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Senior Researcher and Director of Studies, Conflict and Peace


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) seeks a Senior Researcher and Director of Studies to lead its Conflict and Peace cluster.

The post

SIPRI's research is organized under three thematic areas of study, or clusters—Armament and Disarmament, Conflict and Peace, Peace and Development. Each area of study is headed by a Director of Studies, who is a member of the Institute’s Senior Management Team.

The purpose of the post is to manage and develop the thematic Conflict and Peace cluster. This area of study covers a thriving set of programmes that includes SIPRI research at the national, regional and international levels within the broad themes of political instability, insecurity and violent conflict, security policies, conflict management and peace processes. The position is expected to develop and implement the research strategy of the cluster, ensuring that it is resourced and managing the staff working within it. The Director of Studies will balance competing demands on her/his time, mentor researchers and continue to be an active and leading researcher. The successful candidate will be a top-class researcher on themes in the cluster, with a talent for communication, the ability to manage people and budgets, an entrepreneurial instinct and a strong commitment to SIPRI’s values and mission.

Tasks and responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Director of Studies will be:

  • Leading the work of the Conflict and Peace cluster of research programmes, including the dissemination of results;
  • Ensuring that all research proposals are well presented and properly budgeted;
  • Managing and mentoring staff and conducting performance assessments;
  • Presenting research results and conclusions in a variety of media and settings;
  • Ensuring the development and delivery of the annual Stockholm Security Conference; and
  • Being an active member of the Senior Management Team of the Institute.

Contract period

Starting from as soon as possible, the appointment will be for two years initially with possible extension up to 6 years. The post is full-time. The salary package will be negotiated individually.

Further details

For a full job description, contact Helena Berger at Please state ‘Conflict and Peace’ as a reference in the subject line of your email with the request.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a resume/CV and a one-page cover letter in English to: Please state ‘Conflict and Peace’ as a reference in the subject line of your email with the application materials.


The initial closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.


For confidential enquiries contact Director Dan Smith at


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


The trade union contact persons at SIPRI are Pieter Wezeman for ST ( and Jiayi Zhou for Saco-S (