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Senior Researcher, China and Asia Security programme

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is seeking a Senior Researcher for its China and Asia Security programme. SIPRI’s China and Asia Security programme is part of the Conflict and peace research area. SIPRI’s China and Asia Security programme aims to advance peace and security studies with a particular emphasis on China but also other Asian countries’ role and impact in global, non-traditional and transnational security.



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, media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development. SIPRI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.


Main tasks and responsibilities

The Senior Researcher is responsible for directing a range of tasks, including the following:

  • Prepare the overall programme design and strategy, which includes the research agenda, budget, fundraising strategy, staffing targets and an outreach plan;
  • Coordinate and participate in collecting, processing, analyzing and disseminating data and analysis, and conducting research;
  • Fundraise for the programme and advising others in the programme on fundraising strategies;
  • Manage and mentor staff in line with the programme’s strategy, SIPRI policy and in cooperation with the Director of Studies;
  • Maintain a steady pace of high-quality publications and other forms of outreach, in accordance with SIPRI’s productivity requirements; and
  • Take part in the collective life of the Institute.



The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • At least 5–6 years of experience as a researcher initiating, fundraising for and carrying out her/his own research projects;
  • A record of publications that is commensurate with the length of time worked in research; and
  • A strong and deep knowledge of Asia, combined with a detailed knowledge of key security, conflict and peace issues in China and at least one other Asian country.


Knowledge and skills

When starting the position, the Senior Researcher should have as a minimum, the following knowledge and skills:

  • Strong knowledge of peace, conflict, stability and fragility issues in the region;
  • Sound academic or professional background in conflict analysis and conflict resolution;
  • Proficiency in an Asian language, preferably Mandarin, as well as English; and
  • A university degree or degrees, in disciplines and topics relevant to this post, at a Master’s or Doctoral level, or publications to a Doctoral degree standard.


Contract period 

Starting 1 September 2019 as soon as possible.  The appointment will be for two years initially with a possible extension of up to 6 years. The post is full-time and the successful applicant will be expected to reside in Stockholm. The salary package will be negotiated individually.


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A one-page cover letter in English, detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area;
  • A full CV in English with information about your educational background, relevant experience, skills, acquisition record, major publications;
  • Two writing samples;
  • The names of two potential referees and their contact information.


Applications should be sent via email 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 information about the vacant position, please contact Luc van de Goor, Director of Studies, Conflict and peace (

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