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Senior Researcher / Project Lead

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has an outstanding opportunity for a senior researcher to lead a one-year project looking at leadership networks across Asia.

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 comprising of approximately 30 staff that work on a broad range of topics including traditional cyber-security challenges, espionage & foreign interference, emerging and critical technologies, information operations and online disinformation, cyber-capacity building in the Indo-Pacific, and issues related to surveillance, satellite analysis and human rights.

The successful candidate for this project will need to have a proven track record of high-quality research output and project management. They will also have a combination of the following skills: 

  • Deep knowledge of political dynamics across multiple Asian states.
  • Outstanding analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of complex data.
  • Ability to conduct the highest-quality written research.
  • Very clear writer and strong verbal communicator.
  • Self-starter, able to manage a large, complex project with minimal oversight and to meet strict research deadlines.
  • Experience liaising with a large donor and positively managing donor relations.
  • Flexible mindset and be able to integrate into a flat structure and dynamic team environment.
  • Regional languages are desirable but not essential.
  • A research background in China is desirable but not essential 

Staff in ASPI’s ICPC have diverse backgrounds and are usually involved in several projects at once. It is a busy and creative workplace that values its positive culture and flat hierarchy. This individual will work closely with the centre’s Deputy Director and Director. There will be opportunities to pitch, fundraise for, and build teams around new projects this individual may be passionate about. 

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. At any one-time ASPI has multiple people working at the institute who are on secondments or unpaid leave from the Australian Public Service (APS). Similar arrangements - including secondments - can be negotiated in this instance pending approval from the APS department/agency.

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.



Interviews will start immediately. Applications should be submitted by email to [email protected] and should include the following:

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