Job Location: East Asia
Position Type: Contractor
Job Category: Digital Forensic Research Lab

About DFRLab:

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way!

Join our fast-paced and truly global team, as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected than at any point in history, by building the world’s leading hub of digital forensic analysts tracking events in governance, technology, security, and where each intersect as they occur, as well as a network of #DigitalSherlocks;

To create a new model of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results;

To identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.

The DFRLab is at the forefront of open-source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersect. These unprecedented methods allow us to inform the public and policymakers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crisis, and human rights violations in a uniquely human and tangible way.

We’re doing a different kind of research and creating new industry standards that account for a paradigm shift in the way humans connect with each other and consume information.

And we’re growing a digitally native publication to match that ambition.

The DFRLab is building a movement. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Job Summary

This role will play a key part in the expansion of the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab and Asia Security Initiative’s work in East Asia. You will monitor the regional information environment in order to produce four distinct issue briefs on the topic of Chinese disinformation and information operations regionally.

Your research will be focused on, but not limited to, identifying and explaining the origin and spread of malign narratives around development, elections, regional conflicts, as well as other issues pertaining specifically to East Asian countries. You will work with both the DFRLab’s global team and experts in the Asia Security Initiative to support this research. In addition to research, you will engage a broader network of international and local partners in order to coordinate research and foster digital resilience throughout the region.

This position is part of a dedicated six-month project studying Chinese disinformation and is thus part-time with dedicated outputs in the publication of four issue briefs. There is possibility for extension after the project’s end.

We are currently hiring for an immediate start-date. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.


  • Conduct research for and manage the production of 4 issue briefs on the topic of regional Chinese disinformation and information operations;
  • Conduct continuous open-source investigative research into the information environment, evolving disinformation trends, and state-sponsored information operations throughout the East Asia region;
  • Gather and analyze relevant narrative data;
  • Communicate with the international community to foster understanding of the role of online disinformation in the region;
  • Act as a liaison for local media and research partners;
  • Conduct briefings for government officials and civil society on research outcomes;
  • Identify additional research avenues;
  • Assist broader reporting, as needed.


  • Must have a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Must be fluent in English;
  • Familiarity with major regional languages, with a focus on Mandarin, strongly preferred;
  • Must have experience and a passion for using open-source research methodologies;
  • Must have knowledge of the regional political landscape;
  • Must have excellent research and writing skills;
  • Must be a self-starter able to work independently on project outputs;
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in the overlap between international relations, human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and online information environments;
  • Must have a strong journalistic or research background;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials;
  • Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be active on social media with a high degree of digital literacy.