Opening for Junior Research Fellow

The Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) is a Stockholm-based independent and non-profit research and policy institute. The Institute is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, particularly the interrelationship between conflict, security and development. The Institute’s primary areas of geographic focus are Asia and Europe’s neighborhood. ISDP has two constituent parts: The Silk Road Studies Program and the Asia Program.

We seek a full-time Junior Research Fellow to work closely with researchers and staff to monitor and produce content for ISDP’s Stockholm China Center. The position entails following the latest political developments in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on China’s foreign policy, and building insightful analysis that can be utilized for reports and policy papers. Responsibilities will include contributing to a bi-monthly newsletter, writing for the Institute’s various publications, as well undertaking various administration tasks.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work independently and have a capacity to adapt to a fluid research environment which follows the ever-changing direction of geo-politics.

Please note that although this is a research position other projects/tasks may be assigned from time to time which may contribute more to the ongoing running of the Institute. The position ideally suits a candidate desiring to make an impact in a small organization.

Qualifications Required for the Position:

• A Master’s degree in social science, public policy, journalism, or related discipline.
• English speaker with good writing skills.
• High proficiency in Chinese both written and oral.
• Previous research experience in academia, think tank, journalism, policy, or similar environment.
• An analytical mind with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
• Good presentation skills with an ability to professionally represent ISDP at high level meetings.
• Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office).
• A team player with an ability to coordinate effectively with co-workers and external researchers.
• Strong cross-cultural skills working together with others from different cultural backgrounds in a professional manner.
• Able to respond to instruction but also take the initiative in developing ISDP’s publication series.


• Knowledge of other Asian languages (i.e. Korean/Japanese).
• A strong interest in the fields of peace, security, and politics.
• Experience of living in China.
• Knowledge of layout programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator.

How to Apply:

The position of Junior Research Fellow is initially for 12 months with the opportunity for extension.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, salary requirements, as well as a sample of their writing and any language certificates by April 01 to with “Application for Junior Research Fellow” in the subject line.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.