATA, SAS, or, SPSS (or equivalents).
  • Proficiency with office productivity tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven

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