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Researcher, Climate Change and Risk Programme

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is seeking a talented social science Researcher in the study area of Climate Change and Risk (CCR). The Researcher will produce high-quality research on climate-related security risks and multilateral organizations’ responses to these risks. The Researcher should have a demonstrated knowledge of multilateral systems, such as the United Nations and the European Union, and sound knowledge of climate-related security risks.



SIPRI is an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, the media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development. SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all over the world.


The Researcher position

The primary responsibilities of the Researcher are: (a) to conduct research on the climate-related security risks multilateral organizations face and how they are developing their responses to them; and (b) to lead the work of the Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks (EWG) Secretariat. These two main responsibilities are expected to account for 50 per cent working time, respectively. 

The first responsibility is to conduct research on how organizations are developing their work on climate-related security risks. Research topics include, but are not limited to; the conceptual and policy framing of climate security, the institutional architecture, and policy practices.

The second responsibility is to lead the EWG Secretariat with guidance from the CCR Programme Director and other senior principals. This responsibility will include commissioning and guiding research; liaising and collaborating with SIPRI’s partners on improving climate risk assessments and risk management strategies; and disseminating high-quality policy-relevant knowledge that primarily targets multilateral organizations. The EWG Secretariat has appointed a Research Assistant to support its daily administrative work.


Tasks and responsibilities

The Researcher is responsible for:

  • Designing, conducting, and writing high-quality research;
  • Leading the EWG Secretariat;
  • Communicating research findings through journal articles, research reports, policy briefs and other outlets—both written and orally;
  • Preparing research proposals and contributing to research proposals written by other staff within the Peace and Development research area;
  • Collaborating on issues related to climate-related security risks with other SIPRI research staff and external researchers when relevant;
  • Mentoring junior staff including Research Assistants; and
  • Taking part in the collective life of the Institute.



The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • A university degree or degrees, in disciplines and topics relevant to this post (e.g. political science, peace and conflict studies, social science, environment science) to a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree standard;
  • At least 2–3 years of experience as a Researcher initiating and carrying out research projects;
  • A sound knowledge of climate-related security risks as well as the peace, development and security agenda;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the multilateral peacebuilding architecture, preferably the UN and/or the EU;
  • A proven ability to work and deliver in small teams; and
  • A mastery in both written and spoken English.


Contract period

The contract period will initially last for two years and will include the possibility of an extension. The post is full-time and the successful applicant will be expected to reside in Stockholm, Sweden. The salary package will be negotiated individually. The starting date is flexible but preferably 1 December. 


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A one-page cover letter in English detailing your qualification and specifying why you are applying for this position (1 page);
  • A CV in English including your degrees, work experience, publications, language skills and contact details for two referees; and
  • Two writing samples in English (articles, book chapters or substantial pieces of writing up to 10 000 words). It is preferred that at least one sample is single-authored.


Applications should be emailed to: Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Recruitment for this position is ongoing. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


For enquiries regarding the position, please contact: Dr Malin Mobjörk, Director of SIPRI’s CCR Programme,

SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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