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Researcher: International Cyber Policy Centre

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has an outstanding opportunity for 2 emerging researchers to join its growing centre.

ASPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for the Indo-Pacific’s strategic, defence & policy leaders. The ICPC is a large centre within ASPI that works on a range of topics including traditional cyber-security challenges, espionage & interference, emerging and critical technologies (such as 5G and smart cities), information operations and warfare, cyber-capacity building in the Indo-Pacific, and issues related to social media, surveillance, censorship and human rights. Being an Australian think-tank, the centre takes a natural focus on North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands region.

The ICPC is looking for creative and passionate researchers who can work collaboratively in a team environment to support the centre’s program of work. This will include working with a variety of centre staff to conduct research on a range of priority projects, on project coordination and administration, working to facilitate international fellowships, supporting public and private events and engaging with key stakeholders.

Staff in APSI’s ICPC have diverse backgrounds and are usually involved in several projects at once. We are looking for team members with a flexible, entrepreneurial approach, who is a self-starter, has the ability to deliver to deadlines and enjoys working in a collaborative team environment. Foreign languages (particularly Asian languages) and social media analysis skills are desirable but not essential.

Duties:

  • support the drafting of research papers, policy briefs, online blog items by providing research assistance
  • conduct qualitative and quantitative research on specific topics for publication
  • coordinate and develop national and international dialogues
  • collaborate, manage and interact with external stakeholders
  • assist the Executive Director to deliver a funded research project focused on foreign interference in Australian states and territories
  • represent ASPI in meetings as required; and

Selection Criteria:

Essential Qualifications:

  • Exceptional investigative research and writing skills
  • The ability to initiate, set priorities and manage work requirements 
  • demonstrated ability to conduct and produce research, and contribute collaboratively to other projects
  • appropriate tertiary qualifications with strong academic achievement and research experience

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Experience working in a Government department and familiarity with Australia’s national security landscape

The successful candidate will be offered a remuneration package at a level aligned with their demonstrated skills and expertise. This is a contract position for an initial 1 year term with the option of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding partnerships.

ASPI promotes a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and values unique contributions of all people.  The institute strongly encourages people from diverse cultural backgrounds including applicants from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply. The position can be flexible to suit the successful applicant, including part time working arrangements.

For further information about this position contact ASPI on (02) 6270 5100 or visit www.aspi.org.au.

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] no later than Sunday 30 November. Applications should include:

  • A one-page letter that links your skills to the above requirements;
  • A resume including names and contact details of two professional referees