Science Officer (permanent position)

Salary: Euros 40,000–55,000 (net
per year before income tax)
Location: Paris, France
Closing date: 16 August 2010

The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seeking a
Science Officer to assist with the planning and implementation of
ICSU’s initiatives.

ICSU is a non-governmental scientific organization with a
global membership. ICSU members include 121 national scientific bodies
(mostly national academies of science) covering 141 countries, 30
International Scientific Unions, and 21 International Scientific
Associates. Activities focus on three areas: International Research
Collaboration; Science for Policy; and Universality of Science. This
job offers a unique opportunity for the right candidate to help ICSU in
its mission to strengthen international science for the benefit of

The Science Officer will assist with the planning and
implementation of ICSU’s initiatives, with a focus on sustainability
research including global environmental change. Examples of work tasks
include support to ICSU committees, interaction with ICSU partners and
members, and coordination of international research programmes. The ICSU
Secretariat, located in Paris, France, is a small international team
of 16 people and the ability to work in close cooperation with others
is important.

ICSU is seeking candidates with the following:
Qualifications and knowledge

  • An advanced scientific degree (preferably Doctorate) in a
    relevant natural or social science discipline and a further 5 years
    research or science management experience; and a broad interest in
  • Demonstrated experience in science project/programme
    development and coordination.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and preferably some
    knowledge of French and/or other languages.
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office systems, and of
    electronic databases and Web sites.


  • Ability to draft reports and summarize scientific
  • Good organisational skills and the capacity to deliver on
    allocated tasks and respond in a timely manner to deadlines.
  • Positive and constructive attitude.
  • Action-orientated and responsible.
  • Creative and willing to take initiative.
  • Good interpersonal skills and readiness to work within a
    team environment.

The salary (Euros 40,000–55,000 net per year before income
tax) will be dependent on the experience and qualifications of the
candidate. Applicants are requested to address the above description and
qualifications in a cover letter and attach a curriculum vitae with
the name and contact details of three referees. They are invited to
indicate how serving in this position would support their own future
science career objectives. Applications, with ‘Science Officer’ in the
subject line, should be sent via email to and addressed to
Professor Deliang Chen, Executive Director, International Council for
Science (ICSU).

The closing date for applications is 16 August 2010.




Science Officer Position Information