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Jul 28, 2022

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Analyst (China Project)

Global Security Program

Union of Concerned Scientists


Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists, and everyday people who develop and advocate for innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.


The Global Security Program (GSP) in the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) seeks outstanding candidates for an Analyst/Senior Analyst position in support of our goals of reducing the risks posed by nuclear weapons. We seek versatile thinkers committed to policy progress who can contribute to our China Project by designing and carrying research and policy analysis; serve as a subject matter expert and spokesperson on arms control, nuclear, and security policy with respect to China; engage with U.S. policy makers to educate them and promote policy change; increase the visibility and understanding of these issues in scientific, press and public sectors; participate in international efforts to research and influence these security issues.



· Work with the China Project Manager to increase the involvement of Chinese scientists in the resolution of outstanding problems in arms control, security, and other areas important to the organization.

· In collaboration with the China Project Manager, the Research Director, and the Global Security Program Director, design new joint US-China projects and assist the China Project Manager in executing them. Organize activities related to these projects, including the preparation of papers and other products for distribution to select audiences or the general public.

· Conduct and produce research on Chinese arms control, security, and other issues important to the organization, including maintaining in-depth knowledge of current events, policy developments and relevant academic research.

· Conduct literature reviews and searches, in Chinese and English, to monitor and assess current and ongoing research, activities, practices, and trends in GSP areas of interest. Evaluate and synthesize relevant articles, books, abstracts, reports, and other publications.

· Serve as a UCS representative in China and present UCS perspectives on relevant issues. Advise the Director of Global Security on new developments connected to the role of science in security within China and East Asia that affect the work of UCS and the Global Security Program.

· Educate policymakers, reporters, and non-governmental policy experts on issues related to Chinese arms control, science, and security policies as well as U.S. attitudes and policies toward China. Serve as a spokesperson on these issues to the media and represent UCS at related public fora, government hearings, and conferences with academics.

· Advise U.S. decision-makers, government analysts and non-governmental experts on Chinese science and security policy. Write briefing papers, articles, letters, op-ed pieces, and other materials for policymakers, the media and concerned external audiences.

· Assist with arranging meetings and seminars in China.


Qualifications and Experience

The position requires knowledge of China, generally demonstrated through graduate level education, and an interest in science and security issues. It also requires an adequate ability to speak and read Chinese, as well as familiarity with Chinese society and culture, ideally acquired through time living, working, or studying in China. Prior experience working with individuals and institutions in China is preferred. Public speaking skills and a demonstrable ability to write for general audiences is expected. An understanding of the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates, and one to two years of related professional experience is preferred. Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


May spend extended periods at computer. If it is safe to do so, regular travel to China (20 days per year) is required.


UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.



This is a full-time position which can be remote or based in on of UCS’s offices (Oakland, Chicago, Cambridge, Washington, DC). For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $80,531-$90,600. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

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Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.


More about the team:

Our team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to create an environment which is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.


To Apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.


This position is in the bargaining unit.


Covid Mandate for New Hires:

For in office roles, UCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be reporting to an office location must provide notice of their vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster shots, even if working remotely.


All new employees must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as soon as practicable. Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.


Deadline: until filled

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