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Hu Chair in Taiwan Policy Studies, RAND Corporation

Santa Monica

Position Description

The RAND Corporation, a global leader in public policy research, is seeking a recognized scholar and dynamic leader to fill its newly endowed Chair in Taiwan Policy Studies. Created by a generous gift from Ting Wu Hu, a long-time RAND supporter, the Taiwan Chairholder will undertake research on the critical factors that will influence Taiwan’s future, with particular focus on long term growth, socio-economic development, and security.

The Chairholder will develop and manage a research agenda on Taiwan’s policies for sustainable growth, build partnerships with research institutes in Taiwan to organize symposia, exchange programs, and joint research projects, and mentor Taiwan studies scholars at RAND. The contribution from the sponsor will significantly, but not entirely , fund the position. To supplement the support provided by the contribution, as well as to establish a flourishing program of Taiwan policy studies at RAND, the Chair will be required to develop a program of externally-funded research. The Chair is a five-year term position which may be renewable depending on the growth of Taiwan policy studies and external funding.

The Chair will  work collaboratively across disciplines with RAND researchers in fields such as economics, engineering, international relations, law, natural sciences, political science, psychology, sociology, national security, 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 RAND and the Pardee RAND Graduate School and will have the opportunity to teach at the School.


  • Ph.D. in public policy, economics or international development, or
  • Ph.D. in adjacent fields* with relevant experience in the social sciences or international relations with relevant policy research experience also qualifies

* Note: “Adjacent fields” include fields in which public policy research relevant to economics and international development has been undertaken; examples include fields such as demography, economics, political science, and sociology.


  • Fluency in Mandarin is required.


Applicants with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in an academic or non-academic research setting preferred. The successful candidate will have proven program management experience. Experience that includes initiating and developing Taiwan studies programming, sponsored research, fund-raising , and outreach is highly desirable.


Santa Monica, CA

Application Review

Review of applications will begin early November