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Research Associate Full Time

Job Description

We are looking for a Research Associate to join the CyberPeace Institute. In an age where the sophistication and hybrid nature of cyberattacks is deepening the accountability gap, we are looking for a hands-on professional with a drive to protect civilian populations. The jobholder’s deliveries will be critical to negate the possibility of malicious actors to do global harm and ensure that vulnerable populations are safe in cyberspace.

The Research Associate will support the Senior Advisor on Cyber Capacity and Foresight to forecast and analyse threats and opportunities associated with the convergence of disruptive technologies in cyberspace (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Brain Machine Interface, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 5G, Distributed Ledger Technology). The successful candidate will investigate how these disruptions are impacting regional communities, notably in the Global South and emerging economies, and how increasing usage of Internet and new technologies impact cybersecurity and cyber capacity building globally. Through analysis and facilitation of partnerships, the successful candidate will inform the CyberPeace Institute strategy, notably by linking data - technology - ethics - policies - and human resources aspects of disruptions in cyberspace.

This is a tremendous opportunity to effectively foster current and future collective intelligence against cyberattacks, and promote peace in cyberspace. If you want to support the most vulnerable, and if you wish to work in a demanding but yet challenging and rewarding environment, we are excited to receive your application.


Under the leadership of the Senior Advisor on Cyber Capacity and Foresight, the Research Associate will work on a daily basis with cyber experts from the technical to the policy and regulatory fields. The jobholder will;

  • Research and analyse threats and opportunities related to the convergence of disruptive technologies, notably in the Global South and emerging economies;

  • Produce strategic analysis reports and research papers;

  • Facilitate partnerships with experts from industry, academia and civil society, and relevant public sector entities;

  • Produce interviews of field experts;

  • Support the Institute engagement in capacity building efforts with its wide community of experts and partners;

  • Support the creation and delivery of the Institute’s innovation framework, notably by informing the Institute strategic approach towards new technologies;

  • Support the project planning and evaluation of opportunities and risks;

  • Provide general research oriented and network curation support (i.e. stakeholder engagement, meeting organisation, minute taking);

  • Perform any other ad-hoc tasks required for the good performance of the Institute, across the various teams, projects and initiatives.

Experience, skills and attributes

  • A proven track record in relevant research methods (i.e. threat forecasting, technology mapping, scenario building, etc), which is apparent from publications in academic journals, presentations at international scientific conferences, and other professional activities;

  • A hands-on expertise on the relevant areas, e.g., in mapping technological disruption and societal consequences, in understanding and articulating challenges and opportunities related to convergence between tech/cyber and law and policy, in multidisciplinary approaches to cybersecurity, in cybersecurity related capacity building and public private cooperation;

  • Experience in working with data analysis and visualization;

  • Experience in working in a multicultural environment at the international level;

  • Strong attention to detail, diligent, and able to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for reporting findings and conveying technical information to technical and non-technical people;

  • Be a lateral thinker, capable of listening to other people’s points of view, and understanding and integrating multiple internal and external perspectives;

  • Have a strong team spirit and enjoy working in teams composed of people from different fields and backgrounds.


The working language of the Institute is English. A strong command of this language (C2) is required, ideally with a good understanding of the cybersecurity jargon. Showing similar command in other languages will be considered an asset.

Equal opportunities

The CyberPeace Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Additional information

  • Type of contract: One year contract, with a possibility of renewal
  • Working rate: 100%
  • Starting date: as soon as possible
  • Location: Geneva (GVA), with remote working possibilities


  • a CV (2 pages max), in pdf format.
  • a cover letter (half a page max) describing your motivation, in pdf format.
  • 3 examples of previous work (i.e. written contributions, projects’ description-max half page each) in pdf format.
  • 3 contact references (email and phone number)

Deadline for application is 15/08/2020 23:59 CET

Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.