Pacific Science Association

Announcements

The following announcments are on behalf of PSA partner organizations.

Click on a headline to go to the announcement:

Job Announcement: New SCOPE Science Officer (Location: Beijing) Posted June 2014.

Job Vacancy: ICSU Executive Director (Location: Paris) Posted June 2014.

Job Vacancy: Head of ICSU Science Programmes (Location: Paris) Posted June 2014.

Job Announcement: New SCOPE Science Officer (Beijing)

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have agreed to establish a second SCOPE office, located in Beijing.

Candidates are invited to apply for the position of science officer.

The deadline for applications is 20 July 2014. Please send an email to SCOPE requesting an application form for this position by clicking here. Indicate “Science Officer Position” in the title of your email. Note that incomplete applications will not be processed. A shortlist of candidates will be identified; applications will then be reviewed by an international expert committee. The objectives of the office are:

One highly-qualified full-time Science Officer will be appointed by SCOPE and RCEES for a three‐year appointment (renewable) to fulfil the functions and objectives of the Office. The profile for the position of Science Officer includes:

A PDF of this job announcement is here.

RETURN TO TOP

Job Vacancy: New ICSU Executive Director

The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking an Executive Director to lead implementation of the strategic goals and plans of the organization, manage its Secretariat and oversee day-to-day operations.

Location: Paris, France
Closing date: 11 August 2014 (midnight CET)
ICSU, founded in 1931, is a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of science for the benefit of society. To accomplish its mission, ICSU facilitates, mobilizes and engages the knowledge and resources of the international science community represented by 31 Scientific Unions and 121 National Scientific Members (representing 141 countries) and 19 Interdisciplinary Bodies set up by ICSU to address specific scientific research areas.
The Executive Director is expected to:

  1. Act to achieve ICSU's mission, strategy and plans, and contribute to their formulation and development;
  2. Work with and seek synergy and harmony among all components of the ICSU membership: Scientific Unions, National Members and Interdisciplinary Bodies;
  3. Ensure effective links between ICSU and partners in the UN, governmental and non-governmental sectors and help raising funds in support of ICSU’s programmes;
  4. Manage the ICSU Secretariat and its staff in Paris and the Regional Offices around the world.

ICSU is seeking candidates with the following:

Qualifications and knowledge

  1. An advanced university degree (Doctorate or equivalent) in a relevant science discipline and a record in the conduct of scientific research;
  2. At least fifteen years of experience in international collaboration and management of scientific programmes;
  3. High-level liaison and representation experience with major national and international scientific and stakeholder bodies.
  4. Knowledge of relevant intergovernmental partner organisations and processes, including UN structures
  5. Demonstrated ability to work within a complex, international, interdisciplinary and multicultural environment
  6. A full command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French and knowledge of other languages is considered an advantage.

Skills

  1. Leadership and management as well as strategic, financial and staff management skills
  2. Excellent communication, networking and partnership building skills
  3. Proven ability to write documents in a concise, convincing manner
  4. Ability to build consensus amongst diverse views
  5. Ability to operate successfully with a high degree of autonomy and to delegate effectively
  6. Ability to participate effectively in fund raising

The salary will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.
The incumbent should be prepared to conduct frequent world-wide travel. There will be an initial probationary period of six months, and the incumbent is expected to reside in the Paris area, certainly after confirmation at the end of the probationary period.

Interested candidates should request a more detailed job description by writing in confidence to the Secretary General at secretarygeneral@icsu.org with ‘ED query’ in the subject line. Applicants are requested to address the job description, qualifications, knowledge and skills requirements in a cover letter and attach a curriculum vitae with the name and contact details of three referees. Applications (preferably in one combined PDF file) should be sent via email, with ‘ED application’ in the subject line, to secretarygeneral@icsu.org. Please indicate where you saw this job advertisement. The closing date for applications is 11 August 2014 (midnight CET).

For more information, please visit ICSU's "Jobs at ICSU" page.

RETURN TO TOP

Job Vacancy: ICSU Head of Science Programmes

The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a Head of Science Programmes to develop and deliver ICSU’s science initiatives.

Location: Paris, France
Closing date: 11 August 2014 (midnight CET)

ICSU is a non-governmental scientific organization with a global membership. ICSU members include 121 national scientific bodies (mostly national academies of science), 31 International Scientific Unions, and 22 International Scientific Associates. Activities focus on three areas: International Research Collaboration; Science for Policy; and Universality of Science. This position offers a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to support global scientific collaboration, join the ICSU management team and further ICSU’s mission to strengthen international science for the benefit of society.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Science Programmes will manage the development and implementation of ICSU’s scientific and science for policy initiatives, as defined in its Strategic Plan.  He/she will line manage the science staff and take on project management responsibility for specific projects. He/she will also be responsible for supporting two of ICSU’s policy committees (the Committee on Scientific Planning and Review and the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the conduct of Science), collaborating with the Chairpersons to help the committees meet ICSU’s strategic needs.  He/she will work closely with the Executive Director and the other members of the management team, for example on strategy development, providing the scientific input for fundraising and media engagement.

The ICSU Secretariat, located in Paris, is a small international team of 18 people and currently also hosts the interim Secretariat for Future EarthThe ability to work in close cooperation with others is essential, both with Paris-based staff and with ICSU staff located in the three regional offices (South Africa, Malaysia and Mexico).  International travel will be necessary in this role.

ICSU is seeking candidates with the following:

Qualifications and knowledge

  1. An advanced scientific degree (Doctorate or equivalent) in a relevant natural or social science discipline and a broad interest in science and science policy.
  2. A minimum of 10 years’ experience in international research management and coordination.
  3. Experience of working with stakeholder groups, including policy makers, businesses and civil society with a particular emphasis on improving the relationships with the scientific community.
  4. Knowledge of relevant intergovernmental partner organisations and processes, including UN structures, would be an advantage.
  5. Demonstrated team management experience.
  6. Full command of written and spoken English; working knowledge of French and knowledge of other languages is considered an advantage.

Skills

  1. Ability to turn abstract concepts and early ideas into implemented projects.
  2. Analytical skills and ability to summarise scientific information.
  3. Action-oriented and able to work on own initiative.
  4. Excellent skills in consensus-building across diverse communities, in a complex, international and interdisciplinary environment.
  5. Proven writing skills.

The salary will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Applicants are requested to address the above description, qualifications, knowledge and skills requirements in a cover letter and attach a curriculum vitae with the name and contact details of three referees. They are invited to indicate how serving in this position would support their own future science management career objectives. Applications (preferably in one combined PDF file) should be sent via email, with ‘Head of Science Programmes’ in the subject line, to recruitment@icsu.org and addressed to Dr Steven Wilson, Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU). Please indicate where you saw this job advertisement. The closing date for applications is 11 August 2014 (midnight CET).

For more information, please visit ICSU's "Jobs at ICSU" page.

RETURN TO TOP