FIIA is searching for a Senior Research Fellow on EU relations with the Middle East and North Africa

FinlandThe Finnish Institute of International Affairs is currently seeking a Senior Research Fellow to focus on the EU’s relations with the Middle East and North Africa.

The appointment will take effect in January 2014 at the earliest, and will run until the end of 2016 in line with the completion of the three-year programme period.

The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the Middle East and/or the broader Mediterranean region. We particularly appreciate sound expertise in the EU’s relations and policies towards these regions. The applicant should preferably hold a Doctoral degree, and should have demonstrated her/his competence through previous academic and public activities. The FIIA accepts educational qualifications and relevant working experience acquired in Finland or abroad. In addition, excellent language and teamwork skills are highly valued.

The application should be written in English and include a cover letter, CV, publication list and a research plan comprising a maximum of 5 pages. The research proposal should outline the research intended to be undertaken during the appointment period. It should introduce the key themes and research questions, theories and methods to be employed, the timetable, as well as dissemination and networking strategies. Ongoing and planned research collaboration/projects should also be mentioned.

The application documents should be sent to the FIIA either by mail (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, P.O. Box 400, 00161 Helsinki, Finland) or via email ( The application must reach us no later than Wednesday 11 December 2013 at 16:15 local Finnish time. Applications received after this time will not be considered. The application documents will not be returned to applicants.

For further information about the position, please contact Director Teija Tiilikainen by email ( or by phone (+358 9 432 7701) on 20 November between 14:00 and 15:00 or on 2 December between 15:00 and 16:00; or Programme Director Juha Jokela by email ( or by phone (+358 9 432 7730) on 27 November between 11:00 and 12:00 or on 10 December between 15:00 and 16:00.

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