is an independent national research institute functioning in conjunction with the Parliament of Finland that seeks to produce reliable and current knowledge on international political and economic relations and European Union affairs. The research work and expertise of the Institute support public policymaking and promote informed debate in Finland and internationally.

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


for the period of 1.1.2020-31.12.2024

to the following research programme:

The Global Security Research Programme


The programme focuses on the global power structure and the development of global governance, especially in the areas of security policy and international energy and climate policy, as well as the religious and ideological motivations of international conflicts. The geopolitical emphasis of the research is on the United States, China and new emerging powers.

The main task of a Programme Director (PD) is to successfully manage his/her programme. The PD participates in the planning of research and other work necessary for the Institute, under the guidance of the FIIA leadership.  In addition, a PD also has personal research duties.

Successful performance of these duties will require broad expertise and substantial international experience, preferably in research-related functions. An excellent disposition for teamwork, and experience of influencing public policy and of the work of think tank organizations will be advantages. Experience of practical leadership tasks, showing the applicant’s ability to manage a research community and to act as supervisor for the researchers, is particularly valued.

For the successful performance of these tasks, a Doctor’s degree and fluency in English are required.

Applications must be addressed to the Director of the Institute and submitted to the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, PO Box 425, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland (address Arkadiankatu 23 B, Helsinki). Applications may also be submitted by e-mail to The final deadline for applications is 27 September 2019, 4.15 pm Finnish time. Applications will not be returned.

Applications should include a CV (max. 5 pages) specifying the principal scientific qualifications and achievements and other evidence of competence and distinctions, and a separate list of publications. A provisional plan is also requested indicating the applicant’s research and publication plan of his/her own research work for the programme period.

Earlier applications for the position will be taken into consideration.

Further details of the research work and other FIIA activities are available on our website at If you need more information, please contact Director Teija Tiilikainen, tel. +358 9 432 7701 on 18 September at 3-4 pm or e-mail