Research Assistant – International Center for Future Generations

Location: Brussels or remote

Contract: Fixed term appointment for 1 year (with option to renew for 2 years)
Salary & Benefits: Competitive
Closing date: October 12, 2022

About ICFG

The International Center for Future Generations (ICFG) is a European think-and-do-tank for improving societal resilience in relation to exponential technologies and existential risks. ICFG focuses on cause areas such as: Climate Crisis Solutions, Biorisk Mitigation, and Technology Risk Mitigation.

About the role

We seek to employ 1-2 full-time research assistants to support its research agenda on long-term governance in the European Union, initially for a one-year period.

As a research assistant, you will provide assistance on a number of activities, such as:
• Mapping of long-term and existential risk academic communities in Europe.
• Developing recommendations for improved long-term governance.
• Organizing a conference on long-term governance in 2023 Brussel.

Additionally, you will support a PhD-researcher in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Candidate requirements

Essential criteria include:
• Experience in execution of independent research projects, at least at the level of a masters’ thesis.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to perform literature reviews and search for data sources.
• Ability to interpret and analyze patterns or trends in data.
• Ability to perform work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail.

Criteria that are considered a plus:
• Experience of communicating research findings to decision makers outside academia.
• Knowledge and interest in existential risk and longtermism.
• One of the research assistants will focus primarily on quantitative data analysis. Candidates for this role should have an undergraduate and Masters degree in a discipline that requires quantitative analysis and data management, such as economics or econometrics, and have experience using Stata, R or similar programs for analyzing large scale data sets.
• If working remotely, living within sufficient proximity to Brussels to occasionally meet there is considered a plus.

Commitments

• Full-time position (40 hours per week)
• Regular overtime expected
• National and international travel required

How to apply

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, please submit your CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfill the role description and personal specification to: Bas Heerma van voss at b.heermavanvoss@icfg.eu. Queries can also be directed to Bas.

The deadline for applications is October 12, 2022 at 12.00 pm CEST.

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