Join the ICCS: New work experience placements announced

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2013

The ICCS is pleased to announce the creation of work experience placements commencing from the Summer of 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a new and forward looking research institute engaging in cutting-edge research that is policy orientated. The ICCS draws together a number of internationally renowned experts with a commitment to addressing the dynamics of both conflict and cooperation in a globally interconnected world. The Institute’s work on conflict, cooperation, and security focuses on the following dimensions:

• Theories and practices of cooperation in relation to global security challenges
• Trust-building and conflict-transformation
• Multidisciplinary approaches to state-building and post-conflict reconstruction
• The conduct and changing character of warfare.
• The ethical implications of state responses to contemporary security threats

The successful applicant will be linked to one of our ICCS research themes directly relevant to their area of research interest. Within each research theme, they will play an integral role in supporting innovative research projects and proposals. More broadly, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to some of the following: supporting the research of theme leaders, assisting in the writing up of reports; helping to organize conferences and events; preparing news updates; contributing to op-eds; and assisting the editor on the ICCS brief.

Joining the ICCS also provides an excellent opportunity for those considering further academic studies as each applicant will be assigned a mentor from the staff of the ICCS who will provide career guidance and advice on the development of the applicant’s research work (e.g. helping to support the writing of a Master’s dissertation and/or shape a PhD research proposal).

How to apply:

The placement is for 20 working days over a maximum 10 week period commencing from July 2013 and applicants would have the opportunity to spend two days per week working within the ICCS. Please note, this is an unpaid position.

The following skills and experience are essential:

• Excellent graduate or post-graduate degree in a related discipline.
• Strong research, writing, and organisational skills.
• Established interest in global security issues.

The application deadline is a rolling one as it is our intention to have a number of placements at the Institute at any one time. Please send a cover letter of up to 2 sides of A4 (including your preferred research theme) detailing how your current and future research would benefit from such a placement; a Curriculum Vitae; a recent writing sample (1,500-2000 words) and the names and addresses of two referees to Dr David Norman at d.j.norman@bham.ac.uk  Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Norman.

All candidates will be contacted regarding the success of their application. Only complete applications will be reviewed.