The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is currently seeking

a Junior Research Fellow / a Research Fellow

in its European Union research programme.

The appointment will take effect in March 2020 at the earliest, and will run until the end of May 2021 in line with the completion of the EU Idea research project, which focuses on differentiated integration and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The successful candidate will have good knowledge of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies and EU integration more broadly, a very good command of English, and the ability to conduct research tasks under the guidance of our senior research fellows. Excellent communication and teamwork skills as well as the availability to travel abroad will be highly valued, as the tasks include the coordination of an international research team and participation in international network meetings.  

The applicant should hold as a minimum a Master’s degree and should have demonstrated her/his competence through previous research and publication activities. FIIA accepts educational qualifications and relevant working experience acquired in Finland or abroad. Proficiency in further European languages is an advantage.

Application documents should be written in English and include a cover letter, CV, publication list and a provisional research plan comprising a maximum of two (2) pages. The research proposal should outline the research interests of the applicant, which will be further discussed with candidates who are invited for an interview.  

Application documents should be sent to FIIA either by mail (Finnish Institute of International Affairs, P.O. Box 425, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland) or via email ( The application must reach us no later than 17 January 2020 at 16:15 local Finnish time. Applications received after this time will not be considered. The application documents will not be returned to the applicants.

For further information about the position, please contact Programme Director Juha Jokela by email ( or by phone (+358 9 432 7730) on 17 December 14:30-16:00 or 14 January 15:00-16:00.