Hello! I have a hypothetical question regarding foreign influence and past employment history. I am a PhD student looking for positions in an R&D-related field where DoD and DoE national labs typically hire, but things have been tight regarding funding. However, I was flat-out offered a position in China to do (in theory) non-defense related science for an agency that is funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It’s a competitive and very well compensated 3-year position, and it’s been clear for a while that they’re heavily recruiting foreign talent. I’m not sold on it, but they’re rolling in cash and US-funded science isn’t.
However, I would want to come back to the US eventually, and I am worried that this position would disqualify me from many DoD/DoE positions based on the suspicion of foreign influence. The information regarding disqualification for foreign family members/spouses/dual citizenship/etc seems pretty clear, but I’d like to try and find some more evidence in my situation before I accept/decline this opportunity. (For the record, I have no foreign family, no money or legal issues, and have other family members with active clearance.)