Opening for Junior Research Fellow at ISDP

The Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) is looking for a full-time Junior Research Fellow to work closely with researchers and staff to monitor and produce content for ISDP’s Stockholm China Center.

The ISDP is a Stockholm-based independent and non-profit research and policy institute. The Institute is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the interrelationship between conflict, security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighborhood. ISDP has two constituent parts: The Silk Road Studies Program and the Asia Program.

Job Description:

The position entails following the latest political developments in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on China’s foreign policy, and building insightful analysis that can be utilized for reports and policy papers.  Responsibilities will include preparing seminars and conferences, writing for the Institute’s various publications, as well as undertaking various administration tasks. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work independently and have a capacity to adapt to a fluid research environment which follows the ever-changing direction of geo-politics.

Please note that although this is a research position other projects/tasks may be assigned which may contribute more to the ongoing running of the Institute. The position ideally suits a candidate desiring to make an impact in a small organization.

The position is based in Stockholm and is set as a probationary period of 6 months with the opportunity for extension. The salary package ranges between 21 000 SEK and 24 000 SEK depending on qualifications. The applicant should be able to start the position in April 2020. 

Qualifications Required for the Position:

  • A Master’s degree in social science, public policy, journalism, or related discipline.
  • English speaker with excellent writing skills.
  • Proficiency in Chinese both written and oral is preferred.
  • Previous research experience in academia, think tank, journalism, policy, or similar environments.
  • An analytical mind with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Good presentation skills with an ability to professionally represent ISDP at high level meetings.
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • A team player with an ability to coordinate effectively with co-workers and external researchers.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills. An ability to work together with people from different backgrounds in a professional manner.
  • Able to respond to instruction but to also take the initiative in developing ISDP’s publication series.


  • Knowledge of other Asian languages (i.e. Korean/Japanese).
  • A strong interest in the fields of peace, security, and politics.
  • Experience of living in China.
  • Experience of working in the European Policy community
  • Knowledge of layout programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, salary requirements, as well as a sample of their writing and any language certificates by March 10 to with “Application for Junior Research Fellow” in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview so if you have not heard back from us by April 03, 2020, then please assume that we will have moved onto that stage of the process with other candidates.