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#113091 IGCC Assistant Director of Research

Filing Deadline: Fri 12/10/2021

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The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovative programs, superb faculty and outstanding students and now stands among the world's top graduate schools of international relations and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas. GPS instructs a diverse student body consisting of 60% domestic and 40% international students in MPP, MCEPA, MIA, BA-MIA, MAS, joint PhD with Department of Political Science and executive education programs. GPS also administers the International Studies Program, a fast-growing interdisciplinary program with over 1700 declared undergraduate majors, that offers a rigorous curriculum for undergraduate students interested in international affairs.

Offering nine B.A. degree options, three combined BA/MIA programs, and a minor program, the International Studies Program explores the interaction between the international and national, global and local, contemporary and historical ideas shaping globalization. GPS is also the parent organization to major research centers: Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), Center on Global Transformation (CGT), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 21st Century China Center, Fudan-UC Center on China, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL), Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR), and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT).

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigators, the Assistant Director of Research manages the Institute's research portfolio on Science, Technology, and Innovation in China. The position will manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the research programs and teams, and will work with the PIs to identify areas of possible collaboration related to the PI's interests and grant opportunities. The position will establish relationships and partnerships to support both existing research initiatives and new areas of academic interest. Works with program leadership to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams and participates in the program budgeting and accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of program.


  • Advanced degree (Masters required, PhD or ABD encouraged) in one or more of the fields of political science, economics, political economy, science, and technology policy, international relations, and East Asian area studies and at least 3 years of experience in a related field (e.g. research operations or administrative analysis); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • In-depth knowledge of Chinese science, technology, innovation, and political economy issues. Excellent knowledge of accepted social protocols in order to interact and communicate effectively with government officials, business executives, scholars, and opinion leaders with poise, confidence, and professionalism. Thorough understanding of and familiarity with Chinese and other Asian cultural norms and nuances.

  • Advanced competence in spoken Chinese and in writing and reading comprehension.

  • Experience working with faculty in developing research plans and in writing and securing contracts, grants and/or other support from public and private funding sources for the social sciences.

  • Experience facilitating communications with faculty and researchers across a broad range of disciplines and cultures. Ability to identify and promote research excellence of academics and programs.

  • Demonstrated experience administering programs, including budgeting, fiscal management, marketing, promotion, program revision, expansion and evaluation.

  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to clearly and concisely present ideas, concepts and detailed technical information in a multidisciplinary setting, and to funding organizations and representatives as well as to those possessing minimal technical backgrounds.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.

  • Ability to think strategically, tactically, and creatively. Ability to translate vision into cogent plans for academic research centers.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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