For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
UNU-MERIT explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on the creation and diffusion of knowledge, as well as all aspects of governance in domestic and global organizations, from risk assessment to policy analysis, design and evaluation. UNU-MERIT functions as a unique research centre and graduate school for over 80 PhD fellows and 100 Master’s students, and as a UN think tank addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance. In addition to policy-relevant research, the institute trains specialists who combine a high level of academic scholarship with leadership, in order to strengthen democratic governance in domestic and international organisations. For more information, in particular on the details of the research themes, please visit http://www.merit.unu.edu.
UNU-MERIT works in close partnership with Maastricht University. In particular, the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) has integrated its activities into UNU-MERIT, including the Master and PhD programs, and all research activities. For more information on MGSoG, see http://mgsog.merit.unu.edu.
Under the authority and supervision of the Director of UNU-MERIT, the successful candidate will be active in one or more of the following research themes:
More information on the institute’s research themes is available on the website: https://www.merit.unu.edu/themes/
Specific tasks include:
Required qualifications and experience include:
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organization.
UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
We offer a competitive net salary (tax-exempted) at P-5 level and allowances including post adjustment, which is subject to change. The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses and home leave. For more information please visit:
The Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidate at a lower category.
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The period of initial appointment will be for one year with the intention of renewal on a rolling fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance, up to a maximum of six years. The mandatory age of retirement for United Nations staff is 65 years.
Before 1 September 2020.
 The complexity of the tasks and responsibilities will depend on the level of the appointed candidate. UNU Rector reserves the right to appoint suitable candidate at at lower category.
Interested applicants should submit their application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must include the following:
Please note that the institute reserves the right to dismiss applications without notice in case candidates are deemed to have insufficient research experience as evidenced by their publication record.
Applications to: email@example.com