Organisational Unit: UNU Computing and Society (UNU-CS)
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building — particularly in developing countries — as well as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue.
The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) is a research institute at the intersections of information and communication technology (ICTs) and sustainable development. UNU-CS conducts UN policy-relevant research and generates solutions, addressing key issues expressed in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through high-impact innovations and frontier technologies. Through its research, UNU-CS encourages data-driven and evidence-based actions and policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNU-CS is situated in Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), China, and it is the only UN entity in the city. The Pearl River Delta, which embraces Macau, Hong Kong, and Guangdong Province, is considered an emerging Silicon Valley due to its booming economy and technological innovations. The strategic location provides an exciting opportunity for researchers and experts to maximise impact of their work.
More information can be found at https://cs.unu.edu.
UNU-CS welcomes seasoned researchers to join us and co-create exciting research projects together. With this aim, we are establishing a Senior Research Fellow programme.
Senior Research Fellows will spend three (3) to six (6) months in residence at UNU-CS in Macau to explore research topics based on our common interest, independently or jointly with a UNU-CS host researcher. You will conduct high-quality research that can push new frontiers, deepen core research understanding, and/or offer new approaches to long-standing developmental issues in the field of ICTs and sustainable development. Your research outcomes will inform UN policymaking on the issues related to ICTs and sustainable development.
The goals of the programme are to:
The selected Senior Research Fellows will receive the following benefits:
In the future, we will accept applications on a quarterly basis for review on 1 October 2019, 4 January 2020, 1 April 2020, and 1 July 2020, for expected starting dates of 4 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October 2020, respectively (see the table below):
|Application Deadlines||Application Review Dates||Expected Starting Dates|
|30 September 2019||1 October 2019||4 January 2020|
|31 December 2019||4 January 2020||1 April 2020|
|30 March 2020||1 April 2020||1 July 2020|
|30 June 2020||1 July 2020||1 October 2020|
Selected candidates may be invited for a (joint) presentation/interview to elaborate on the project proposal, as part of the selection process.
At the end of this fellowship programme, the Senior Research Fellows are expected jointly or independently to produce a research paper and a UN policy-relevant output.
Required qualifications and experience include:
Required competencies include:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UN income is not subject to taxes in Macau.
This is a resident position of three (3) to six (6) months on a Consultant Contract (CTC) with UNU-CS.
This is a contract position falling outside of the United Nations Common System. The successful candidate will not hold international civil servant status nor be a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
3rd Quarter of 2019
Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 May 2019, and must include the following:
If you plan to work with a specific UNU-CS researcher, the host researcher will also write a letter to endorse your application by responding to the following questions, as part of the application package:
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