Demos Helsinki is Growing and Needs Two Research Area Leads

Demos Helsinki

Demos Helsinki

Looking for two new research area leads

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Demos Helsinki is an independent think tank set up in 2005. We want to affect the ongoing global transformations actively and build sustainable and fair post-industrial societies. We aim to create a lasting impact through research, consulting, and other activities. For 15 years, we have helped governments, research councils, corporations, cities, NGOs, and universities grasp and build desirable futures.

We are now growing our research operations with the objective of establishing a world-class research institute. We do this to speed up societal change and to provide evidence, scenarios, and knowledge on how to build a fair and sustainable society. We are establishing two new research areas that complement our current research work in futures studies, urban transformations, and research impact.

We welcome you to join our international and multidisciplinary team of close to 50 experts from various fields of science, engineering, and arts.  We are already involved in research projects in the highly competed Horizon 2020 and Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland programs and partner with some of the most influential changemakers and research and innovation organizations in the world.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

We are looking for two new research area leads who:

  • Have the sense of urgency of speeding up the transition towards ecologically and socially sustainable societies;
  • Are enthusiastic about the impact research can make;
  • Are intimate with an integrative approach looking at society’s grand challenges from a transdisciplinary perspective;
  • Are curious about the ongoing transformations of the political, societal, and economic systems and their implications to the environment, equality, democracy, and governance;
  • Have a strong background in one of the research areas we are recruiting for;
  • Have a research topic  of their own and wish to grow that to a larger research agenda;
  • Have good networking, people, and project management skills.

Demos Helsinki: Lead for Governance for the Future

Open Position #1: Research Area Lead for Governance for the Future

In this position with Demos Helsinki, you will start building your own research group in the Governance for the Future domain. You will drive the creation of our research portfolio in one, or some, of the following Horizon Europe domains:

  • Democracy and governance;
  • Social and economic transformations;
  • Emerging technologies and their role in the fair transition.

Your main instruments will be European collaborative research and innovation projects. You already have experience in writing successful project proposals and have some understanding of what Horizon 2020 is. You know how to operationalize your research ambitions into projects. To succeed in this position, your background can be in, for example, social sciences and humanities, innovation studies,  design research, engineering, or the law.

We offer you a world-class research funding acquisition pipeline and existing partnerships with the best international universities and research institutes. You will also have access to fast real-life impact via our international consulting clients, including some of the world’s largest companies and first-mover public sector organizations. Some of our past work in this domain includes the planning of the Design for Government process for the Prime Minister’s Office in Finland,  running the secretariat of the Global Innovation Council, and a number of Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland and Horizon 2020 projects varying from democracy innovations to adaptive governance to the use of blockchains in the public sector.

You will be in the roles of PI/Vice-PI/Work Package lead/Task lead in the research projects. You will have the support of our junior research staff as well as our senior research colleagues from complementing disciplines, as well as a team of think tank experts who work for client consultancy projects in this domain.

The position is filled for three years with an option to continue in the position based on the status of the research project portfolio at the end of the term. The person chosen for this position needs to start latest by the 1 September 2020, but can also start earlier. We can provide support for your expatriation to Finland and we also strongly encourage overseas candidates to apply for this position.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Postdoc or Associate/Adjunct/Full Professor or similar academic merits;
  • Past work with international collaborative research projects and/or proposals;
  • High quality and quantity scientific merits from your specific research area.

Additional aspects that are considered an asset in the evaluation:

  • Past success in acquiring Horizon2020 research project funding;
  • Good international networks in the field;
  • Top scientific publications;
  • Other roles, activities, and awards in the research community internationally;
  • Past professorships in this domain;
  • Past experience in working directly with or for governments.

Please apply by 8 March 2020

Please apply to each of these positions by sending your application to careers@demoshelsinki.fi with the title “Research Area Lead for Governance for the Future” including:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV;
  • List of publications and/or portfolio of work;
  • Names and telephone numbers of two referees.

Demos Helsinki: Lead for Sustainability Transitions

Open Position #2: Research Area Lead for Sustainability Transitions

In this position with Demos Helsinki, you will drive the design of our research portfolio in sustainability transitions. You will contribute to the interaction work in our ongoing projects BlueAdapt and SUDDEN, both funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland. You will also take part in planning and writing new research proposals to Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe programs.

You have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. This can be in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, environmental economics, environmental social sciences, transformation studies, systems studies, futures studies, or other relevant fields.

You have an interest in research impact and stakeholder interaction. You have some experience in, for example, communicating and disseminating scientific results, managing stakeholder interaction, and advancing evidence-informed policy-making.

You will have the support of our junior research staff and senior research colleagues from complementing disciplines, a working research funding acquisition pipeline as well as a team of think tank experts who work for client consultancy projects in this domain.

The position is filled until 31 December 2022 with an option to continue the position based on the status of the research project portfolio at the end of the term. The person for this position needs to be able to start the work at the latest by 1 June 2020, but can also start earlier.

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Ph.D. or postdoc;
  • Ability to communicate clearly as well as good presentation skills;
  • Ability to plan and facilitate research impact and interaction activities;
  • Good command of the Finnish language.

Additional aspects that are considered an asset in the evaluation:

  • Past experience in using evidence-based strategies from NGOs, the public or private sector;
  • Past experience of research interaction work in this area;
  • Past experience of Horizon2020 projects;
  • Existing international networks in the field;
  • Quality and quantity of scientific publications;
  • Past academic merits beyond the postdoc level;
  • Other roles, activities, and awards in the research community internationally.

Please apply by 8 March 2020

Please apply to each of these positions by sending your application to careers@demoshelsinki.fi with the title “Research Area Lead for Sustainability Transitions” including:

  • Cover letter;
  • CV;
  • List of publications and/or portfolio of work;
  • Names and telephone numbers of two referees.

For more information, you can call Roope Ritvos, Director of Research Operations, at  +358 40 4662161 on Thursday 27 February between 10-15 (EET)  or Wednesday 4 March between 10-15 (EET)

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