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The Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI, pronounced “sky”) is Stanford’s home for empirical, multidisciplinary research on China’s economy. We aim to foster path-breaking research, create transformative student experiences, and advance public understanding of China’s economy and its impact on the world. Our research runs the gamut from developing interventions to improve early child health and education, to conducting large-scale surveys of Chinese factory workers and college students, to detailed analyses of China’s carbon emissions data.

We are looking for an academic editor to help SCCEI’s faculty and graduate students with drafting and publishing papers based on our field data. You would:
Work collaboratively with faculty and graduate students to prepare papers for academic publication, including:
  • Drafting papers based on SCCEI data
  • Responding to comments from journal editors
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Article formatting and submission
Other research-related tasks, such as:
  • Managing IRB protocol review
  • Preparing conference submissions
  • Drafting and editing funding proposals
Hold periodic virtual coaching sessions with graduate students at our partner universities in China, to help train them on writing fundamentals and ensure that their logic and structure adheres to academic publishing standards.

You will have a chance to co-author papers that are drafted/published under your direction. This is an excellent opportunity to learn quantitative research skills and methodologies, build up writing and publishing experience, and hone your research interests in preparation for a graduate degree program, or the next step in your China-focused career. Past academic editors have gone on to top medical school, law school, masters, and PhD programs in the US.

Graduating seniors or recent graduates with a background in applied social science research are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must:
  • Be a native English speaker with exceptional writing skills
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Mandarin Chinese language ability not required, but a plus.

We ask for a minimum 12 month commitment. Start date is flexible. The position is normally based out of our office on Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto, but for the foreseeable future, all SCCEI employees are in work-from-home status. You can expect to make your own schedule, but to be paired with a mentor from SCCEI’s senior research team, and to use Zoom regularly for virtual check-ins with faculty and collaborative meetings with graduate students and other senior research colleagues.