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


The European Union Research Programme

The programme focuses on the EU’s main trends of development, the external relations of the Union and its political system as well as the member states’ EU policies. Nordic politics in a changing global environment form another focus area of the programme.


The Global Security Research Programme

The programme focuses on the global power structure and the system of global governance as well as the changing system of actors in international politics. The programme also deals with topics of international security as well as energy and climate policies. The geopolitical emphasis of the research is on the United States, China and rising regional 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 doctoral 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 12 April 2019, 4.15 pm Finnish time. In the application, the applicant must specify which position he/she is applying for. 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. We also request a provisional research and publication plan regarding the applicant’s own research projects for the programme period.

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