The Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) is hiring two Research Scholars to work on the AFI project on a comparative study on the Arctic: Analysis and synthesis of the national policies & strategies and agendas of the Arctic states and the Arctic Council observer countries, as well as the strategies, programs and agendas of the Arctic Council and its working groups.
The Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) is a new-generation research project coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent organization whose work focuses on the interface between science and policy. IIASA’s major partner in the AFI is the Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest network for international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. AFI aims to deliver decision support with options that balance environmental protection, economic prosperity, and societal wellbeing for the rapidly changing Arctic. The research is intended to support public and private policymaking in Arctic and non-Arctic countries, Arctic residents, and civil society. The AFI builds on IIASA’s cross-cutting expertise in applied systems analysis and its global capacity to convene high-level international dialogues.
Two positions for Research Scholars in Political Science, International Relations, International Law and Science Diplomacy are available for early stage postdoc researchers – a full-time and part-time (50%) position. The successful candidates will be working on a comparative study, analysis and synthesis of the national policies & strategies and agendas of the Arctic states and the Arctic Council observer countries, as well as the strategies, programs and agendas of the Arctic Council and its working groups.
We seek motivated and independent scholars, able to work autonomously in an inter- and transdisciplinary, and multicultural environment. Prof. Lassi Heininen, in the capacity of Senior Research Scholar (associate) at IIASA, is leading the project. The project started in autumn 2017 and the aim is to finish by late spring 2019, when the final report will be published.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Systematic collection of all relevant material (of national policies, strategies, agendas of the Arctic states and the Arctic Council observer countries; the strategies, programs and agendas of the Arctic Council and its working groups; as well as the sessions of Arctic Circle assemblies in 2013-2018);
Systematic mapping and thorough analysis of the material according to indicators / variables, and investigate the priorities, missing elements, and potential gaps;
Comparing material on countries, regions, and the Arctic Council for similarities and differences, as well as possible gaps;
Delivering an electronic database on the collected and analyzed material;
Delivering a systematic and analyzed synthesis report of existing policies, strategies and agendas, thus drawing up a holistic view on the region;
Participating actively in AFI workshops and IIASA internal meetings as needed;
Contributing to other project deliverables, such as articles in peer-reviewed journals;
Contributing to stakeholder communication.
Skills and Qualifications:
PhD degree relevant to the topic, for example in political sciences, international relations, international law, governance or science diplomacy;
Outstanding research skills to examine, analyze and summarize policy documents;
Experience in literature search, studying archives and internet searches;
Experience in establishing qualitative and quantitative databases;
Good computer skills and experience of information sharing;
Full fluency in English, both written and spoken;
Good knowledge of issues related to the Arctic.
Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria.
One successful candidate will be offered a full-time position (40 hours per week).
The second successful candidate will be offered a part-time position (20 hours per week).
Both employment contracts will initially be offered for the duration of one year. Following a satisfactory evaluation of the first year’s work, the appointment periods can be extended further.
IIASA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (moving and settlement allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation). IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria but subject to the principle of income aggregation.
IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.
To apply, please email
A cover letter including your motivation for applying;
A detailed résumé including education (PhD) and professional career (CV);
A list of your publications;
Two recent examples of research work;
Confirmed copies of all appropriate diplomas;
Full contact details (including email addresses) of three work-related references
Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Deadline for receipt of applications: Thursday, 21 June 2018.
Preference will be given to eligible internal applicants.
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